"In this collection of essays and articles written over the last fifteen years, Paul Theroux demonstrates how the traveling life and the writing life are intimately connected. Not simply an escape from the mundane, travel has always been a creative act for Theroux. His journeys in remote hinterlands and crowded foreign capitals provide the necessary perspective to "become a stranger" in order to discover the self." "From the crisp quiet of a solitary week spent in the snowbound Maine woods, to the expectant chaos of Hong Kong on the eve of the Hand-over, to a small Pacific island where atomic bombs were detonated, Theroux is the perfect guide - casually informative, keenly observant, wry, and entertaining."--BOOK JACKET.
Includes bibliographical references (p. -466).
Introduction: Being a Stranger
1. Time Travel
Memory and Creation: The View from Fifty
The Object of Desire
At the Sharp End: Being in the Peace Corps
Five Travel Epiphanies
Travel Writing: The Point of It
2. Fresh Air Fiend
Fresh Air Fiend
The Awkward Question
The Moving Target
Dead Reckoning to Nantucket
Paddling to Plymouth
Fever Chart: Parasites I Have Known
3. A Sense of Place
Diaries of Two Cities: Amsterdam and London
Farewell to Britain: Look Thy Last on All Things Lovely
Gravy Train: A Private Railway Car
The Maine Woods: Camping in the Snow
Trespassing in Florida
Down the Zambezi
The True Size of Cape Cod
Down the Yangtze
Ghost Stories: A Letter from Hong Kong on the Eve of the Hand-over
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