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Ed He shows us humanity possessed consumed by its own desire and compulsion always with his carefully honed eye for detail and the subtle idiosyncrasies that bring his characters to life Searing dark and sure to unsettle Mr Bones is a stunning new display of Paul Theroux’s “fluent faintly sinister powers of vision and imagination” John Updike The New York. This is my first foray into Theroux s shorter works Until now I ve been immersed in his travel writing and novels So this was certainly different A strange amalgam of stories about relationships and sex Mainly written about foreigners and expatriates in Eastern Asia The longer pieces I found really engaging There was also a handful of micro fiction pieces which didn t do a whole lot for me But it was still a good read on the whole The Ira War Strategy Tactics and Military Lessons Csis Significant Issues Series Csis Significant Issues Series own desire and compulsion always with his carefully honed eye for detail and the subtle idiosyncrasies that bring his characters to life Searing dark and sure to unsettle Mr Bones is a stunning new display Black Blue of Paul Theroux’s “fluent faintly sinister powers The Moe Manifesto of vision and imagination” John Updike The New York. This is my first foray into Theroux s shorter works Until now I ve been immersed in his travel writing and novels So this was certainly different A strange amalgam Positive Church in a Negative World of stories about relationships and sex Mainly written about foreigners and expatriates in Eastern Asia The longer pieces I found really engaging There was also a handful Prince Philip Revealed of micro fiction pieces which didn t do a whole lot for me But it was still a good read Toad of Toad Hall on the whole

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A dark and bitingly humorous collection of short stories from the “brilliantly evocative” Time Paul Theroux A family watches in horror as their patriarch transforms into the singing wise cracking lead of an old timey minstrel show A renowned art collector relishes publicly destroying his most valuable pieces Two boys stand by helplessly as their father sta. The first thing you should know is that many of these stories have already been published in The New Yorker the Atlantic and other esteemed magazine The second thing is that they re good deceptively simple powerful and in the end unsettlingTake the eponymous story Mr Bones for example On the surface it s about a cowered husband and father a shoe salesman who has become nearly invisible to those around him He puts on a mask and adapts an attitude for an old fashioned minstrel show and suddenly becomes intimidating and untouchable It s not a far stretch to say it s about how we all hide behind our inscrutable masks with hints of the racism and marital problems that pervade societyAnother Minor Matt uestions what we value the most In this one an obscenely wealthy art collector bids on and then slashes valuable art work from top artists The art world complies knowing that the destru

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Ges an all consuming war on the raccoons living in the woods around their house A young artist devotes himself to a wealthy malicious gossip knowing that it’s just a matter of time before she turns on himIn this new collection of short stories acclaimed author Paul Theroux explores the tenuous leadership of the elite and the surprising revenge of the overlook. Theroux is a gifted writer this is my first time reading him and it s great to discover a new author He is capable of creating complex character and inspiring a range of emotions in the reader This is hard enough to do when writing a novel much less short stories no word is wasted and nothing is overwroughtheavy handed eitherA few stories were very brief and a bit outre they left a lot to interpretation which might frustrate some readers but I enjoyed this actually It s like looking at a painting each person who looks at it comes away with an entirely different perception of it s meaning And that s what happens with a well written short story My least favorite story was the first one Mr Bones A miserable hen pecked husband takes on a hobby vaudeville performing little shows His kids and wife see his descent into eccentric behavior as a betrayal and his persona veers from hapless and happy to


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  1. says:

    The first thing you should know is that many of these stories have already been published in The New Yorker the Atlantic and other esteemed magazine The second thing is that they’re good – deceptively simple powerful and in the end unsettlingTake the eponymous story Mr Bones for example On the surface it’s about a cowered husband and father – a shoe salesman – who has become nearly invisible to thos

  2. says:

    A very enjoyable collection of short stories about broken people The characters range from mentally ill to filled with vengeance to spineless individuals who can't fight for their own lives Unless you're into this kind of literatur

  3. says:

    I received this book as part of a Goodreads First Reads GiveawayI barely got halfway through this book before I

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    Mr Bones by Paul Theroux is a very highly recommended wonderfully descriptive collection of twenty short stories There should be a story that will appeal to almost everyone in these masterfully well written stories many of which take common place occurrences and put a twist on themThe collection includesMinor Watt A wealthy man destroys his priceless treasure simply because he can Mr Bones A mild mannered father has a drastic and startling

  5. says:

    Theroux is a gifted writer; this is my first time reading him and it's great to discover a new author He is capable of creating complex character and inspiring a range of emotions in the reader This is hard enough to do when writing a novel much less short stories; no word is wasted and nothing is overwroughtheavy handed eitherA few stories were very brief and a bit outre; they left a lot to interpretation which might

  6. says:

    Something gets lost here between the idea and the execution Every story begins with a provocative concept include several insightful paragraphs and observations only to bog down in unnecessary description and explication They lack any sense of tension and release; I've never seen insanity and depravity look so casual and boring May

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    Mr Bones Paul Theroux’s hand is deft and at times brilliant in this collection of stories I particularly like his brief fiction that is a page or two In the volume are one or two stinkers in the twenty stories but when h

  8. says:

    This is my first foray into Theroux's shorter works Until now I've been immersed in his travel writing and novels So this was certainly different A strange amalgam of stories about relationships and sex Mainly written about foreigners and expatriates in Eastern Asia The longer pieces I found really engaging There was also a handful of micr

  9. says:

    Theroux Paul Mr Bones Twenty Stories Houghton Mifflin Harcourt New York 2014 359pp27“Art is swindle” counseled the Ge

  10. says:

    That Theroux is known to be a travel writer is evident from the tropical settings for these tales However what is most interesting is his approach that a White male tourist of age in an Eastern country is not so much intrepid as he is vulnerable to the point of being pathetic This of course extends to Western environment

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