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This is several short pieces that loosely mirror Paul's life. He did live in Africa, Singapore and England and the characters all hail from these places. The hero is also a teacher and a writer. Paul intended this to make fun of travel writers who often fictionalize characters in their books to make them more interesting. Paul teaches us along the way how to be truly interesting. By pointing out the details and embellishing the mundane characters by casting them in situations that are compelling and gripping. I still feel like Paul's talent is for non fiction. His fictional pieces often broach uncomfortable subjects and aren't as believable as others who write fiction that seems much more plausible. Still a fun listen and I am biased, since I am also a teacher of English in China and an avid fan who has retraced some of his Asian journeys on trains, buses and boats.
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I'm a long time fan of Paul Theroux, and respect David Dukes as a fine actor. BUT, I was sorely disappointed with the narration of this book. I'll just have to read it myself. I will read anything written by Paul Theroux and will watch anything David Dukes acts in. Maybe I just don't get it, although I'm sure others might.