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The Lower River
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Bibliographic Detail
Publisher Mariner Books
Publication date May 7, 2013
Pages 323
Binding Paperback
Edition Reprint
Book category Adult Fiction
ISBN-13 9780544002258
ISBN-10 0544002253
Dimensions 0.75 by 5.75 by 8.25 in.
Weight 0.58 lbs.
Original list price $14.95
Summaries and Reviews
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“[Hock] knows he is ensorcelled by exoticism, but he can’t help himself. And, as things go from bad to worse and the pages start to turn faster, neither can we. A.”—Entertainment Weekly


When he was a young man, Ellis Hock spent four of the best years of his life with the Peace Corps in Malawi. So when his wife of forty-two years leaves him, he decides to return to the village where he was stationed in search of the happiness he’d been missing since he left. But what he finds is not what he expected. The school he built is a ruin, the church and clinic are gone, and poverty and apathy have set in among the people.

They remember Ellis and welcome him with open arms. Soon, however, their overtures turn menacing; they demand money and refuse to let him leave the village. Is his new life an escape or a trap?


“Theroux’s bravely unsentimental novel about a region where he began his own grand career should become part of anybody’s education in the continent.”—Washington Post

“The Lower River is riveting in its storytelling and provocative in its depiction of this African backwater, infusing both with undertones of slavery and cannibalism, savagery and disease.”—New York Times Book Review


Editions
Hardcover
Book cover for 9780547746500
 
1 edition from Houghton Mifflin (May 22, 2012)
9780547746500 | details & prices | 323 pages | 6.50 × 9.25 × 1.25 in. | 1.15 lbs | List price $25.00
About: Ellis Hock never believed that he would return to Africa.
Paperback
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Reprint edition from Mariner Books (May 7, 2013)
9780544002258 | details & prices | 323 pages | 5.75 × 8.25 × 0.75 in. | 0.58 lbs | List price $14.95
About: “[Hock] knows he is ensorcelled by exoticism, but he can’t help himself.

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