Deep South

Four Seasons on Back Roads
CD - unabridged
Audio (19 discs)
Product Number: CV0355
Released: Jan 28, 2016
Business Term: Purchase
ISBN: #9781501904806
Narrator/s: John McDonough
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Description

One of the most acclaimed travel writers of our time turns his unflinching eye on an American South too often overlooked Paul Theroux has spent fifty years crossing the globe, adventuring in the exotic, seeking the rich history and folklore of the far away. Now, for the first time, in his tenth travel book, Theroux explores a piece of America - the Deep South. He finds there a paradoxical place, full of incomparable music, unparalleled cuisine, and yet also some of the nation's worst schools, housing, and unemployment rates. It's these parts of the South, so often ignored, that have caught Theroux's keen traveler's eye. On road trips spanning four seasons, wending along rural highways, Theroux visits gun shows and small-town churches, laborers in Arkansas, and parts of Mississippi where they still call the farm up the road "the plantation." He talks to mayors and social workers, writers and reverends, the working poor and farming families - the unsung heroes of the south, the people who, despite it all, never left, and also those who returned home to rebuild a place they could never live without. From the writer whose "great mission has always been to transport us beyond that reading chair, to challenge himself - and thus, to challenge us" (Boston Globe), Deep South is an ode to a region, vivid and haunting, full of life and loss alike.

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Author(s): Paul Theroux
Genre: Travel
Awards:New York Times Bestseller

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Author(s): Paul Theroux
Narrator(s): John McDonough
Genre: Travel
Product Number Z11605
Released: Oct 08, 2015
Business Term: Purchase
ISBN: #9781501904813
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Author(s): Paul Theroux
Genre: Travel
Product Number EB00590328
Released: Sep 29, 2015
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ISBN: #9780544323537

Professional reviews

"John McDonough, who's narrated Paul Theroux's work before, brings his gravelly voice and musical ear to this complex and interwoven work of travel narrative. The setting for Theroux's most recent peregrinations is the rural South, and McDonough's challenge is to capture the dialects of the residents of the Black Belt states. He adeptly mimics the long, languid inflections of the locals and does a fine job with the new immigrants from India and Iran, too. This road book with digressions on Southern literature, culture, and the region's unlikely resemblance to a third-world country is presented with art and style. A.M. © AudioFile 2016, Portland, Maine"

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