The Consul's File.

Theroux, Paul.

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Theroux recreates the crumpled linen-suit embassy atmosphere of Western expats as well as some locals living in a small town somewhere between KL and Johore during the 1970s. He reveals eternal truths about the characters and the conflicts of living abroad. Each chapter tells the tale of a different character

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Award-winning writer Paul Theroux takes us on a journey through small town Malaysia through the eyes of the exuberant Spencer Savage in his breathtaking novel The Consul's File. Spencer Savage, a young American consul, is posted to Ayer Hitam, a small Malaysian town, in the 1970s. Told to close down this remote outpost in the sweltering jungle, he instead finds himself drawn to the many characters he meets among the Malays, Indians, Japanese, Chinese and the clubbable expat Brits.Through his eyes we see the rich tapestry of multi-ethnic life in post-colonial Malaysia, from adultery to murder, from ghost stories to the murky waters of diplomatic politics. It is a brilliant portrait of a vanished time, a lost landscape and scattered peoples.'A cool and witty sequence. . . a polished and professional performance' Guardian'Theroux's writing is at its most adventurous in The Consul's File. There is no book I can compare this to: Mr Theroux's artistry is individual, serene, yet also grainy with fierce truths' The TimesAmerican travel writer Paul Theroux is known for the rich descriptions of people and places that is often streaked with his distinctive sense of irony; his novels and collected short stories, My Other Life, The Collected Stories, My Secret History, The Lower River, The Stranger at the Palazzo d'Oro, A Dead Hand, Millroy the Magician, The Elephanta Suite, Saint Jack, The Family Arsenal, The Mosquito Coast, and his works of non-fiction, including the iconic The Great Railway Bazaar are available from Penguin.

Book Details

Author Theroux, Paul.
Format PB
Publisher Penguin Books Ltd
Imprint Penguin Books Ltd
Number of Pages 192
Publish Date 4/08/2011
Catalogue ER018
Catalogue book number 923