Kingdom by the Sea (Essential Modern Classics) (Collins Modern Classics)
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As for the English, I could spot his hidden affection for them, but he drowns it in his biting observations. The chapters on the Troubles in Northern Ireland and on Scotland make up for the general negativity Thoreaux has about England, some of which is due to the recession and high unemployment in the early 1980s. It was both interesting and often humorous to hear what Paul thought of various places within the UK, its people included. Westfall built it up so high with this shiny possible new life and then pulled it right out from under you. He doesn't try to lead the reader with absolutes, but plays the events and themes with ambiguities, particularly the ending - the supposed 'happy' ending unable to be just that after everything Harry's experienced.
It was 1982, the summer of the Falklands War, the ideal time, he found, to surprise the British into talking about themselves. He is travelling at the time of the Falkland’s War (‘this Falkland’s business’ as the people he meets are wont to say). More a snapshot of Britain in 1982 than travel book strictly about a place, but also some great general travel insights along the way too. Paul Theroux kann man zugute halten, dass er während seiner Arbeit als Reiseschriftsteller schon viele fremde Orte und deren Einwohner kennen lernt und deshalb daheim Ruhe haben will. We also use them to help detect unauthorized access or activity that violate our terms of service, as well as to analyze site traffic and performance for our own site improvement efforts.Another pleasure is to tick off things that are still very much a feature of life in these islands and those which are gone, probably forever. The boy's struggle for survival, and the relationships he builds during his travels are wonderfully written and very touching. I've read two other books covering much of the same route and Theroux blew them away and had me looking up towns and tracing his route. Also, and I hope, meaningfully and purposefully, the harshest criticisms and most bile is reserved for the English.
In the Scottish city of Aberdeen, he finds the oil industry almost entirely manned by young single men with no hobbies. He is also a lover of rail travel and did not like the fact that the British rail service was shrinking even while he was making this trip.
One suggestion I'd make for the publisher is to add a map showing his route -- as it was I was constantly googling the names of towns to figure out where Theroux was in his journey.
He should be hearing their footsteps any second now, the patter of Mam’s shoes and the crunch of Dad’s hobnailed boots.It's just tedious -- a hundred pages in, and you may be wondering why this grey misanthrope even gets out of bed in the morning but you're still not interested in his martyred quest around the British coastline.
But the moment he turned his steps towards home, the truth came back to him; the burning pile of bricks. It seemed very similar to Westall's "Blitzcat" because both have protagonists who go traveling around England meeting various strangers along the way.