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Figures in a Landscape: People and Places

About the Book

Figures in a Landscape: People and Places

Paul Theroux’s latest collection of essays leads the reader through a dazzling array of sights, characters and experiences, as Theroux applies his signature searching curiosity to a life lived as much in reading as on the road. Travel essays take us to Ecuador, Zimbabwe and Hawaii, to name a few. Gems of literary criticism reveal fascinating depth in the work of Henry David Thoreau, Graham Greene, Joseph Conrad and Hunter Thompson. And in a series of breathtakingly personal profiles, we take a helicopter ride with Elizabeth Taylor, go surfing with Oliver Sacks, eavesdrop on the day-to-day life of a Manhattan dominatrix, and explore New York with Robin Williams.

An extended meditation on the craft of writing binds together this wide-ranging collection, along with Theroux’s constant quest for the authentic in a person or in a place.

Figures in a Landscape: People and Places
by Paul Theroux

  • Publication Date: May 14, 2019
  • Genres: Essays, Nonfiction, Travel
  • Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Eamon Dolan/Mariner Books
  • ISBN-10: 1328592782
  • ISBN-13: 9781328592781