Deep South: Shortlist Stanford Travel Book 2017
- Author: Paul Theroux
- Title: Deep South
- Published: 2015
- Trivia: Shortlist Stanford Travel Book of the Year 2017
- List of Challenges 2018
- Monthly reading plan
Genre: non-fiction travel writing
- Flyspecks on a map….
- …forgotten towns with a creek or running stream
- …they were all backwaters literally and figuratively.
- Deep South by P. Theroux surprises me with every page.
- From North Carolina through Georgia,
- Tennessee and Alabama to Mississippi and Arkansas….
- in his first book to focus on his homeland,
- the veteran travel writer and novelist finds segregation
- still thrives in the old Confederate states.
- Paul Theroux is more interested in
- conversationthan sightseeing
- …the heart an soul of family narratives…the human wealth.
- Theroux captures the essence of the Deep South.
- At the moment in The Netherlands ( where this ex-pat lives) the news is
- all about the elderly who are becoming very lonely.
- People are living longer and must cope with a
- type of isolation due to physical health and mobility.
- NOT once in Theroux’s book is the word loneliness mentioned.
- Because it is ‘the Southern way‘ to always be of
- assistance regardless of class, color or creed.
- …or if you aree a stranger from the North taking notes (Paul Theroux)
- ” Kin Ah h’ep you….in inny way? is the motto of the Deep South.
- Sometimes I don’t want a book to end….this is that kind of book!
- Theroux is a traveler but also a lover of literature.
- He explores Southern Fiction (especially Faulkner) to give the reader
- access to the reflective interior of southern states
- …so passive….so mute.