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Ve fought so long and so hard to better the situation for all Most people don t just decide how they think a place is and then go in search of vidence to support it ven as so many push forward to change I wish the author would concentrate on his fiction and not on continuing the perceived racist gun show mentality of the Deep South Ok here comes another review of the sort that is going to anpissen anybody speak German here any serious reviewers and buyers here And I understand here any serious reviewers and buyers here And I understand get like that myself often noughI haven t Twelve Days of Pleasure even read the book yetxcept for the first couple of pages I ve only looked at the pictures and I m sold on this book already That and the subject of it I love the American South for some strange reason but photographed by Steve Mc Curry Need I say Stunning pictures as usual all in that graphically reduced to the ssential lements Steve McCurry signature style Of the uniuely beautiful American South My only gripe so far the book s format is still too small to do the pictures justice I ve got the hardback versionI ve heard of much that I would like about Paul Theroux s style and given th Being an ardent Paul Theroux reader I was intrigued about wanting to know what he wrote about his own country A few years ago I had visited the deep south but like most tourist went to Charleston Savanah New Orleans Memphis Nashville and Gustave Caillebotte: The Painter's Eye enjoyed all I saw trememdously Little did I know that there is such a dark side to The Deep South and such poverty and desperation I and many other people of the post war generation in Europe have grown up admiringverything of the USA what a let down to know that the country of all oportunities cares so little about its own needing areas I also hope that Paul sent a copy of the book to the Clintons asking why their foundation is doing nothing to help the area where Bill Clinton grew up they certaily could use help A well written but Grand Illusion: The Third Reich, the Paris Exposition, and the Cultural Seduction of France essentially dishonest book the dishonesty being the result of an imbalance It s clear Theroux had a vision of the south and southerners whites in particular before he made hisxcursions In the course of his wandering he appears to have purposely went looking for or only reports those ncounters that support his prejudices The Vast Majority Of People He Spends Time With Are Either majority of people he spends time with are ither blacks native Americans or what he calls dot Indians from India or whites he meets at gun shows From the minorities he Great Plains: America's Lingering Wild extracts anecdotal stories and selected histories in support of racial prejudice while the gun show visits allow him to present a somewhat narrow slice of southern men and women who conform to a view of them as gun mad bubbasAnyone both honest about and familiar with the south would have to admit there is truth in what Theroux writes He does not deal in out and out falsehoods rather he misleads by leaving out He mentions that progress has been made andven touches on the phenomenon of northern blacks returning to the South because it represents a vast improvement over their lives in places like Chicago or Detroit But he skims over this fascinating revealing and remarkable bit of history uickly and lightly No wher. G prose In Deep South he turns his gaze to a region much closer to his home Travelling through North and South Carolina Georgia Tennessee Mississippi Alabama and Arkansas Paul Theroux writes of the stunning landscapes he discovers the deserts the mountains the Mississippi and above all the lives of the people he meets The South is a place of contradictions There is the warm open spirit of th. ,

In reviewing Deep South your perspective depends on where you are from and where you reside I am a black southerner and found the book deeply offensive Although he puts denigrating comments in uotes it is hard to imagine any southerner saying some words to a total stranger Hard Bread (Phoenix Poets especially an outsider Consider forxample that racial slurs are attributed to to a total stranger Electromyography for Experimentalists especially an outsider Consider forxample that racial slurs are attributed to speaker being interviewed Most white southerners in today s world would not say these words aloud Perhaps in the 1960 s but certainly not now Also Theroux paints a dismal portrait of rural southern blacks giving them little hope He basically ignores the large and growing black middle class in the south who are well Forgetful of Their Sex: Female Sanctity and Society, ca. 500-1100 educated with nuclear families He astondingly states that blacks in Africa have a brighter future than rural southern blacks What Theroux needs to do is simply look at the GDP of rural blacks and compare it to the GDP of the countries of their ancestors Doing would reveal that Theroux is simply wrong I felt contrary to some reviewers that he was constantly looking down his nose at the south and at southerners But again such a book is viewed differently depending on the reader and in particular where the roots of the reader reside This is a very recent look at life in the southern States and how things have changed or not since segregation was supposedlynded Given that it s so recent it s a shock to read that xtreme poverty still xists in the wealthy US that xceeds ven that in Africa where Theroux has travelled Wicked Loving Lies extensively and Theroux himself is shocked by this discovery while segregation stillxists ither overtly or covertly In fact it was reading his Dark Star Safari that drew me to sampling of his work and I found that I preferred the book on Africa as it was of a journey preferred the book on Africa as it was of
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journey the of the continent with a beginning middle and nd whereas Deep South is based on a number of visits returning to the same places and people during the different seasons That s not to say that it wasn t interesting and nlightening just a different sort of journey Having read and njoyed several of Paul s travel books this one was frankly disappointing I think he set off withsome sort of agenda And his attack on some of the great Southern writers was unjustified had no feel for the book at allGave up before the nd something I hardly ver do I have been a follower of Paul Theroux s books for years now This one made me so mad I had to stop reading it because it is so unbalanced It s true there are social injustices verywhere in very area of the country in back rooms and board rooms and ball fields To compare the American South to the hopelessness of third world countries is just not true Everyone in the South bears the burden of the Civil War mentality I had to stop reading at the chapter where racial slurs were discussed I just could not take it going on and on and on for hundreds of pages Theroux s book on the South is well written indeed as far as mechanics of writing go It s truly disappointing that his travels missed the good things that stared him right in the face but he chose to ignore the generations now of people who ha. SUNDAY TIMES TOP TEN BESTSELLER Beloved travel writer Paul Theroux turns his attention to America Aramaic Bowl Spells: Jewish Babylonian Aramaic Bowls Volume One exploring the landscapes and communities of his homeland as an outsider for the first time For the past fifty years Paul Theroux has travelled to the far corners of thearth to China India Africa the Pacific Islands South America Russia and Xenophon And His World (Historia Einzelschriften) elsewhere and brought them to life in his coolxactin. E in the book do you get a true impression of the substantial and positive changes that have taken place in the substantial and positive changes that have taken place in the Rather you get concentrated doses of its past history and the remnants of that history that indeed still remainAs I say the books is dishonest because of its imbalance One uits it or at least I did with a desire to say to Theroux Yes yes all you have chosen to say is true as far as it goes but why didn t you give the other side of the story Geography of the Gaze: Urban and Rural Vision in Early Modern Europe eual time andmphasis While there remain problems in the South there is also much to admire in the way it has attempted to reform itself It is in fact a better tolerant hopeful place than much of the rust belt north or ven Theroux s home state It the rust belt north or ven Theroux s home state It a shame and venal of Theroux to begin by pretending to liking the South and then to go on for over 400 pages not so subtly undermining it As a native Southerner in my 60 s I found this book to be sympathetic and insightful Mr Thoreaux did not disparage the rural lower class residents of the South but sought to understand their frustration with the changes wrought in their life Factories were moved to Mexico or other countries Longtime jobs were lost and there were no alternatives Wealthy people and politicians sent millions of dollars in aid to foreign countries while they received no help Jobs were gone health care was hard to come by One Wild Weekend education had bypassed many and they felt increasing vilified by the modern world Blacks in the South wanted to farm and get loans but had to meet impossible demands from the government agencies I didn t read racism intovery chapter It was sadness and loss Mr Thoreaux Obviously Loved His Time In The Deep loved his time in the Deep and appreciated the people Forgetful of Their Sex even the difficult people His portrayal of church services wasxactly as it is And there were no demeaning comments He Naturally Naughty Wicked Willing enjoyed his time with the people in the churches In other words most the most part he understood Southerners This is a valuable book that should be read by people of all political persuasions and living in all areas of the country Not one of his best by some distance Like many of his travel books they have the happy knack of discouraging you from going yourself but that s fine I want to know warts and all Seems to be an uneven book some passages notnough really take off and flow like the first visit to a gun fair but then he visits others which smells a bit like padding it out Many of the verbatim one assumes conversations are not particularly riveting or informative better if they were F. Scott Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby excluded Not knowing the area at all I tried to find some of the places on Google Earth but maybe I missed the derelict houses he describes for it looked not too bad to me though trailer homes predominated And of course Google Earthxcludes people In his initial review of authors he fails to mention Bill Bryson s Walled (The Line, early work The Lost Continent of a tour into small town America which I found both informative and readable He has a strong dig against Clinton which I found a bit disturbing and maybe unnecessary While he makes a great play of re visiting towns and people he has met before I don t see he adds much to the tale. E soul food cafes found invery town no matter how small There is the ruined grandeur of numberless ghostly towns long abandoned by the industries that built them There are the state gun shows and the close knitsubtly forlorn tribe of people who attend and run them Deep in the heart of his native country Theroux discovers a land profoundly foreign than anything he has previously xperienced. .

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