Kingdom by the Sea (Essential Modern Classics) (Collins Modern Classics)

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Kingdom by the Sea (Essential Modern Classics) (Collins Modern Classics)

Kingdom by the Sea (Essential Modern Classics) (Collins Modern Classics)

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Shyness made them tolerant, but it also gave them a grudge against foreigners, whom they regarded as boomers and show-offs.

He describes how the driver stops frequently to deliver items like milk and newspapers to isolated houses.Summary: Beautifully written, gloomy, depressive and funny at the same time, this exploration of coastal UK at the time of the Falkland War as a metaphor for a crumbling empire is now a travel classic. And check this out--after his fight with the sea itself, which he wins (gets himself and his dog safe into the tower), it says: “The very air he breathed was full of salty spray, so that he breathed a mixture of air and water, half boy, half fish.

People who know, even very perfunctorily, the locations Theroux is visiting will enjoy The Kingdom by the Sea much more: half of the pleasure of reading it is stomping your feet and shouting bloody idiot, it's not like that AT ALL at the book. Harry's adventure along the coast is fraught with challenge after challenge, and it seems that everyone he meets is two shades shy of normal. You read one book about China and you think you've got a good idea of the place; you read twenty books about Britain, even English Traits and Rural Rides, and you know you haven't got the slightest.I was surprised how many parts of coast he described I actually did visit or even lived on at least for a short time myself.

I really enjoyed this book, particularly because you can compare the Britain that Theroux experienced in the 80s to what Britain is like today. Cumbrian shepherd Ralph Edwards disturbs the hidden grave of an extraterrestrial and thereby involves his village in the last stages of an interplanetary war. Looking around the house he sees there is a note left by a family, telling him to enjoy his stay, however long it was.

He goes on and on about the ruined cities, which he tried to avoid, and the death of the British railway system (I thought he was walking everywhere? At the end of the novel Harry finds his parents and they get angry at him for leaving the town that got bombed. The book has many themes loss, survival, relationships, nature and all are dealt with sensitively and wisely.

He lay relaxed; as he remembered lying relaxed in his pram when he was little and watching the leaves of trees blowing, whispering and sunlit overhead. Nobody in their right mind reads Theroux for factual information, historical background or statistics.His novels include The Lower River and The Mosquito Coast, and his renowned travel books include Ghost Train to the Eastern Star and Dark Star Safari. When Harry's family goes missing in a air raid, he decides to set out on his own instead of going into foster care or with relatives. In some trivial ways it was, but to an alien it seemed entirely irregular and unpredictable, changing from day to day. At odds with the otherwise genial storytelling are scenes in which a sadistic homosexual corporal attempts to molest Harry. We ask experts to recommend the five best books in their subject and explain their selection in an interview.

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