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A Stranger in the Earth Twenty two year old Horace Littlefair travels from the village of Great Much to the big city London town if not to make it rich then at least to make a living working for his great uncle at the local

  • Title: A Stranger in the Earth
  • Author: Marcel Theroux
  • ISBN: 9780151004089
  • Page: 466
  • Format: Hardcover
  • A Stranger in the Earth By Marcel Theroux, Twenty two year old Horace Littlefair travels from the village of Great Much to the big city London town if not to make it rich, then at least to make a living working for his great uncle at the local newspaper Unprepared, underpaid, and overdressed, he is plunged instead into the discombobulating world of love, racism, rabies, blackmail, political intrigue and ScraTwenty two year old Horace Littlefair travels from the village of Great Much to the big city London town if not to make it rich, then at least to make a living working for his great uncle at the local newspaper Unprepared, underpaid, and overdressed, he is plunged instead into the discombobulating world of love, racism, rabies, blackmail, political intrigue and Scrabble Horace is out of step with the rest of the world, threatened by impending disaster wherever he turns But he is helped along by several unlikely and unusual friendships And so Horace stumbles to adapt, to love, to produce good copy, and to get the scoop behind Barnaby Colefax s campaign to save the urban fox Marvelous storytelling from a gifted young writer.

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    1 thought on “A Stranger in the Earth

    1. At first blush this reminded me a bit of Chronic City and The Corrections Sort of a new kid in town, meets people and events ensue I like the metaphor of a box of spinning gyroscopes bouncing off each other And I have to say I liked this a lot better than my first Theroux effort Strange Bodies which I couldn t be bothered to even write how much I didn t enjoy finishing it as it seemed to get less interesting as it went along.Still, I did read it all and rather quickly The first person point of v [...]

    2. selected for its length under 300 pages and its promise of amusement a witty satire had me roaring with laughter at 2 a.m11 3I experienced none of the promised roaring not even a vocalized chuckle or two Maybe it was trying for sweet but it just didn t get past ho hum I did enjoy the main character, and the author s treatment of him That is probably the only thing that saved this from being a 1 star throwaway But a plot needs to be either interesting or amusing A small, predictable plot can be w [...]

    3. This is the story of Horace Littlefair, resident of a tiny village in rural England, who decides to make a new life in London, where he has been offered employment at an obscure newspaper owned by his great uncle Dressed in walking breeches and a long tweed coat, he is promptly cheated by a cabdriver and spends his first night sleeping on a park bench Thus begins Horace s adventures in his new life Inept at reporting and surrounded by eccentric and unsuitable characters who becomes his new famil [...]

    4. There is something about this book that kept me enthralled in Horace s life I want to say it s a page turner but there is no mystery or suspense that propels the reader It s just a well crafted story about a small town man making his way in London If you like Paul Theroux s stories you will like Marcel Theroux s his son stories.

    5. So interesting to read an acclaimed first novel from 1998 and then look up the author to see if he succeeded in meeting expectations In this case he did, not surprising considering the talent that runs through the Theroux family Charming read, assuming you appreciate dry, English wit.

    6. Theroux s debut doesn t hint at the bleak parameters of his wonderful Strange Bodies, but is carried byits main character, Horace, an innocent impossible not to root for.

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