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The Elephanta Suite by [Paul Theroux]

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Editorial Reviews

From Bookmarks Magazine

With The Elephanta Suite, prolific travel writer and novelist Paul Theroux wins favorable comparisons to Graham Greene and Somerset Maugham. This suite of three novellas explores the gritty reality of American tourism in India: the book is not for those readers who seek another sunny portrait of an exotic land. As The Washington Post noted, "Theroux isn’t likely to bring many new tourists to the subcontinent." As with much of Theroux’s fiction, sexual and economic exploitation is the dominant theme, and the dark center of the human soul is his subject. Even those reviewers who judged the stories’ endings unsatisfying praised The Elephanta Suiteâ€"a master travelogue told by a master storyteller.

Copyright © 2004 Phillips & Nelson Media, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

From Publishers Weekly

The dismayed, disoriented American travelers in this trio of stereotype-shattering novellas from Theroux (following Blinding Light) lament the missing solemn pieties and virtuous peasants of the India they read about in novels. In Monkey Hill, a wealthy ugly American–type husband and wife take pampered health spa treatment at the foot of the Himalayas to be their due. But when the couple presume that the sybaritic care they're paying for includes invitations for sex with masseurs and waiters, their idyllic holiday takes a tragic turn. In The Gateway of India, a fast-track Boston capitalist finds his loathing for the squalor of Mumbai's slums tempered by how easy it is to buy the affections of young women; meanwhile, his once obsequious Indian assistant is usurping his power. In The Elephant God, a college graduate on her own encounters a young man whose call-center mastery of American dialect somehow rewires him from overly friendly striver to malevolent stalker. These unsettling tales about American travelers at odds with India's complexities are linked through passing references, but what they share most is a transformative menace that takes the place of spiritual succor. (Sept.)
Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

Product details

  • ASIN : B003JTHWGY
  • Publisher : Mariner Books; Reprint edition (September 18, 2008)
  • Publication date : September 18, 2008
  • Language : English
  • File size : 906 KB
  • Text-to-Speech : Enabled
  • Screen Reader : Supported
  • Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
  • X-Ray : Not Enabled
  • Word Wise : Enabled
  • Print length : 286 pages
  • Page numbers source ISBN : 0547086024
  • Lending : Enabled
  • Customer Reviews:
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