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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sense of responsibility, and Hock’s modest contribution to the welfare of a people he was once genuinely fond of, has been replaced by a harsher mode of operation, run by coldhearted contractors living apart in impregnable compounds.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
Wow. This was one of the most interesting, unnerving books. First time that I can not explain my thoughts and feelings whilst reading. Just an absolute bucket list book.Published 21 days ago by Estelle Davies
Major fan of Paul's writing and travels. However, this book was dark and depressing - like a rehash of his Peace Corps days - giving credence to the old saying that you can't go... Read morePublished 24 days ago by Joseph H. Race
As previous US Ambassador to Malawi I found the book interesting and relevant. A most exciting read!Published 1 month ago by George A. Trail III
Theroux is always good, and often rather dark. This one is dark, dark, dark--in fact, a traveler's nightmare if ever there was one. Read morePublished 1 month ago by John Emm
A great story that seems to contain a touch of the authors past life experiences, as well as some of his typical cynicism. Very entertainingPublished 1 month ago by kenney b.
Excellent book! Very interesting, engaging and haunting. Highly recommended.Published 3 months ago by Judith vK
So good! I could not stop reading this well written book.Published 3 months ago by Antonette Trimble
Excellent story, and very well-written. I would recommend this book!Published 3 months ago by Susan Walberg