The Pillars of Hercules by Paul Theroux


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I just finished reading The Pillars of Hercules by Paul Theroux. Honestly, I started reading the book for the simple reason that I had nothing else to read. But after the first few pages, I was glued to the book and finished the book within two weeks. It is that interesting.

The Pillars of Hercules is the third travel book I have read, the first two being Lassana Lankawa by ………………. and Seeing Ceylon by R. L. Brohier. Paul Theroux travels in all the countries around except Libya and writes about his voyages through the sea and journeys through land beautifully. Vowing to himself not to fly, he takes the more difficult sea and land routes and encounter many an interesting places and people. He loves meeting the other writers who live around the Mediterranean. Once he meets a writer who has traveled to Sri Lanka and bought an island in Galle. Theroux himself has traveled to Sri Lanka but I wonder whether he has written a book on that.

In addition to the author’s travel experiences, he writes brief histories of some of these countries too. His accounts of the tyrannical dictators in the region are very satirical.

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One thought on “The Pillars of Hercules by Paul Theroux

  1. Wanni

    Paul writes about hisJourney to Sri lanka in “The Great Railway Bazaar”. He comes to Rameswaram, India by train and then takes a ferry to Sri Lanka .
    In this book or another one he mentions about attending a literary meeting in Galle. This was long before the current Galle Literary Festival became vogue.

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