A titan of American letters, Paul Theroux wowed audiences and critics with his modern classic Mosquito Coast. Its captivating thematic cousin, The Lower River stars Ellis Hock, a man whose dreams of world travel and humanitarianism in the Peace Corps were dashed when he returned home to assume control of his family's business. Now with his wife having left and his life stagnant, Ellis makes the fateful decision to travel back to the small African village he once called home. Yet the happiness and fulfillment he seeks remain elusive.
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by Paul Theroux
by Aleksandar Hemon
by Salvatore Scibona
by Salman Rushdie
by Bernhard Schlink
by Charles Baxter
by Joseph O'Neill
by Per Petterson
"Narrator Jefferson Mays portrays an innocuous haberdasher--once a bright-eyed Peace Corps humanitarian--who travels to the African village of Malabo, on the Lower River. Ellis Hock, formerly a blissful teacher, returns to Malabo after a painful divorce and reluctant retirement. His na•vetŽ and its inevitable crumbling are keenly nuanced in Mays's performance. As the author portrays the villagers' lives of grinding poverty, along with instances of misused donations and village brutality, Hock eventually becomes a captive instead of an honored guest and even faces sale as a hostage. Mays eloquently delivers the voices and accents of the villagers, especially as their respect and admiration subtly, chillingly transition to tones of menace. D.P.D. (c) AudioFile 2013, Portland, Maine"
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