One of the most acclaimed travel writers of our time turns his unflinching eye on an American South too often overlooked.
Paul Theroux has spent 50 years crossing the globe, adventuring in the exotic, seeking the rich history and folklore of the far away. Now, for the first time, in his 10th travel book, Theroux explores a piece of America - the Deep South. He finds there a paradoxical place, full of incomparable music, unparalleled cuisine, and yet also some of the nation's worst schools, housing, and unemployment rates. It's these parts of the South, so often ignored, that have caught Theroux's keen traveler's eye.
On road trips spanning four seasons, wending along rural highways, Theroux visits gun shows and small-town churches, laborers in Arkansas, and parts of Mississippi where they still call the farm up the road "the plantation". He talks to mayors and social workers, writers and reverends, the working poor and farming families - the unsung heroes of the South, the people who, despite it all, never left, and those who returned home to rebuild a place they could never live without. From the writer whose "great mission has always been to transport us beyond that reading chair, to challenge himself - and thus, to challenge us" (Boston Globe), Deep South is an ode to a region, vivid and haunting, full of life and loss alike.
©2015 Paul Theroux (P)2015 Recorded Books
I could not finish listening to this book, although I love Theroux. The narrator was horrible. Painful to listen too.
"First chapter could have been it all"
Loved the first chapter. Then came the looong referances to other books. Gave up 2hours in.
"Interesting perspective, informative"
Never, he was the worst. Why would you have a narrator with a pronounced lisp?
We listened to this book while driving through many of the places he also visited which made it more interesting. But seemed like he got stuck in a rut and only presented the african american point of view. While we appreciated their stories, we know from experience that there are plenty of white southerners who are not red neck racists.
"Decent story, Obnoxious Narrator"
Had they used a different narrator, this may have been a decent listen. I couldn't finish listening.
No. This was a very disappointing audiobook.
His dry mouthed delivery, spittle inflected enunciation, unnecessary pauses and overall performance were so annoying that I had to stop listening. The single worst narration I've ever heard.
"Needs new narrator - maybe.. PAUL THEROUX?? :/"
Paul Theroux actually narrating his own books
not right for this author
paul..narrate your own books please, would be great to have first voice of author
"I MISS THE OLD THEROUX"
I always have, I always will.
Not really. The Old Theroux would have been snippy and persnickety. His non-travel writer persona was a pleasure. The New Theroux is affable and cheery -- and kind of tedious. Also, the book is shockingly repetitive, as if he was being paid by the word. Does the New Theroux have an editor?
Yes and no. I liked the many Patels, but the gun shows were all the same gun show. And the generalizations (cliches?) were endless. The Old Theroux would have tossed the book aside for something more colorful.
"Interesting and depressing in equal measure "
I loved the story telling in this book. The narration is to notch and a makes you think you are Paul himself listening to the people he met. I loved the way the stories weaved into each other and the description make you think you know the place and people. It's a pity a section of the community is still stuck with the past. The poverty and deprivation narratives were hard to listen through. I am recommending this book to all. Lovely listen!
There are many great scenes in this book and some diverse and interesting characters. But, I could have done without the author's disdain for Bill Clinton. And, it was a mistake to have this book narrated with such s thick southern accent as the author's point is visiting the South from the North.
I would not focus so exclusively on poverty in the South. It finally wore me out and I am interested in the South and have travelled there myself. I also got tired of hearing about gun shows. Frankly, I think I just got tired because the audiobook was so long. I did like the last 2 chapters, though, and will read more of his books.
Most - the description of the land. Least - the failure to really describe any of the southern celebrations .
No. I think I will read any more of his books. I thought the accent was overbearing and the southern dialect overdone, but that just may be me, because I have heard it firsthand all my life.
I loved Zona Verda, which was the first of his books I have read. I have not enjoyed any of them as much since.
"What the modern "old" South is really like"
Theroux tours the "Old South" as only he can, meeting a whole slew of very interesting people as he tries to get a handle on the place. Very interesting, very sad.
All of the the times he meets various people and discusses how they and their neighbors live.
This is the first one.
Noooo. It's way too long.
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