The Mosquito Coast

by Paul Theroux | Literature & Fiction |
ISBN: 0582418143 Global Overview for this book
Registered by Rillaith of Wokingham, Berkshire United Kingdom on 4/6/2006
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9 journalers for this copy...
Journal Entry 1 by Rillaith from Wokingham, Berkshire United Kingdom on Thursday, April 6, 2006
Alex Fox is going to recreate the world. He abandons civilization and takes the family to live in the Honduran jungle. There his tortured genius keeps them alive, his tirades carrying them through a diseased and dirty Eden towards an unimaginable darkness.

Released 15 yrs ago (4/25/2006 UTC) at The Clarence, Whitehall in City of Westminster, Greater London United Kingdom



Left at The Clarence OBCZ at a mini-meet at lunchtime.

Journal Entry 3 by GorgeousGlo on Wednesday, April 26, 2006
I found this at The Clarence. This was the only deal i got in all of London. What an expensive city!

I am almost three quarters of the way into it. It helped me bear the 10-hour flight back home. I will report back soon.

Journal Entry 4 by GorgeousGlo on Wednesday, May 10, 2006
I was totally absorbed by this novel. I never watched the movie. The plot, a man taking his family to Central America in a pioneering quest, never appealed to me. This is why i am surprised at how much i enjoyed the book. Allie embodies what is one of my most despised defects: self-righteousness. Even when the evidence is slapping him across the face, he sticks to his reality. In a sense, his righteousness seemed pathological, because even the simple logic of his prepubescent sons was stronger than his. Allie was blinded by his own light, and there was nothing that could make him be a different way.

Charlie, who is about 13 years old, narrates the story in a very matter-of-fact tone. Maybe because of that I was so unsettled on his behalf. This family was living in hell, with no rescue in sight, and there was nothing I could do to help them. Their despair was palpable, yet Charlie does a terrific job at narrating their nightmare. This is something that perhaps came along in the distance that time provides.

I would have liked to learn more about the mother, what brought her to such a state of dependency. But this small detail is nothing compared with the enjoyment i had while reading this book. Among all the dogs that i come across on a regular basis, this was a remarkable novel.

Journal Entry 5 by GorgeousGlo on Sunday, July 30, 2006
This novel is well worthy of a BookRay.

Rules for the BookRay (inspired from LyekkaMarengo's profile):

1. Please let me know your shipping restrictions.
2. Journal the book when you get it.
3. If you can't finish this book in ~ 4 weeks, please let me know.
4. Make your Journal Entry.
5. PM the next person in line before you send it to make sure they are still interested in participating.
6. PM the next person in line after you have actually mailed the book.

Thank you!

Final shipping order:

tuff517 - Texas (intl ship OK) (MAILED August 18, 2006)
LyekkaMarengo - Pennsylvania
perryfran - Maryland (intl ship OK)
teuffi - UK (intl ship OK)
Sterile - UK (intl ship OK)
BellaMack - Australia (AUS only)

Journal Entry 6 by tuff517 from Elk Grove Village, Illinois USA on Thursday, August 24, 2006
Received today, will start right away!

Journal Entry 7 by tuff517 from Elk Grove Village, Illinois USA on Friday, September 8, 2006
I'm so glad I read this, such a powerful book. I've often though that fanatics, like 'Fadder', were a bit crazy, but that may be too strong a word. I think their beliefs are so strong that their logic bends to the ideal world that they seek to live in. The ending didn't shock me, but it was sad, as it was inevitable. I understood Charlie's hesitation in finding fault with his father's truth because then his world would've tilted. I've PM'd LyekkaMarengo for an address. Will ship out when I get it. Thanks for sharing!

Journal Entry 8 by tuff517 from Elk Grove Village, Illinois USA on Friday, September 8, 2006
Heading to LyekkaMarengo tomorrow!

Journal Entry 9 by LyekkaMarengo from Warriors Mark, Pennsylvania USA on Thursday, September 14, 2006
Received safe and sound in Central PA. Goes on the bookring pile which I think has 4 ahead.

Journal Entry 10 by wingperryfranwing from Elk Grove, California USA on Friday, October 20, 2006
Received in the mail today. Thanks GorgeousGlo for including me. I have enjoyed other Theroux novels and am looking forward to this. However, I have 4 other bookring books in front of this (they always come in bunches!). I hope to get to this in a few weeks.

Rather than hold this book up, I have decided to pass it on without reading --several other books in front of it. I will probably pick up a copy at the library when I get caught up on my other rings.

I contacted teuffi who would like to trade places on the ray list with Sterile. I will be mailing the book to Sterile on Monday - November 20.

Journal Entry 11 by Sterile from Burnley, Lancashire United Kingdom on Thursday, November 23, 2006
The book was received in the wintry UK this morning, Thank you for passing it on. A Couple of books before this but should get to it within the week. Noted the change of member list in the book and will pm Teuffi when finished.

Journal Entry 12 by Sterile from Burnley, Lancashire United Kingdom on Monday, December 4, 2006
This book unfortunately arrived in the middle of a few rings and boxes. It's always the way isn't it? You join up months apart and they all arrive within a week of each other! The book is going to travel on unread by myself because I can't hold it up any longer. I want to get the books out before the Christmas heave. I've been told that parcels get 're-routed' when Royal Mail goes under pressure at this time of year. I don't want this to be one of the lost ones so posting it out early.

2nd Class to Teuffi Monday 4th Decenber 2006

Journal Entry 13 by teuffi from Great Bookham, Surrey United Kingdom on Sunday, December 17, 2006
Thanks to GorgeousGlo for sharing the book and to Sterile for sending it! Looking forward to reading it!

Journal Entry 14 by teuffi from Great Bookham, Surrey United Kingdom on Thursday, March 1, 2007
Thanks so much for sharing this book, GorgeousGlo!

I really enjoyed this story, probably got too much into the story as I spent most of the time feeling like screaming at the father... :o) I think it is a good example that good intentions can lead to madness...

Thanks again for passing this book on, a great read!

Sent the book to BellaMack today.

Journal Entry 15 by BellaMack from St Helens, Tasmania Australia on Tuesday, March 6, 2007
Received today, will read asap and planning to include in an Australian bookbag later in the year , thanks teuffi for posting and GorgeousGlo for sharing :)

Journal Entry 16 by BellaMack at St Helens, Tasmania Australia on Saturday, November 29, 2008

Released 13 yrs ago (11/27/2008 UTC) at St Helens, Tasmania Australia



Need to clear space sadly so handing a couple of boxes of books to Sarahbear

Journal Entry 17 by sarahbear from St Helens, Tasmania Australia on Sunday, November 30, 2008
Received as part of a massive collection from bellamack.

Journal Entry 18 by sarahbear at St Helens Medical Centre in St Helens, Tasmania Australia on Saturday, December 6, 2008

Released 12 yrs ago (12/8/2008 UTC) at St Helens Medical Centre in St Helens, Tasmania Australia



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