"The wish to travel seems to me characteristically human: the desire to move, to satisfy your curiosity or ease your fears, to change the circumstances of our life, to be a stranger, to make a friend, to experience an exotic landscape, to risk the unknown..."
- Paul Theroux, The Tao of Travel
ABOUT PAUL THEROUX
Paul Theroux is truly one of the world's prolific and renowned travel writers, and someone who deserves credit for shaping and defining the genre. He is best known for his sharp and satirical wit, his eye for cultural detail, and his ability to capture the spirit of a place by seeing it through the eyes the local people. His style can also be described as grumpy, opinionated and sarcastic. Known for his epic journeys across Africa and Asia, he has written numerous books, both collections of travel essays and works of fiction, several of which were turned into movies. Theroux grew up in Massachusetts, went to school in Maine, and grew to love Africa while in the Peace Corps in Malawi. He now lives in Cape Cod and Hawaii. Theroux describes himself as a novelist who travels, someone who uses travel as a background for his stories. Some of his best work revolves around long journeys, often on trains, and the self-discovery involved with traveling alone. The Great Railway Bazaar is probably his best known book and definitely one our top recommendations here at A5.
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GREAT QUOTES FROM PAUL THEROUX
"You go away for a long time and return a different person - you never come all the way back.”
- Paul Theroux, Dark Star Safari: Overland from Cairo to Cape Town
"Mark Twain was a great traveler and he wrote three or four great travel books. I wouldn't say that I'm a travel novelist but rather a novelist who travels - and who uses travel as a background for finding stories of places.
- Paul Theroux
“Reading alters the appearance of a book. Once it has been read, it never looks the same again, and people leave their individual imprint on a book they have read. Once of the pleasures of reading is seeing this alteration on the pages, and the way, by reading it, you have made the book yours.”
- Paul Theroux, The Old Patagonian Express: By Train Through the Americas