The Mosquito Coast (Paperback)

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The Mosquito Coast (Paperback)

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“An Impressive and disturbing vision of the American psyche.”—Washington Post Book World

From legendary writer Paul Theroux, an international bestseller that is a spellbinding adventure story of an American family that rejects its homeland and tries to find a happier life in the jungles of Central America.

The paranoid and brilliant inventor Allie Fox uproots his family from their New England farm to live in the Honduran jungle, determined to build a civilization better than the one they've left. An individualist, Allie sees modern America as wasteful, immoral, and messy. Fleeing from materialism and conformity, he hopes to rediscover a purer life.

Told by fourteen-year-old Charlie Fox, who observes his father with a mixture of love, astonishment, and ultimately horror, The Mosquito Coast is a twisted Swiss Family Robinson or an ironic take on Robinson Crusoe. For as Allie becomes ever more lost to reality, this utopian experiment takes a dark turn as his obsessions lead the family toward unimaginable danger.

PAUL THEROUX is the author of many highly acclaimed books. His novels include The Bad Angel Brothers, The Lower RiverJungle Lovers, and The Mosquito Coast, and his renowned travel books include Ghost Train to the Eastern Star and Dark Star Safari. He lives in Hawaii and on Cape Cod.


Product Details ISBN: 9780618658961
ISBN-10: 0618658963
Publisher: Mariner Books Classics
Publication Date: June 1st, 2006
Pages: 384
Language: English

“A work of fiendish energy and ingenuity.”—Newsweek   “An impressive and disturbing vision of the American psyche.”—Washington Post    —