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Book Title: The Family Arsenal|
The author of the book: Paul Theroux
ISBN 13: 9780140044652
Format files: PDF, Epub, DOCx, TXT
The size of the: 639 KB
Edition: Penguin Books
Date of issue: April 1st 1996
Reader ratings: 5.2
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The first thirty pages were a struggle to get through. The writing seemed clunky, the characters
were cliched, and my own unfamiliarity with the era Theroux describes made it worse. I found this at a book sale for $1.50 and I would not have felt bad about putting it down.
However, something kicked in when I was done with the first section, pulling me through the story as Theroux revealed new faces to these formerly dull characters before flipping them around and killing them outright and bringing them back to life. No one is flat and no one can be reduced to a stereotype here - not even Hood, who out of all others in this novel is the most upfront about himself, yet he leaves all those who come in contact with him mystified. Nothing is what it seems.
This is the kind of book where when you finish it, you wish there was a sequel, and then you realize that a sequel would utterly ruin every single idea presented here. It's not very gripping at first but if you choose to continue reading, you will be rewarded.
I forgot to mention, every single book I've read about London makes me want to visit it even more. There must be something about this place.
Read information about the authorPaul Edward Theroux is an American travel writer and novelist, whose best known work is The Great Railway Bazaar (1975), a travelogue about a trip he made by train from Great Britain through Western and Eastern Europe, the Middle East, through South Asia, then South-East Asia, up through East Asia, as far east as Japan, and then back across Russia to his point of origin. Although perhaps best known as a travel writer, Theroux has also published numerous works of fiction, some of which were made into feature films. He was awarded the 1981 James Tait Black Memorial Prize for his novel The Mosquito Coast.
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