The Mosquito Coast

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Winner of the Stanford Dolman Lifetime Contribution to Travel Writing Award 2020

The Mosquito Coast - winner of the James Tait Black Memorial Prize - is a breathtaking novel about fanaticism and a futile search for utopia from bestseller Paul Theroux.

Allie Fox is going to re-create the world. Abominating the cops, crooks, junkies and scavengers of modern America, he abandons civilisation and takes the family to live in the Honduran jungle. There his tortured, messianic genius keeps them alive, his hoarse tirades harrying them through a diseased and dirty Eden towards unimaginable darkness.

'Stunning. . . exciting, intelligent, meticulously realised, artful' Victoria Glendinning, 
Sunday Times

'An epic of paranoid obsession that swirls the reader headlong to deposit him on a black mudbank of horror' Christopher Wordsworth, 

'Magnificently stimulating and exciting' Anthony Burgess

American travel writer Paul Theroux is known for the rich descriptions of people and places that is often streaked with his distinctive sense of irony; his novels and collected short stories, 
My Other LifeThe Collected Stories, My Secret HistoryThe Lower RiverThe Stranger at the Palazzo d'OroA Dead HandMillroy the MagicianThe Elephanta SuiteSaint JackThe Consul's FileThe Family Arsenal, and his works of non-fiction, including the iconic The Great Railway Bazaar are available from Penguin.

  • Paperback ‏ : ‎ 384 pages
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 11.1 x 2.3 x 18.1 cm