Nowhere Man

The Lower River
Paul Theroux
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, $25, 336 pp.

The writing career of Paul Theroux—twenty-some novels, countless short stories, and many books of travel—now spans four decades and shows no signs of slowing down. Theroux’s travel books, beginning with the highly successful Great Railway Bazaar (1975) and featuring most recently a return trip (Ghost Train to the Eastern Star, 2008), add up to a distinctive achievement in that genre. By contrast his novels seem to have been overshadowed, not...

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About the Author

William H. Pritchard is the Henry Clay Folger Professor of English at Amherst College. He is the author of Shelf Life: Literary Essays and Reviews (University of Massachusetts Press) among others.