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Oks Ltd Couverture souple THE CONSUL'S FILE Achat Vente livre Parution pas cher Vite Dcouvrez THE CONSUL'S FILE ainsi ue les autres livres de au meilleur prix sur Cdiscount Livraison rapide The consul's file The consul's file By September The final story rounds everything off very neatlyInteresting set of fictional short stories set in Singapore and Malaysia during the seventies as told by an American consul stationed in the small village of Ayer Hitam during a two year tour of duty Please enter your nameThe E mail message field is reuired The Consul's File dev www penguincouk Award winning writer Paul Theroux takes us on a journey through small town Malaysia through the eyes of the exuberant Spencer Savage in his breathtaking novel The Consul's File Spencer Savage a young American consul is posted to Ayer Hitam a small Malaysian town in the s Told to close down this remote outpost in the sweltering jungle he instead finds himself drawn to the many The Consuls' Files Especially in parts of the world where rumors and 'fake news' abound the least we can do is keep our local friends fans and who cares who else as accurately informed as humanly possible Investigating and shining light on local phishing and other scams is not only fun but is also helpful and kind and will be remembered long after the current crises are over The Consul's File Theroux Paul Award winning writer Paul Theroux takes us on a journey through small town Malaysia through the eyes of the exuberant Spencer Savage in his breathtaking novel The Consul's File Spencer Savage a young American consul is posted to Ayer Hitam a small Malaysian town in the s Told to close down this remote outpost in the sweltering jungle he instead finds himself drawn to the many. A young and sensitive diplomat arrives at Ayer Hitam a remote Malaysian town in the heart of a dwindling rubber and palm plantation region with a brief to close the American Consulate there The book is the recounting of the diplomat s experiences opinions and findings about the place and its people The events that trigger the stories are nothing if not dramatic starting with his arrival meeting with a garrulous woman who turns out to be paranoid The narrator subseuently meets ghosts encounters murders of expats witnesses the blood chilling conseuences of black magic dysfunctional marriages a kidnapping attempt and other such sensational events He also meets people like him who despite the apparent differences in style and thinking gradually convince him about their similarity at the core Here I have in mind his meeting with Sundrum the only novelist from Ayer Hitam who wanted to be a coconut gatherer Ayer Hitam is the confluence of Malay Indian Chinese Tribal and expat cultures and the underlying tension born out of the one upmanship of different races is all too evident or at least that is what the writer makes it out to beThe narrator is introvertish keen on observing people and forming opinions on them He is distant and non committal in his social sphere But he is conscious of the impression he leaves on others about his bachelorhood about his role as a representative of US government and so on I know that a person who is single remembers it every day like a broken promise that dwindling inheritance he is neglecting to spend The married ones remind him of his condition children do too He feels called upon to apologize or explainand the words are loaded bachelor means ueer spinster means hagDespite his being utterly self conscious he is not inward looking he revels in observing people around him and making intelligent guesswork about their motives He writes I ve always been rather amused by novelists who write autobiographically the credulous self promotion the limited vision the display of style Other people s lives are so much interesting than one s own I am an unrepentant eavesdropper and I find anonymity a consolationAyar Hitem really comes alive through his sensitive eyes

Review The Consul's File

The Consul's File

S Told to close down this remote outpost in the sweltering jungle he instead finds himself drawn to the many The Consuls' Files Especially in parts of the world where rumors and 'fake news' abound the least we can do is keep our local friends fans and who cares who else as accurately informed as humanly possible Investigating and shining light on local phishing and other scams is not only fun but is also helpful and kind and will be remembered long after the current crises are over The Consul's File Theroux Paul Award winning writer Paul Theroux takes us on a journey through small town Malaysia through the eyes of the exuberant Spencer Savage in his breathtaking novel The Consul's File Spencer Savage a young American consul is posted to Ayer Hitam a small Malaysian town in the s Told to close down this remote outpost in the sweltering jungle he instead finds himself drawn to the many fr The Consul's File Theroux Paul Livres Not Retrouvez The Consul's File et des millions de livres en stock sur fr Achetez neuf ou d'occasion The Consul's File by Paul Theroux Goodreads Paul Theroux wrote The Consul's File in no doubt drawing from his experiences teaching in Singapore in the late s The stories are set in Ayer Hitam a remote Malaysian town in the heart of a dwindling rubber and palm plantation region I suspect he chose this area to deflect criticism of people he may have encountered in Singapore that served as models of the characters in the consul's story of The Consul's File ePub Paul Theroux Achat The Consul's File Paul Theroux Penguin Des milliers de livres avec la livraison chez vous en jour ou en magasin avec % de rduction The Consul's File AbeBooks The Consul's File de Theroux Paul sur AbeBooksfr ISBN X ISBN Penguin Bo. Paul Theroux The Consul s File Ballantine 1978I know of Theroux through his wonderfully minimal little horror tale The Black House seems most people know him for travel writing This is something of which I was previously unaware but I became well acuinted with it while reading this book a loose collection of stories about the life of an American consul sent to Ayer Hitam in Malaysia to close down the consulate there As a side note Ayer Hitam is now a forest preserve maintained by the University Putra Malaysia and dropping by UPM s website to take the photo tour lends a whole other perspective into reading this bookTheroux s hapless protagonist spends his time cataloguing the odd folks to be found in and passing through Ayer Hitam and Theroux s strength lies mostly in characterization The population of Ayer Hitam eual parts indigenous Tamil and Chinese with a smattering of British expatriates is the stories real focus and a number of them come to life in the stories dedicated to them Not terribly much actually goes on there but these aren t plot driven stories anywayGood stuff if you like character portraits but if you re looking for of a plot other Theroux works might be a better jumping off point

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Fr The Consul's File Theroux Paul Livres Not Retrouvez The Consul's File et des millions de livres en stock sur fr Achetez neuf ou d'occasion The Consul's File ePub Paul Theroux Achat The Consul's File Paul Theroux Penguin Des milliers de livres avec la livraison chez vous en jour ou en magasin avec % de rduction The Consul's File by Paul Theroux Goodreads Paul Theroux wrote The Consul's File in no doubt drawing from his experiences teaching in Singapore in the late s The stories are set in Ayer Hitam a remote Malaysian town in the heart of a dwindling rubber and palm plantation region I suspect he chose this area to deflect criticism of people he may have encountered in Singapore that served as models of the characters in the consul's story of THE CONSUL'S FILE Achat Vente livre Parution pas cher Vite Dcouvrez THE CONSUL'S FILE ainsi ue les autres livres de au meilleur prix sur Cdiscount Livraison rapide The consul's file livrenpochecom Acheter le livre The consul's file d'occasion par Paul Theroux Expdition sous h Livraison GratuiteVente de The consul's file pas cher The consul's file The consul's file By September The final story rounds everything off very neatlyInteresting set of fictional short stories set in Singapore and Malaysia during the seventies as told by an American consul stationed in the small village of Ayer Hitam during a two year tour of duty Please enter your nameThe E mail message field is reuired The Consul's File dev www penguincouk Award winning writer Paul Theroux takes us on a journey through small town Malaysia through the eyes of the exuberant Spencer Savage in his breathtaking novel The Consul's File Spencer Savage a young American consul is posted to Ayer Hitam a small Malaysian town in the. Superb collection of short stories set in the Malaysian town of Ayer Hitam in the rubber jungles of Johore Back in the 70s Paul Theroux spent a couple of years in the Far East around the time that the American military effort in Vietnam was collapsing in shame and acrimony Theroux was only 36 when he published this book but on this evidence he could have been mentioned in the same breath as Somerset Maugham and Joseph Conrad as a chronicler of the East had he been content to plough this particular furrow But that was never going to be Theroux s style so footloose was he that he eventually came to be known as the Anglosphere s foremost literary traveler In the meantime you have these short stories which in their attention to time and place are a memorial to a lost world The world of white planters who dealt in rubber and then palm who went in as the advance guard of colonial commerce and got left behind as so much sea wrack when the tide of empire retreated in the 60s and 70s Theroux is superb in his evocation of the heat and dust of the Malay tropics outlining this strange humid world in prose so taut that it ought to be taught to students of the short story as exemplars of economy and compression He has an unsentimental take on the anachronism that is planter society collecting each evening at the town s Club to drown its uiet desperation in copious uantities of whisky and gin Neither does he have any inclination to romanticize the natives Malay Tamil or Chinese although he is not beyond suggesting that there is some truth to ingrained racial stereotypes What we get instead is the gimlet eye of Theroux s unnamed bachelor diplomat honest and plain occasionally witty generally sparing in his judgment but speaking volumes between the lines There are acerbic portraits the Empire s orphans celebrating an imaginary white Christmas that they are never going to see in real life marital shenanigans of bored planter wives the arrival of upstart Japanese businessmen and American dropouts post Vietnam Theroux is not afraid to test his range hence we get ghost stories grisly murders even a nifty piece of detective fiction Four character sketches stood out for me even than most the American anthropologist who goes full blown native the two Tamils Rao and Sundrum the former a failed revolutionary the latter a failed writer and finally the abandoned Chinese girl Nina in the story Triad Entertaining piercing unsettling in eual measure At the end of his two year stint the consul writes a valedictory note coming to the conclusion that perhaps there is no there there after all He points his finger suarely at wrinkly old Willie Maugham for creating a fantasy fictional universe that the mundane reality of Malaya is forever trying to catch up to As Anthony Burgess said in his NYT review Theroux nailed the reality instead


10 thoughts on “The Consul's File

  1. says:

    The new American Consul arrives in Ayer Hitam Malaysia and immediately finds the expats are a mixed bunch Initially I though

  2. says:

    Superb collection of short stories set in the Malaysian town of Ayer Hitam in the rubber jungles of Johore Back in the 70s Paul Theroux spent a couple of years in the Far East around the time that the American mil

  3. says:

    Wow my opinion of this book is imp

  4. says:

    Paul Theroux The Consul's File Ballantine 1978I know of Theroux through his wonderfully minimal little horror tale The Black House; seems most people know him for travel writing This is something of which I was pre

  5. says:

    Linked short stories not my cup of tea As an Asian I could not relate to any of the stereotypes that was mentioned in this book

  6. says:

    This is a story book; every chapter a different anecdote on South East Asian life as an expat It holds different writing styles; horror romance travel satire Each is compelling relaying a deeper message than the story itself It can be read as

  7. says:

    A young and sensitive diplomat arrives at Ayer Hitam a remote Malaysian town in the heart of a dwindling rubber and palm p

  8. says:

    Paul Theroux wrote The Consul's File in 1972 no doubt drawing from his experiences teaching in Singapore in the late 60s The stories are set in Ayer Hitam a remote Malaysian town in the heart of a dwindling rubber and palm plantation region I suspect he chose this area to deflect criticism of people he may have encountered in Singa

  9. says:

    Cannot be compared to the experts in this genre of colonial fiction namely Maugham for short stories and Orwell f

  10. says:

    Wavering at the 35 mark This book's made up of a series of colonialist vignettes At times I couldn't believe th

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