Enjoyed this one. Paul Theroux has written so many books covering so many topics it’s a bit difficult to really place him in any one category. If I had to might be travel but then again that isn’t the perfect fit. I once sat on a beach somewhere and watched him write. Yellow legal pad, pen, chair in the water. I thought “That kinda looks like Paul Theroux.” Then later I was told by a local, “Yep, that’s him.”
India is on my list but ONLY when I have real-time. Like several weeks. I’ve been invited to teach in India at least three times but each trip was less than three weeks and that wasn’t what I was looking for. In one case it was less than a week. Crazy. Elephanta Suite has a dark side, but it’s the side we all share and one that we all see and hear. Some of us have learned to deflect, bury, and ignore. Theroux makes you revisit then contemplate how close to home these stories are. If you like India, if you like to travel, or if you like reading about the stress fractures of human life then this baby is for you.