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The Mosquito Coast
Theroux, Paul.
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Publication Information:
London ; New York : Penguin Books, 1982.

Physical Description:
383 pages ; 20 cm
Reading Level:
720 Lexile.
Program Information:
Reading Counts RC High School 7.9 28 Quiz: 25956 Guided reading level: NR.
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Allie Fox was going to re-create the world. Abominating the cops, crooks, scavengers and funny-bunnies of the twentieth century, he abandons civilization and takes the family to live in the Honduran jungle. There his tortured, quixotic genius keeps them alive, his hoarse tirades harrying them through a diseased and dirty Eden towards unimaginable darkness and terror.'An epic of paranoid obsession that swirls the reader headlong to deposit him on a black mudbank of horror' - Guardian 'Paul Theroux is a major writer of his generation' - Washington Post 'As oppressive and powerful as its central character. It bursts with inventiveness' - The Times

Author Notes

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. Currently his 2015 book, Deep South , is a bestseller.

(Bowker Author Biography) Paul Theroux is the distinguished author of numerous award-winning books, including "The Mosquito Coast," "Kowloon Tong," & "Half Moon Street."

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In a gripping yarn that is also a provocative critique of society, 14-year-old Charlie records what happens when his father, a disgruntled Massachusetts farmer, takes the family to the jungles of Honduras to rediscover self-reliance and ingenuity.

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