Hotel Honolulu Paul Theroux


Published: 2004


494 pages


Hotel Honolulu  by  Paul Theroux

Hotel Honolulu by Paul Theroux
2004 | Paperback | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, audiobook, mp3, RTF | 494 pages | ISBN: | 6.58 Mb

I started out really enjoying this book with its colorful locale and offbeat characters. The protagonist is a stranger coming to grips with a strange land--a middle-aged writer from the mainland who leaves behind his family and old life to start over in obscurity in Hawaii and ends up managing a second-rate hotel. The stories he tells about the people he encounters are by turns funny and tragic, and often a little twisted, which was good. Then they became really twisted, and then ultimately quite perverse. After about the third instance of some paunchy and/or eccentric older man falling in love /becoming obsessed with some exotic young beauty (the protagonist included), and multiple stories of sexual abuse/enslavement, I started to find it all quite disturbing and more than a little tiresome.

I did enjoy Buddy, the hotels outrageously crude and crass owner, and the writers literal-minded young daughter, Rose, but overall, I think this was the authors own impotent masturbatory mid-life crisis depressingly set down in print.

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