Mr. Bones: Twenty Stories

By Paul Theroux

“Suave and comprehensive . . . [The tales] are unsettling, proof against tidy denouement and faintly misanthropic.” — Washington Post
 
“Beneath the misleading attractiveness of those tales, land mines lurk, and Theroux detonates them with gusto.” — O, the Oprah Magazine

 
A relations watches their patriarch rework into the making a song, wisecracking lead of an old-timey minstrel express. An paintings collector publicly destroys his most useful items. boys stand by means of as their father wages struggle at the raccoons residing below their condominium. during this new assortment, acclaimed writer Paul Theroux exhibits us humanity possessed, fed on via compulsive wish, constantly along with his rigorously honed eye for element and the sophisticated idiosyncrasies that carry his characters to lifestyles. Searing, darkish, and certain to unsettle, Mr. Bones is a gorgeous show of Theroux’s “fluent, faintly sinister powers of imaginative and prescient and mind's eye” (The New Yorker).
 
“Fans of Theroux’s fiction can be happy to watch, within the twenty tales gathered in Mr. Bones, transparent proof of the way little he has mellowed over the years . . . Mr. Bones is a chain of generally darkish and sharply centred snapshots from the area that Paul Theroux has observed—and invented.”  — Francine Prose, New York instances booklet Review

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