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The Lower River
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Bibliographic Detail
Publisher Houghton Mifflin
Publication date May 22, 2012
Pages 323
Binding Hardcover
Edition 1
Book category Adult Fiction
ISBN-13 9780547746500
ISBN-10 0547746504
Dimensions 1.25 by 6.50 by 9.25 in.
Weight 1.15 lbs.
Availability§ Publisher Out of Stock Indefinitely
Original list price $25.00
§As reported by publisher
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Summaries and Reviews
Amazon.com description: Product Description: Ellis Hock never believed that he would return to Africa. He runs an old-fashioned menswear store in a small town in Massachusetts but still dreams of his Eden, the four years he spent in Malawi with the Peace Corps, cut short when he had to return to take over the family business. When his wife leaves him, and he is on his own, he realizes that there is one place for him to go: back to his village in Malawi, on the remote Lower River, where he can be happy again.

Arriving at the dusty village, he finds it transformed: 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 him—the White Man with no fear of snakes—and welcome him. But is his new life, his journey back, an escape or a trap?

Interweaving memory and desire, hope and despair, salvation and damnation, this is a hypnotic, compelling, and brilliant return to a terrain about which no one has ever written better than Theroux.


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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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