The Pillars of Hercules: A Grand Tour of the Mediterranean

Author: Paul Theroux


SKU: 9780449910856 Category: Tag:
Publisher: Ballantine Books
Product ID: 585304


” THEROUX’S] WORK IS DISTINGUISHED BY A SPLENDID EYE FOR DETAIL AND THE TELLING GESTURE; a storyteller’s sense of pacing and gift for granting closure to the most subtle progression of events; and the graceful use of language. . . . We are delighted, along with Theroux, by the politeness of the Turks, amazed by the mountainous highlands in Syria, touched by the gesture of an Albanian waitress who will not let him pay for his modest meal. . . . The Pillars of Hercules is] engrossing and enlightening from start (a damning account of tourists annoying the apes of Gibraltar) to finish (an utterly captivating visit with Paul Bowles in Tangier, worth the price of the book all by itself).”
–Chicago Tribune
–The Boston Sunday Globe
“HIS PICARESQUE NARRATIVE IS STUDDED WITH SCENES THAT STICK IN THE MIND. He looks at strangers with a novelist’s eye, and his portraits are pleasantly tinged with malice.”
–The Washington Post Book World
“THEROUX AT HIS BEST . . . An armchair trip with Theroux is sometimes dark, but always a delight.”
“AS SATISFYING AS A GLASS OF COOL WINE ON A DUSTY CALABRIAN AFTERNOON . . . With his effortless writing style, observant eye, and take-no-prisoners approach, Theroux is in top form chronicling this 18-month circuit of the Mediterranean.”
–Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

ISBN: 9780449910856
Publisher: Ballantine Books
Pub Date: 10/1996
Format: Paperback
Weight: 1.35lbs
Size: 8.00h x 5.40w x 1.10d

Additional information

Weight 1.35 lbs
Dimensions 8.00 × 5.40 × 1.10 in