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I read widely and in most genres but romance and westerns. Here you'll find my reviews since 2007, with a few reviews of previously read books as well.


In 2012, I completed an "authors of the world" challenge, reading a book for every country (and a few other entities) by someone who'd lived there for at least two years. I expect to tag these books by challenge and country in the near future. I'm still refining my list by adding books that better meet my challenge criteria.

Dark Star Safari - Paul Theroux I so enjoy Theroux's writing, but this one goes beyond curmudgeonly. Read it for the descriptions of landscape and people, but ignore the opinions (as, at 7:47 in the audiobook, he appears to advocate for letting children starve rather than providing aid).As a reader, Thoroux makes you feel damned if you do, damned if you don't. Damned if you visit Africa, damned if you don't. Damned if you try to be helpful, damned if you don't. But definitely damned if you fly somewhere rather than take a bus. Damned if you look at "attractions" (unless you're Theroux). Damned if you generalize (unless you're Theroux). Damned if you're a white tourist, though non-white tourists seem to figure very little. Damned if you spoil his tourist experience by being in his way, asking questions, taking risks, or not taking risks. The impact of AIDS on national development is minimized. Everything was better when he was younger. The audiobook reader adds a pompous, sarcastic element to Theroux's already generally snide pontification. The print version may give less tonal offense.I may decide only to read older Theroux and his novels. This was rather tedious.