The Mosquito Coast

The Mosquito Coast In a breathtaking adventure story the paranoid and brilliant inventor Allie Fox takes his family to live in the Honduran jungle determined to build a civilization better than the one they ve left Fl

In a breathtaking adventure story, the paranoid and brilliant inventor Allie Fox takes his family to live in the Honduran jungle, determined to build a civilization better than the one they ve left Fleeing from an America he sees as mired in materialism and conformity, he hopes to rediscover a purer life But his utopian experiment takes a dark turn when his obsessions leIn a breathtaking adventure story, the paranoid and brilliant inventor Allie Fox takes his family to live in the Honduran jungle, determined to build a civilization better than the one they ve left Fleeing from an America he sees as mired in materialism and conformity, he hopes to rediscover a purer life But his utopian experiment takes a dark turn when his obsessions lead the family toward unimaginable danger.

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  1. Paul Edward Theroux is an American travel writer and novelist, whose best known work is The Great Railway Bazaar 1975 , a travelogue about a trip he made by train from Great Britain through Western and Eastern Europe, the Middle East, through South Asia, then South East Asia, up through East Asia, as far east as Japan, and then back across Russia to his point of origin Although perhaps best known as a travel writer, Theroux has also published numerous works of fiction, some of which were made into feature films He was awarded the 1981 James Tait Black Memorial Prize for his novel The Mosquito Coast.

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  1. An overzealous father uproots his family in the middle of the night to leave America, with only their clothes on their back, to journey to the deep jungles of Honduras Here he has grandiose hopes to build a radical new civilization in which he is the leader of Although a brilliant inventor, he is both paranoid and manic and the journey that transpires is both disastrous and dangerous, putting his family at risk The story is taken from the perspective of his eldest son, Charlie, who throughout at [...]

  2. It s a hard book to categorise, this one coming of age yarn, adventure story, literary fiction Well, in truth, all of the above I d read one of the author s renowned travel books which I thoroughly enjoyed but this was my first experience of his fiction And a pretty good experience it turned out to be.Allie Fox is an engineer, an inventor and a bombastic know it all Fed up with America it s fast food, television, religion and pretty much everything else he surprises his family one day by packing [...]

  3. Sometimes you just have to say, this is not the book for me I could plow through it for the sake of my book club, but why put myself through 3 or 4 hours of angst and misery, reading about a wildly dysfunctional family trying to create their own utopia in the jungles of the Honduras In an intellectual way I appreciate that the father, Allie Fox, is an amazing character, but he s just painful for me to read about It was like fingernails on a chalkboard He pursues one scheme after another, with hi [...]

  4. I do research in spoken language technology, building software that people can talk to Right now, our main project is an app that lets beginning language students practice their speaking skills if you re interested, you can find out here We have been working on it for about three and half years, and so far we don t really know if it s a good idea or not We get mixed messages from the people who have tried it out Some of them are enthusiastic and say it s really improved their French or Japanese [...]

  5. Paul Theroux understands fathers and sons like few authors I have read, but I still struggle with Allie Fox s descent into madness Part of me feels that we are supposed to struggle with his descent, to feel pity and empathy for him, but part of me feels that I am expected to feel anger and hate towards him things I do not and can not Whether this is the failure of the author or the reader is beyond me, but it is enough to drop this book out of my true favorites and it was one of my favourites be [...]

  6. Hell is the other people.But really When everything s going wrong one may like Zorba tell that s nothing to worry about or like Scarlett I ll think of it tomorrowor jack everything in and set off to look for promise land And so Allie does.Allie Fox, handyman and gifted inventor, disappointed with America, disgusted with consumer, corporate or whatsoever lifestyle, out of the blue packs his family and set off to Honduran jungle.But let s not be mislead by this idyllic picture Neither America is s [...]

  7. It s not the craziness and hypocrisy of American evangelical Christians and other nuts building utopias, or realizing their personal dreams among the ignorant and poor peoples of the under developed world, but writing descriptions of rare sights It sank an outboard engine into the weeds and began bleeding rainbows of nature The howler monkeys were drumming in the thunder rumble across the black lagoon, and the rains boom and crackle made a deep cave of the earth and filled the sky with dangerous [...]

  8. THE MOSQUITO COAST is a marvelous novel by Paul Theroux Brilliant writing and great characters Highly recommended.

  9. Setting off on a big international trip, I asked an eighty year old man with the reputation of being a wise counselor for his input on my destination options I was obsessing over this decision He responded, The place doesn t matter, because wherever you go, there you ll be He was hinting at the annoying truth that my character, not places or circumstances, was hindering my spiritual journey He was absolutely right.Paul Theroux wrote a classic book on heading for parts remote with spiritual as we [...]

  10. This is a popular book from the early 1980 s that I never got around to reading until now It s the first book by Paul Theroux that I ve read It s my understanding that he first became famous for his travelogue The Great Railway Bazaar 1975 He s written a number of novels since and most maybe all are fictionalized travelogues by having their characters end up in some exotic and isolated corner of the world That s certainly the case with this book This story evolves around a man who is so fed up w [...]

  11. Allie Fox is a genius, a fool, a loving father, a madman, a dreamer, and a selfish SOB He is sort of Don Quixote s evil twin Both Don Quixote and Allie Fox pursued noble dreams but Quizote didn t imperil his entire family in doing so But it isn t just the character of Allie Fox that makes The Mosquito Coast such a riveting and brilliant novel It is the interaction with his his family as they struggle to understand this brilliant but insane man The book reads like an adventure an adventure that y [...]

  12. I have to say that I didn t find anything at all funny about the book It was a bleak, bleak tale, a heart of darkness, a descent into madness, a story of horrific hypocrisy and abuse It features an amazingly weak female character, a man who abuses his own children to the point where his two sons openly fantasize about killing him and for good reason even as they are overwhelmed by his personal charisma and energy.Truthfully, I didn t like the book I ll never read it again I do, however, think it [...]

  13. Part adventure story, part comedy, part travelogue, part horror story This is a gritty YA novel written for adults Google Maps just won t help you finding your way here in this jungle world of divine retribution against the man who dares to change nature and ultimately pays for his blasphemy It s a three part chronicle of the gradual descent into murder and madness by a man of great intelligence, individuality, photographic memory and deeply analytical genius That descent would be even rapid we [...]

  14. Although I agree with some of the views of the protagonist s father, I find the character so obnoxious that I don t even know if I can read any .

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  16. Re reading how do I love thee Let me count the ways I love the guaranteed happiness how often does one get that I love meeting old friends and familiar enemies and oh, how I love the anticipation of coloring in the faintly remembered Truly addicted readers have books to which they repeatedly return we become so entranced by an author s words we even hope in bouts of the truest example of suspension of disbelief that perhaps this time, if we read very slowly, or very carefully, or with one eye s [...]

  17. Funny, funny book.Well, that was my review the first time I read it Now, after a reread some 20 years later, I wonder why I didn t pick up on what was really going on with the father This time it was clear to me, and gave the book, despite its comedic moments, a sense of ever increasing dread.

  18. I didn t enjoy this as much as I was hoping to But the central father character was captivating and the descriptions of the landscape the jungle, creatures, and the weather were wonderful I enjoyed being carried along on this crazy journey But what frustrated me was the lack of depth when it came to nearly all the other characters The narrator and his brother were okay, but I just couldn t believe that Mother would go along with it so easily The twin sisters were shadows, and most of the natives [...]

  19. I always have the same reaction to Paul Theroux I m impressed with his artistry, but the world view he presents at least in his fiction I haven t read any of his travel writing is so bleak that I m left feeling fairly depressed The Mosquito Coast was no different in this regard Allie Fox is best described as a cult leader, but his followers are merely his wife and his four children The story is narrated by Charlie, who at 14 is his oldest child, and begins with the family living on an asparagus [...]

  20. Okay, I m quitting So keep that in mind with regard to my 1 star rating I got half way through and this was the last section I read Then the darkness, which was like fathoms of ink, softened, became finely gray, and, without revealing anything of the sea, turned to powder All around us the powdery dawn thickened, until, growing coarser and ashy, in a sunrise without sun, it threw us glimpses of the soapy sea and the shoreline and the jungle heaped like black rags of kelp OMG I can t take it any [...]

  21. What a rollercoaster ride this one turned out to be I had no idea except that it had been made into a movie in the past The writing was lovely and descriptive and the plot was a careening train wreck from the start, that you knew would end poorly, but you couldn t turn away I was pleasantly surprised with how I felt towards the end of the story as my personal beliefs Once an asshole, always an asshole, you may quote me and you re welcome, were put to the test.

  22. The Mosquito Coast is a fictional story of an American father Allie Fox, who is an inventor and completely disillusioned with the American lifestyle of consumerism and materialism We eat when we re not hungry, drink when we re not thirsty, buy what we don t need, and throw away everything that s useful Don t sell a man what he wants sell him what he doesn t want Pretend he s got eight feet and two stomachs and money to burn That s not illogical it s evil Upon quitting his job and selling off the [...]

  23. You know a book is really good when it makes you mad Anger is one of the strongest emotions The fury I felt at an imagined character has tickled something I need to explore The antagonist of this novel, Allie Fox, or Father, as he is most commonly referred, is quite the inventor As a strong patriarch, Father has a larger than life presence over everyone his family most notably Charlie, his eldest son, the protagonist, first reveres then comes to despise him After being bullied and drug through t [...]

  24. Everyone calls this an adventure book I guess I never thought to classify mental illness and the abuse of a family as adventure A man leaves the United States on his belief that it is all unraveling around him and that the only way to save himself and his family is to lead them into isolation in the Honduran rainforest He is an inventor and a genius but the only thing unraveling is his mind I was than halfway through this book before anything happened Until that point, the story was a constant [...]

  25. Excellent book about the dangers of monomania and pride Allie Fox is basically Captain Ahab reborn as an inventor with a real bone to pick with American society and culture This was an incredibly engaging book and would be a good read for both those looking to think and those looking to be entertained I always tell my wife that I want to sell everything and move to Australia, raise sheep, and live the simple life This novel made me reconsider my dream In America we love to romanticize the simple [...]

  26. I hate Paul Theroux with a passion I had to read this book for year 11 and it was so painful that instead of reading the last quarter of the book I borrowed the Harrison Ford movie and wrote my essay based on the movieI guess they both ended the same because I got a good mark for my essay.I don t know whether it was the characters that I hated or just the whole storyline, but all I know was that I was glad when his boat house sank Did it sink Or did the son shoot the father or am I just making i [...]

  27. I struggled with this book Not because it was badly written on the contrary, Theroux s writing was excellent, as always I struggled because I had such a dislike for one of the main characters the narrator s father, who had a key role He was such a narcissistic jerk and Theroux developed the character and setting so skillfully that at times I had to put the book down because I was too angry at him the character All the same, I had to pick up the book again to find out how the likeable characters [...]

  28. The only Paul Theroux I had read before was a non fiction travel diary called The Happy Isles of Oceania I was surprised to open this and find it was fiction And very strange fiction.This is a story of a brilliant but mentally ill man He has a genius for mechanics and invention, but he is sure that the United States has become a destroyed society destined for war He states a lot of current political truths and feelings but magnified into a paranoia that results in him taking his family wife, 12 [...]

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