Hotel Honolulu by Paul Theroux

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In this wickedly satiric romp, Paul Theroux captures the essence of Hawaii as it has never been depicted. The novel's narrator, a down-on-his-luck writer, escapes to Waikiki and soon finds himself the manager of the Hotel Honolulu, a low-rent establishment a few blocks off the beach. Honeymooners, vacationers, wanderers, mythomaniacs, soldiers, and families all check in to the hotel. Like the Canterbury pilgrims, every guest has come in search of something -- sun, love, happiness, objects of unnameable longing -- and everyone has a story. By turns hilarious, ribald, tender, and tragic, HOTEL HONOLULU offers a unique glimpse of the psychological landscape of an American paradise.
 

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 15, 2002 by Mariner Books. 432 pages
Genres: Humor & Entertainment, Literature & Fiction, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense. Fiction

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(Condoms seem unknown in fecund Hawaii, where couples routinely engage in unprotected sex until they produce exactly one child.) Leaving the management of the hotel to his capable staff, he then settles down contentedly with his pretty, semiliterate wife and his precocious daughter Rose to watch ...

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Hotel Honolulu Paul Theroux 441pp, Hamish Hamilton £16.99 Buy it at a discount at BOL Hotel World Ali Smith 238pp, Hamish Hamilton £10.99 Buy it at a discount at BOL Culture "no longer can be conceived as a Grand Hotel, as a totalisable system that somehow orchestrates al...

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The Guardian

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Hotel Honolulu Paul Theroux Hamish Hamilton £16.99, pp441 Buy it at a discount at BOL Hotel Honolulu is a book built on a pun.

Apr 29 2001 | Read Full Review of Hotel Honolulu

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The episodic narrative is presided over by two protagonists: the unnamed narrator, a has-been writer who leaves the mainland to manage the seedy Hotel Honolulu, and raucous millionaire Buddy Hamstra, the hotel's owner and former manager, who fired himself to give the narrator his job.

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Despite himself, our burned out author finds himself concocting an outline for a book and pulling his own loose threads of life together.

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