The Stranger at the Palazzo d'Oro and Other Stories by Paul Theroux

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"This is my only story. Now that I am sixty I can tell it." He, the narrator, was a twenty-one-year-old art student traveling the world. She was a countess -- apparently cold, haughty, and inaccessible -- traveling with Haroun, her ambiguous companion. When the young man makes their acquaintance at a hotel in Sicily, he finds himself filled with unexpected lust and playing a part in something he doesn't quite understand. Filled with Theroux's typically effortless but devastating descriptions of people and places, The Stranger at the Palazzo d'Oro is a brilliant portrayal of aging and decay, a shocking tale of sensuality in a golden age.
The thrill and risk of pursuit and desire mark the accompanying stories of the sexual awakening and rites of passage of a Boston boyhood, the ruin of a writer in Africa, and the bewitchment of a retiree in Hawaii. This is Paul Theroux at his most allusive and wise, writing with a deep understanding of the frailties of men and boys.
 

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 June 22, 2012 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. 304 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Erotica. Fiction

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Material that still leaves you wishing Theroux would chuck the imagineering and get his cantankerous self back on the road.

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Meanwhile, Theroux can’t stay away from travel or sex for long, and in “An African Story,” an older, white South African farmer gets involved with a black woman and, sure enough, discovers her to need punishment: “sex is about power.” Material that still leaves you wishing Theroux would chuck the...

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The Stranger at the Palazzo d'Oro by Paul Theroux 247pp, Hamish Hamilton, £14.99 The title story of Paul Theroux's new book reads like a cross between a Perrault fairytale and Penthouse fantasy.

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Publishers Weekly

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Theroux's characteristic haze of exoticism hangs over this uneven collection of two novellas and two stories, ushered in by the gothic title novella, which tells a tale of sexual perversity in Taormina, Sicily, in 1962.

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Bookmarks Magazine

In this collection of one novella and six stories, travel writer Theroux maps out the human heart in the 1950s and '60s.

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