Monday, July 20, 2015

Mosquito Coast

The Mosquito Coast by Paul Theroux, 374 pages

It is the early '80s, and America is falling apart, drowning in the garbage of its consumerist excess, splitting apart along racial and class lines, sweating in terror of an implacable enemy.  Allie Fox sees this, even if no one else does, and transplants his family from rural Massachusetts to the Honduran jungle, seeking a fresh start and a better way.  Brilliant and fiercely determined, nothing will stop Allie from building his version of heaven or hell.

Teenaged Charlie Fox suffers being the focus of his father's attempts to force human nature to conform to his will.  As the narrator, he shares with us his struggle to find sanity in a world ruled by madness.

An uncomfortable, haunting tale.

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