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on 19 June 2017
I love Paul Theroux's books which are so full of wonderful information about the countries he visits. I have happily travelled around the world with him. Highly recommended reading.
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on 2 March 2014
Absurd gobbledegook on almost every page - shocking really; I reported it to Amazon.

It didn't spoil it for me because this is in any case the most slapdash and least polished of his travel books, full of totally unpronounceable place names - so it seemed almost appropriate. But it's hugely readable and always interesting. Paul's marriage has broken down, he doesn't seem to know quite where he is with his writing, so he spends 18 months visiting 51 Pacific islands, obsessively paddling his collapsible kayak, often over huge distances in frightening-sounding conditions. Most of the writing is simple and straightforward. Almost 'I did this, then I did this.' Very little of the erudite literary wordsmith is in evidence this time. But one feels closer to him as a result. He's generous and bluntly critical in turns, an eccentric guide to all these fascinating, remote places.
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on 16 January 2015
I really wanted to get through this book purely out of respect to the writer.. But i couldn't. He is so negative from the very first page that it just discourages you to go anywhere really. Terribly written book and i regret buying.
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on 29 August 2017
Great story but the book seems to be a flawed copy as the final few pages are misprinted and skewed making the final bit unreadable.
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on 3 June 2012
A fantastically sour and grumpy account of Theroux's canoe explorations of Polynesia. Often very funny, but dark, dark, dark. Felt perhaps a little under-researched, in terms of the history & culture, but he fills the gap with some brilliantly warped stories - loved the one about the old lady feeling up Gauguin
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on 3 February 2016
Read it when first published and read again now. Travel writing at its best about a little known area,at least to most europeans. It's just to far away,we traveled to the Cook Islands recently and they were everything this book made me expect,fantastic,probably why I re read it.
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on 2 September 2013
Read this book many years ago. Wonderful story. Recommend it to others who are frustrated explorers :-) hope you enjoy it
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on 31 August 2013
Paul Theroux does not pull his punches when describing personalities and places. French or Australian readers may not appreciate it as much as the English!
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on 31 May 2015
very good book
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on 10 June 2014
loads of interesting information classic paul theroux just reread great bazaar and kingdom by sea and its better than both of them
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