Los parroquianos de esta Atalaya sabrán de mi debilidad por este autor, y los libros de viajes en general: comencé con el Gran Bazar del Tren
, seguí con más historias ferroviarias
. I have just finished reading this book
, and reviewed it in Amazon (my review should be on top)
. The best review I've read is this one in the New York Times
, as maybe should be expected. In fact, in this interview in 1999
, he mentions he is going to Africa in the near future.
Unluckily, the books quoted in this book
feature in Amazon is not enabled for this one; so here are a few that are mentioned, with some other links thrown in for good measure:
- Heart of Darkness is the main one. Theroux quotes it extensively, and reads it 13 times through the trip (it's a long trip, and a short book). It's an excellent book, anyways, and one that still reflects the attitude of us towards Africa.
- Rimbaud (voilà his complete works is mainly present during Ethiopia, and is the main reason for his trip to the holy city of Harar, the city of hyaenas.
- Throughout all the book, Theroux mentions an erotic short story that develops into a full-blown novella: The Stranger at the Palazzo d'Oro, which was published shortly afterwards.
- Paul Theroux's visit to Africa happens, for the first time, in the time of the Internet. his dinner party with Gordimer gets noticed by the Independent, July's people, a Nadine Gordimer book is considered racist, but I couldn't find the review Paul Theroux did for the Sunday Independent after that fact.
- A railway link: The Blue Train, and the Trans-Karoo.