Fresh Air Fiend by Paul Theroux
Travel Writings

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Paul Theroux's first collection of essays and articles devoted entirely to travel writing, FRESH AIR FIEND touches down on five continents and floats through most seas in between to deliver a literary adventure of the first order, with the incomparable Paul Theroux as a guide. From the crisp quiet of a solitary week spent in the snowbound Maine woods to the expectant chaos of Hong Kong on the eve of the Hand-over, Theroux demonstrates how the traveling life and the writing life are intimately connected. His journeys in remote hinterlands and crowded foreign capitals provide the necessary perspective to "become a stranger" in order to discover the self. A companion volume to SUNRISE WITH SEAMONSTERS, FRESH AIR FIEND is the ultimate good read for anyone fascinated by travel in the wider world or curious about the life of one of our most passionate travelers.
 

About Paul Theroux

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PAUL THEROUX is the author of many highly acclaimed books. His novels include The Lower River and The Mosquito Coast, and his renowned travel books include Ghost Train to the Eastern Star and Dark Star Safari. He lives in Hawaii and on Cape Cod.
 
Published May 1, 2001 by Mariner Books. 492 pages
Genres: Education & Reference, Travel, Literature & Fiction. Non-fiction

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Theroux can assume all sorts of guises: reporter (sharp dissections of pre-Tiananmen Square China and pre-takeover Hong Kong), Boswell to other writers similarly compelled to write about the world (Bruce Chatwin, Graham Greene), critic (a review of William Least Heat-Moon’s PrairyErth), and lover...

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A solitary experience that requires self-imposed exile, optimism and a fair amount of ""self-delusion,"" travel is also, as Theroux notes, ""almost entirely an inner experience."" At its best, travel writing lends insight into the human experience;

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Book Reporter

The essays in Time Travel deal specifically with the various aspects of his creative process, the dubious reliability of memory as well as Theroux's personal opinions on the respect good travel writing should garner in the literary world.

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Divided into eight sections, with a special focus on his journeys in China and the Pacific, Fresh Air Fiend devotes a surprising amount of space to Theroux's thoughts on travel writing in general and where it stands in literature as a whole.

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Entertainment Weekly

The label ''travel writings'' on Paul Theroux's Fresh Air Fiend: Travel Writings 1985-2000 proves wide-ranging indeed: Beyond Theroux's more exotic journeys — like sailing down China's Yangtze River with a bunch of American millionaires or playing Robinson Crusoe on an island in Palau — these 50 ...

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Austin Chronicle

Keebwa tells Theroux, "I think, 'There must be many nice things there.'" Theroux's ability to provide insight into places like Christmas Island is unparalleled.

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