Fresh Air Fiend: Travel Writings, 1985 2000 (2020)

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  • Title: Fresh Air Fiend: Travel Writings, 1985 2000
  • Author: Paul Theroux
  • ISBN: 9780140281095
  • Page: 173
  • Format: Paperback
Fresh Air Fiend: Travel Writings, 1985 2000 Paul Theroux Fresh Air Fiend Whether it is trekking through the icy Maine woods, or journeying to a remote island in the South Pacific where the first atomic bombs were detonated, Theroux serves as both camera and the eye This collection of essays and articles is the ultimate good read for anyone fascinated by travel Full description
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  1. Jessica

    From this book and Sir Vidia s Shadow, which I also recently finished, I can say that I very much trust Theroux as a reliable guide and observer, an insightful writer about people and place I ve read little of his fiction so far only a few stories here and there, never a novel but I liked this collection of travel writings a good deal The book is divided into thematic sections, which really helps as there are numerous essays here, all written between 1985 and 2000 Early on Theroux makes a case f [...]

  2. Jo Deurbrouck

    Sigh Halfway through, I may need a Theroux break Vinegar is not the only seasoning that makes food taste good The man is an exquisite wordsmith and a sharp eyed observer, but one of the things that means is that his lack of compassion, lack of empathy and big doses of judgmental superiority sparkle like diamonds throughout the essays I want to yell every so often, YES We are not as cool as you If we concede that point, apparently so important to you, can you mellow out and tell us a good story I [...]

  3. Matt

    Few books oscillate this wildly from the profound to the profoundly boring Paul Theroux, I don t care about each and every one of your kayaking misadventures or the toast you made off Nantucket over a camp fire I do like some of your other essays though.

  4. Nick

    This is a collection of Theroux s shorter travel pieces Most have something interesting to offer cruising down the Yangtze in 1980 when the Cultural Revolution was fresh in people s minds visiting Christmas Island in Micronesia, once the site for nuclear testing comments on travel writing and travelling I would give it 3.5 stars, maybe not quite up there with his fuller travel books, but readable nevertheless.

  5. Miguel

    Uma ntologia de texto previamente publicados, na sua maioria em revistas de viagens A organiza o faz se por temas por exemplo, China, Havai ou textos sobre livros de viagens A escrita , como sempre, entusiasmante, e Theroux sempre igual a si pr prio.

  6. Judy

    This was a strange mixture of Paul Theroux s non fiction writing There was less of his usual travel writing, which I enjoy so much Near the beginning was an large, difficult to digest chunk on modern China reminiscent of the least enjoyable swathes of a school history syllabus I willed myself through it and ended up feeling I knew a bit about the country, if not attracted to it However, it is surely a worthy report and analysis Theroux really does get right into the thick of places and his anec [...]

  7. Will

    This is a book I wish I had read earlier because it may be as close as we get to an autobiography, and I have always wanted to understand what drives his writing.I love Paul Theroux s travel writing, and I ve never understood why people consider him such a cranky grump rather there s an abundance of affection for people he meets In this collection of travels, essays, personal history and much else, what is remarkable is his forbearance under duress even if it s all self imposed It is such a plea [...]

  8. Sarah

    I m a fan of Paul Theroux in the New Yorker I ve never picked up a collection of his essays and decided to try this one This man is adventurer extraordinaire, but his pretension is a little overpowering Also, he might be the one adventure writer who hates China besides Grace Paley back when she was a pro Communist student.

  9. Alexis

    Found this collection to be a bit uneven Admittedly, I did skim some of the essays and entries Sometimes Theroux can be a wonderfully funny and irreverent travel writer Other times, he comes off as whiny and crabby There were some pieces that I absolutely loved, and a few that I skipped Good if you want to dip in and out, I guess.

  10. Diane Reynolds

    I was once quite an enthusiastic reader of Theroux, and had read all of his books up until about ten years ago, when I began to sense a kind of crabbiness in his commentaries Each time this vague awareness sneaks up on me, I go back and retrace my reading, trying to find some evidence of my vague unease, something at least concrete that an unsupported sense of something chafing, but each time, so far, I ve failed So I conclude that I must be the one bringing the crabbiness to bear, and keep on [...]

  11. Mike Wood

    Lots of essays, with about as many Hits as Misses Paul Theroux has always been a bit of an enigma to me For a guy who doesn t seem to like people, he spends a lot of time traveling among them For years, I just thought he just didn t like society, but the older he gets, to he seems to have a problem with humanity Not that he s inhumane, that he regards us as some sort of parasite on the planet And, frankly, he may be right

  12. Alayne

    I usually really enjoy Paul Theroux s books, but this one was a collection of essays and they were a mixed bag of stories The essays just seemed to have been collected and published, without editing, and so they could be quite repetitive Not to say I didn t enjoy them at all, but just not as much as others of his that I have read.

  13. Raghu

    This book is one of the best I have read from Paul Theroux It is a great collection of essays on travel, adventure, his writer friends and his vision of what travel is all about and why he travels and what travel has taught him and how travel has made him Every time I read him and see the way he writes, I get discouraged about my own attempts at writing because I feel that one should write only if one can write like him otherwise it is not worth writing.This book has two lovely essays on Cherri [...]

  14. Jessica

    the widely used Inuit word for white person is kabloona derived from qallunaat , which means something like eyebrow stomachs, probably a reaction to whites hairy bodies by the almost hairless Inuit p 11 the lisping silk of women s dresses p 262 dishes piled high with chicken feet, or phoenix feet Hong Kong prostitutes enjoy the same lexical ambiguity, sometimes called chickens and sometimes phoenixes p 263 Friendly is just a tourist industry sobriquet In my experience, the friendliest people on [...]

  15. Robert Isenberg

    Theroux is smart Theroux is voracious Theroux is downright fearless he travels to obscure places and interviews everybody, and he doesn t mind getting stuck in hairy situations His profiles on exotic locales and his literary reviews are wonderful to read People like me often aspire to be a writer like him.And yet.Where some people find him egotistical or glum, I think Theroux s biggest weakness is his self satisfaction There are many pieces in Fresh Air Fiend that flirt with arrogance Theroux no [...]

  16. Melanie

    You d really be better off reading something else by Theroux that has a somewhat coherent narrative, like Dark Star Safari Overland from Cairo to Capetown or Riding the Iron Rooster Unless you ve read several other books by Theroux see linked books as well as a few of his novels , you d best skip this one I kept trying to pick it back up again over a couple of years, and I finally put it down in the middle of his extended essay on Robinson Crusoe after reaching my breaking point with this collec [...]

  17. Linda

    Paul Theroux says normal people don t become writers It is just not healthy to sit in a room for hours staring intently into your own mind He counter balances this basically inward condition by paddling thousand of miles in a kayak In Fresh Air Fiend he explains why and how this type of therapy has become an intrinsic part of his life This pot pourri of his experiences and reflections, is about Paul the human being rather than Paul the observer, than any his other books He explains why he wrote [...]

  18. Michael

    A quote from the essay Nantucket I found interesting I was salt crusted and sunburned No one noticed me beach my boat I walked urgently, because I had hardly used my legs in two days I bout an ice cream and a souvenir T shirt and became part of the crowd But I had the sense of having discovered Nantucket in my own way and, through dead reckoning, had discovered something in myself That to me is the essence of the travel experience Is there any point in going across the world to eat something or [...]

  19. Manish

    Having read Theroux The happy isles of Oceania , I was aware of his penchant for kayaking and paddling in unknown territories In this collection, except for the essays dealing with his over the board enthusiasm in paddling, the others were quite engaging and lively It covers vignettes from his travels across China, Europe, New England, Hawaii etc and also has a section dedicated to the greatest travel writers of all time Graham Greene, Pritchett, Naipaul, Bruce Chatwin etc His explanation of the [...]

  20. Steffan Meyric

    If you re a travel lit lover but have so far found Theroux difficult some people find his work a bit of a step up from the brilliantly readable Bill Bryson for instance , this is a great starting point This volume of short autobiographical stories revolves around Theroux s love of small boats and hiking in the wilds of America I think it was probably after reading this that I first realised how far travel writing can go in terms of equalling any other literary genre How many travel books have yo [...]

  21. Steve Hayden

    First of all I am not a fan of short story books This book is a compilation of papers and short thoughts by Paul Theroux I am a fan of the way Theroux writes so I was hoping for the best I did indeed enjoy reading Theroux s thoughts on travel I am a Fresh Air Fiend myself so it was a good match After reading a few reviews of this book I learned that there were a few sections near the end that might be not so good I expected this and adapted to the situaton by developing my skimming skills I am u [...]

  22. Linda Olson

    This is the first Theroux book I have ever read I think I prefer him in travel mode, as his snippets about other writers and other book detracted from my enjoyment of this piece I felt like he was namedropping in the last hundred or so pages of this book.A collection of essays gathered from his travels and adventures, I savoured this book over a two week period a long time in my book world I feel a kinship to his solitary travel character and I envy the ease with which he seems to move through t [...]

  23. Vineet

    On the whole I found it quite enjoyable, though I must say it was fairly erratic as the pieces are not really connected together in a smooth flowing timeline.The perspectives, analogies and explanations for the travel experiences in each country were unrepentantly incisive, and that made this a rewarding read Strange how even the earliest travel writings here are still very topical and relevant.The style of writing took some time getting used to though The detailed out event descriptions someti [...]

  24. Jrobertus

    This book is like a collection of essays about travel, travel writing, and travel writers He reminds us of places he has written about, as well as his novels and how it all came about A common theme is the isolation of the writer and his quest for who he is This also comes through in his analysis of other writers I have read a lot of his books, and generally enjoyed them although I bet he is a king sized jerk in person Even when writing about his self described frineds, he is always snarky and p [...]

  25. kenneth

    Not really a story at all, of a collection of reflections, both Theroux and others , and wandering general thoughts on places he has visited There is nothing that connects the chapters together, or anything resembling a plot I made it most of the way through, but the last section is Theroux s opinions on other American stories by other authors and I can t really give a crap.I should have known what how this book was framed before I committed, but the tittle really grabbed me, Fresh Air Fiend is [...]

  26. Michael Savage

    This travel book was a bit of a mixed bag The first 3 4 of the book was really good Theroux has a real knack for writing short essays about many of his journeys I appreciated the variety of different topics and locations in the book as well And now for the not so great aspect of this book the last part was several essays of Theroux waxing on about other travel books and other travel authors While some of these were mildly interesting at best it definitely made the last part of the book difficult [...]

  27. Galicius

    Theroux as my most read travel writer is least interesting in Fresh Air Fiend 2000 when he writes about the difficulties of the writing profession Why not change it His description of difficult sea kayak voyages may have a greater meaning to boating enthusiasts It was otherwise with his South Pacific travel book Happy Isles of Oceania 1993 where the objective was the people on the fifty some islands he visited but not the sea challenge That s the strength of his writing the people not the scenic [...]

  28. James

    This is a collection of some of Paul Theroux s shorter pieces that were written between 1985 and 2000 The short pieces are interesting because they provide a glimpse into some of his shorter trips that he s mentioned in passing elsewhere, or even trips that were cut out of some of his longer books I particularly liked the second to last section, which contained pieces that he wrote as introductions for other people s books They were a good introduction to other travel writers that Theroux himsel [...]

  29. Nikki

    This book took me a long time to get through I found that as the book is divided into eight sections, some grabbed my attention and kept it while others were a chore to labor through Theroux has a unique insight into traveling and seeks much out of it than an average tourist He seeks to understand as much as see Personally, I found him to be somewhat arrogant at times, but I learned a lot in other parts The variety of writings in the book can serve to appeal to a variety of people, but at the s [...]

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