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The Pillars of Hercules: A Grand Tour of the Mediterranean
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Bibliographic Detail
Publisher Ballantine Books
Publication date November 1, 1996
Binding Paperback
Book category Adult Non-Fiction
ISBN-13 9780449910856
ISBN-10 0449910857
Dimensions 1.25 by 5.75 by 8.25 in.
Weight 1 lbs.
Original list price $18.00
Summaries and Reviews
Summary
Traces a modern version of the Grand Tour of Europe--a lively, sometimes violent journey around the shores of the Mediterranean
Amazon.com description: Product Description: "DAZZLING."
--Time
"[THEROUX'S] WORK IS DISTINGUISHED BY A SPLENDID EYE FOR DETAIL AND THE TELLING GESTURE; a storyteller's sense of pacing and gift for granting closure to the most subtle progression of events; and the graceful use of language. . . . We are delighted, along with Theroux, by the politeness of the Turks, amazed by the mountainous highlands in Syria, touched by the gesture of an Albanian waitress who will not let him pay for his modest meal. . . . The Pillars of Hercules [is] engrossing and enlightening from start (a damning account of tourists annoying the apes of Gibraltar) to finish (an utterly captivating visit with Paul Bowles in Tangier, worth the price of the book all by itself)."
--Chicago Tribune
"ENTERTAINING READING . . . WHEN YOU READ THEROUX, YOU'RE TRULY ON A TRIP."
--The Boston Sunday Globe
"HIS PICARESQUE NARRATIVE IS STUDDED WITH SCENES THAT STICK IN THE MIND. He looks at strangers with a novelist's eye, and his portraits are pleasantly tinged with malice."
--The Washington Post Book World
"THEROUX AT HIS BEST . . . An armchair trip with Theroux is sometimes dark, but always a delight."
--Playboy
"AS SATISFYING AS A GLASS OF COOL WINE ON A DUSTY CALABRIAN AFTERNOON . . . With his effortless writing style, observant eye, and take-no-prisoners approach, Theroux is in top form chronicling this 18-month circuit of the Mediterranean."
--Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

Editions
Hardcover
Book cover for 9780399141089
 
from Putnam Pub Group (October 1, 1995)
9780399141089 | details & prices | 511 pages | 6.50 × 9.75 × 1.50 in. | 2.00 lbs | List price $27.50
About: The author traces a modern version of the Grand Tour of Europe--a lively, sometimes violent journey around the shores of the Mediterranean
Paperback
Book cover for 9780449910856
 
The price comparison is for this edition
from Ballantine Books (November 1, 1996)
9780449910856 | details & prices | 5.75 × 8.25 × 1.25 in. | 1.00 lbs | List price $18.00
About: Traces a modern version of the Grand Tour of Europe--a lively, sometimes violent journey around the shores of the Mediterranean
Cassette/Spoken Word
Book cover for 9780140862362
 
With William Hootkins (other contributor) | from Penguin/Highbridge (May 1, 1997)
9780140862362 | details & prices | 4.50 × 7.00 × 0.50 in. | 0.30 lbs | List price $16.95
About: In this modern version of the Grand Tour, Paul Theroux sets off from Gibralter, one of the Pillars of Hercules, his destination the southern pillar.

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