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"Theroux’s practiced hand in the matter of dialogue and scene-making is strongly in evidence....It’s a particular kind of frightening fun to watch evil flexing and spreading its leathery wings, and really feel it. The Lower River gives the reader just that." -- The New York Review of Books "The Lower River is riveting in its storytelling and provocative in its depiction of this African backwater, infusing both with undertones of slavery and cannibalism, savagery and disease. Theroux exposes paternalism in Hock’s Peace Corps nostalgia, his ‘sense of responsibility, almost a conceit of ownership.’ That sense of responsibility, and Hock’s modest contribution to the welfare of a people he was once genuinely fond of, has been replaced by a harsher mode of operation, run by coldhearted contractors living apart in impregnable compounds. ‘I have to leave,’ Hock pleads. ‘I’m going home.’ To which the village headman replies, with chilling menace, ‘This is your home, father.’ " -- New York Times Book Review
PAUL THEROUX's highly acclaimed novels include Blinding Light, Hotel Honolulu, My Other Life, Kowloon Tong, and The Mosquito Coast. His travel books include Ghost Train to the Eastern Star, Dark Star Safari, Riding the Iron Rooster, The Great Railway Bazaar, The Old Patagonian Express, and The Happy Isles of Oceania. He lives in Hawaii and on Cape Cod.
The African characters are not fully developed and remain two dimensional.
We all see the commercials and say we want to help and imagine what it would be like however this book shows that dream in a different light.
Paul Theroux is an excellent writer, and this book is super-realistic, like most of his work.
Emma donohues "Room" for men ! When reading this book the all pervasive feeling is the same as when reading "Room " . Read morePublished 2 months ago by Orlagh Webb
A great read. After finishing the book ifelt a sense of relief. The book was well written in pauls travelogue stylePublished 3 months ago by Susannah Rawlins
I wanted to like this book when I read the reviews and the storyline. However, it was very self-absorbed and self-indulgent and the story was one that tries to relate and shock you... Read morePublished 4 months ago by amanda cole
but this one didn't do it for me. never got lost in the pages, but it does summarize a part of Africa which is difficult to explain to the western world without being called a... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Run With Them Or Fear Them
Wow! Upon finishing this novel I immediately felt that Theroux had taken a very cynical view of Africa...now I 'm wondering if perhaps I'm naive or ignorant. Read morePublished 5 months ago by S. Martin
A wonderfully exciting story about a man in his 60s who returns to Africa after 40 years. Things gradually start to go dreadfully wrong....(I won't spoil it for you! Read morePublished 5 months ago by Timothy J Hurst
It's pretty good, but not something I couldn't put down. The ending was a little bit of a let down to me.Published 6 months ago by Ben Crawford
This isn't my favorite book by Theroux but it's a good one. Paul used to teach in Africa and writes several books about his experience including his newest one (2012). Read morePublished 6 months ago by Howard E. Borck