D have to admit there is truth in what Theroux writes He does not deal in out and out falsehoods rather he misleads by leaving out He mentions that Heute Ziehst Du Aus: Roman progress has been made and even touches on thehenomenon of northern blacks returning to the South because it represents a vast improvement over their lives in laces like Chicago or Detroit But he skims over this fascinating revealing and remarkable bit of history uickly and lightly No where in the book do you get a true impression of the substantial and ositive changes that have taken Kapriolen Des Schicksals[Roman] place in the South Rather you get concentrated doses of itsast history and the remnants of that history that indeed still remainAs I say the books is dishonest because of its imbalance One uits it or at least I did with a desire to say to Theroux Yes yes all you have chosen to say is true as far as it goes but why didn t you give the other side of the story eual time and emphasis While there remain The Magnanimous Heart problems in the South there is also much to admire in the way it has attempted to reform itself It is in fact a better tolerant hopefullace than much of the rust belt north Or Even Theroux S even Theroux s state It s a shame and venal of Theroux to begin by retending to liking the South and then to go on for over 400 ages not so subtly undermining it As a native Southerner in my 60 s found this book to be sympathetic and insightful Mr Thoreaux did not disparage the rural lower class residents the South but sought to understand their frustration with the changes wrought in their life Factories were moved to Mexico or other countries Longtime jobs were lost and there were no alternatives Wealthy Over Mintmarks and Hot Repunched Mintmarks people andoliticians sent millions of dollars in aid to foreign countries while they received no help Jobs were gone health care was hard to come by education had bypassed many and they felt increasing vilified by the modern world Blacks in the South wanted to farm and get loans but had to meet impossible demands from the government agencies I didn t read racism into every chapter It was sadness and loss Mr Thoreaux obviously loved his time in the Deep South and appreciated the eople even the difficult eople His One Day in December portrayal of church services was exactly as it is And there were no demeaning comments He enjoyed his time with theeople in the churches In other words most the most Alamo Story: From Early History to Current Conflicts part he understood Southerners This is a valuable book that should be read byeople of all olitical ersuasions and living in all areas of the country Not one of his best by some distance Like many of his travel books they have the happy knack of discouraging you from going yourself but that s fine I want to know warts and all Seems to be an uneven book some Isabel de Solis, Soraya: Un Cuento de Amor En La Alhambra passages not enough really take off and flow like the first visit to a gun fair but then he visits others which smells a bit likeadding it out Many of the verbatim one assumes conversations are not Out of the Box particularly riveting or informative better E soul food cafes found in every town no matter how small There is the ruined grandeur of numberless ghostly towns long abandoned by the industries that built them There are the state gun shows and the close knitsubtly forlorn tribe ofeople who attend and run them Deep in the heart of his native country Theroux discovers a land The First Secret of Edwin Hoff profoundly foreign than anything he hasreviously experienced.
READ Deep South: Four Seasons on Back RoadsIn reviewing Deep South your erspective depends on where you are from and where you reside I am a black southerner and found the book deeply offensive Although he uts denigrating comments in uotes it is hard to imagine any southerner saying some words to a total stranger especially an outsider Consider for example that racial slurs are attributed to the speaker being interviewed Most white southerners in today s world would not say these words aloud Perhaps in the 1960 s but certainly not now Also Theroux aints a dismal ortrait of rural southern blacks giving them little hope He basically ignores the large and growing black middle class in the south who are well educated with nuclear families He astondingly states that blacks in Africa have a brighter future than rural southern blacks What Theroux needs to do is simply look at the GDP of rural blacks and compare it to the GDP of the countries of their ancestors Doing would reveal that Theroux is simply wrong I felt contrary to some reviewers that he was constantly looking down his nose at the south and at southerners But again such a book is viewed differently depending on southerners But again such a book is viewed differently depending on reader and in País íntim particular where the roots of the reader reside This is a very recent look at life in the southern States and how things have changed or not since segregation was supposedly ended Given that it s so recent it s a shock to read that extremeoverty still exists in the wealthy US that exceeds even that in Africa where Theroux has travelled extensively and Theroux himself is shocked by this discovery while segregation still exists either overtly or covertly In fact it was reading his Dark Star Safari that drew me to sampling of his work and I found that I Under Lock and Key preferred the book on Africa as it was of a journey down the length of the continent with a beginning middle and end whereas Deep South is based on a number of visits returning to the samelaces and eople during the different seasons That s not to say that it wasn t interesting and enlightening just a different sort of journey Having read and enjoyed several of Paul s travel books this one was frankly disappointing I think he set off withsome sort of agenda And his attack on some of The Great Southern Writers Was Unjustified Had great Southern writers was unjustified had feel for the book at allGave up before the end something I hardly ever do I have been a follower of Paul Theroux s books for years now This one made me so mad I had to stop reading it because it is so unbalanced It s true there are social injustices everywhere in every area of the country in back rooms and board rooms and ball fields To compare the American South to the hopelessness of third world countries is just not true
Everyone in the South bears the burden of the Civil War mentalityin the South bears the burden of the Civil War mentality had to stop reading at the chapter where racial slurs were discussed I just could not take it going on and on and on for hundreds of ages Theroux s book on the South is well written SUNDAY TIMES TOP TEN BESTSELLER Beloved travel writer Paul Theroux turns his attention to America exploring the landscapes and communities of his homeland as an outsider for the first time For the ast fifty years Paul Theroux has travelled to the far corners of the earth to China India Africa the Pacific Islands South America Russia and elsewhere and brought them to life in his cool exactin. Ndeed as far as mechanics of writing go It s truly disappointing that his travels missed the good things that stared him right in his travels missed the good things that stared him right in face but he chose to ignore the generations now of Velvet Ropes (Club Undercover people who have fought so long and so hard to better the situation for all Mosteople don t just decide how they think a Freud and His Followers place is and then go in search of evidence to support it even as so manyush forward to change I wish the author would concentrate on his fiction and not on continuing the Pjesme perceived racist gun show mentality of the Deep South Ok here comes another review of the sort that is going to anpissen anybody speak German here any serious reviewers and buyers here And I understand I get like that myself often enoughI haven t even read the book yet except for the first couple ofages I ve only looked at the ictures and I m sold on this book already That and the subject of it I love the American South for some strange reason but hotographed by Steve Mc Curry Need I say Stunning ictures as usual all in that graphically reduced to the essential elements Steve McCurry signature style Of the uniuely beautiful American South My only gripe so far the book s format is still too small to do the ictures justice I ve got the hardback versionI ve heard of much that I would like about Paul Theroux s style and given the subject and the ictures I m sure I m going to thoroughly enjoy this oneIt s worth the buy just for the ictures If you like great A'dan Z'ye Yaşar Kemal photography like me Being an ardent Paul Theroux reader I was intrigued about wanting to know what he wrote about his own country A few years ago I had visited the deep south but like most tourist went to Charleston Savanah New Orleans Memphis Nashville and enjoyed all I saw trememdously Little did I know that there is such a dark side to The Deep South and suchoverty and desperation I and many other Nacht people of theost war generation in Europe have grown up admiring everything of the USA what a let down to know that the country of all oportunities cares so little about its own needing areas I also hope that Paul sent a copy of the book To The Clintons Asking Why A Well the Clintons asking why A well but essentially dishonest book the dishonesty being the result of an imbalance It s clear Theroux had a vision of the south and southerners whites in articular before he made his excursions In the course of his wandering he appears to have urposely went looking for or only reports those encounters that support his rejudices The vast majority of eople he spends time with are either minorities blacks native Americans or what he calls dot Indians from India or whites he meets at gun shows From the minorities he extracts anecdotal stories and selected histories in support of racial The Collaborative Habit: Life Lessons for Working Together prejudice while the gun show visits allow him toresent a somewhat narrow slice of southern men and women who conform to a view of them as gun mad bubbasAnyone both honest about and familiar with the south woul. G Curse of Rocky Colavito prose In Deep South he turns his gaze to a region much closer to his home Travelling through North and South Carolina Georgia Tennessee Mississippi Alabama and Arkansas Paul Theroux writes of the stunning landscapes he discovers the deserts the mountains the Mississippi and above all the lives of theeople he meets The South is a lace of contradictions There is the warm open spirit of th. .