Fresh Air Fiend Travel Writings

ISBN-10: 0618126937

ISBN-13: 9780618126934

Edition: 2001

Authors: Paul Theroux

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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.
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List price: $16.95
Copyright year: 2001
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company
Publication date: 5/1/2001
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 480
Size: 5.25" wide x 8.00" long x 1.20" tall
Weight: 0.990
Language: English

Paul Edward Theroux was born on April 10, 1941 in Medford, Massachusetts and is an acclaimed travel writer. After attending the University of Massachusetts Amherst he joined the Peace Corps and taught in Malawi from 1963 to 1965. He also taught in Uganda at Makerere University and in Singapore at the University of Singapore. Although Theroux has also written travel books in general and about various modes of transport, his name is synonymous with the literature of train travel. Theroux's 1975 best-seller, The Great Railway Bazaar, takes the reader through Asia, while his second book about train travel, The Old Patagonian Express (1979), describes his trip from Boston to the tip of South America. His third contribution to the railway travel genre, Riding the Iron Rooster: By Train Through China, won the Thomas Cook Prize for best literary travel book in 1989. His literary output also includes novels, books for children, short stories, articles, and poetry. His novels include Picture Palace (1978), which won the Whitbread Award and The Mosquito Coast (1981), which won the James Tait Black Memorial Prize. Theroux is a fellow of both the British Royal Society of Literature and the Royal Geographic Society. His title Lower River made The New York Times Best Seller List for 2012.

Introduction: Being a Stranger
Time Travel
Memory and Creation: The View from Fifty
The Object of Desire
At the Sharp End: Being in the Peace Corps
Five Travel Epiphanies
Travel Writing: The Point of It
Fresh Air Fiend
Fresh Air Fiend
The Awkward Question
The Moving Target
Dead Reckoning to Nantucket
Paddling to Plymouth
Fever Chart: Parasites I Have Known
A Sense of Place
Diaries of Two Cities: Amsterdam and London
Farewell to Britain: Look Thy Last on All Things Lovely
Gravy Train: A Private Railway Car
The Maine Woods: Camping in the Snow
Trespassing in Florida
Down the Zambezi
The True Size of Cape Cod
German Humor
Down the Yangtze
Chinese Miracles
Ghost Stories: A Letter from Hong Kong on the Eve of the Hand-over
The Pacific
The Other Oahu
On Molokai
Connected in Palau
Tasting the Pacific
Palawan: Up and Down the Creek
Christmas Island: Bombs and Birds
Books of Travel
My Own
The Edge of the Great Rift: Three African Novels
The Black House
The Great Railway Bazaar
The Old Patagonian Express
The Making of The Mosquito Coast
Kowloon Tong
Other People's
Robinson Crusoe
Thoreau's Cape Cod
The Secret Agent: A Dangerous Londoner
The Worst Journey in the World
Racers to the Pole
Looking for a Ship
Escapees and Exiles
Chatwin Revisited
V.S. Pritchett: The Foreigner as Traveler
William Simpson: Artist and Traveler
Rajat Neogy: An Indian in Uganda
The Exile Moritz Thomsen
Unspeakable Rituals and Outlandish Beliefs
Gilstrap, the Homesick Explorer
The Return of Bingo Humpage
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