Jungle Lovers

Jungle Lovers

Paul Theroux / Mar 31, 2020

Jungle Lovers Calvin Mullett of Homemakers Mutual Insurance is taken prisoner by Marais a messianic white revolutionary in a tiny Central African republic Unable to sell a policy to Marais Calvin joins Marais mer

  • Title: Jungle Lovers
  • Author: Paul Theroux
  • ISBN: 9780804105187
  • Page: 347
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Calvin Mullett of Homemakers Mutual Insurance is taken prisoner by Marais, a messianic white revolutionary in a tiny Central African republic Unable to sell a policy to Marais, Calvin joins Marais merry band of mercenaries until a fictious diary is stolen, and he is drawn into an explosion of violence An audacious novel from the author of Riding the Iron Rooster.

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    About "Paul Theroux"

      • Paul Theroux

        Paul Edward Theroux is an American travel writer and novelist, whose best known work is The Great Railway Bazaar 1975 , a travelogue about a trip he made by train from Great Britain through Western and Eastern Europe, the Middle East, through South Asia, then South East Asia, up through East Asia, as far east as Japan, and then back across Russia to his point of origin Although perhaps best known as a travel writer, Theroux has also published numerous works of fiction, some of which were made into feature films He was awarded the 1981 James Tait Black Memorial Prize for his novel The Mosquito Coast.


    1. Set in 1970's Malawi, in Southern Africa, this is the story of two white men. Calvin Mullet is a young American insurance agent, trying to better the life of normal Africans by selling them life insurance. Divorced, yet still full of hope for Malawi, Calvin lives in a brothel and pays premiums for people who can't keep up their payments.Marais is a foreign terrorist, specialised in bombs, in a guerilla army intent on overthrowing the government of the country. He doesn't want to be the leader, b [...]

    2. Grabbed this, as well as V. S. Naipaul's In a Free State, to read while traveling not knowing how similar their settings (as well as their 1971 publication date) would be: newly independent African states in the 1960s beset by internal rebellions witnessed by outsider whites, in this case an American insurance agent building (for a while) a business in Malawi, and two British ex-colonials in a Uganda-like country in Naipaul’s title piece. While Naipaul's two Brits observe a downtrodden country [...]

    3. This one of Theroux's early works, and doesn't match his later output through his long and successful career. I had a special interest in the subject matter (or location to be more precise), having had am amazing time in Malawi for a while, but that didn't rescue it. I would take Theroux's 'Mosquito Coast' any day, in fact most of his travel output too.

    4. Not the best work Ive read by Theroux. In fact I think he is definitely better​ at travel writing. However, there are some good passages on Malawi, the descriptions of the country, the jungle, the poverty, the hopelessness of the times anticipate his future writing.

    5. An early work, this book has shades of Graham Greene about it and puts down many of the tropes that follow Theroux through his successful career. It doesn't quite hang together in my opinion though. I enjoyed it as a fan and for the signs it offers of what is to come.

    6. The book was ok but the ending didn't resolve many issuesor perhaps it was meant to convey a sense of hopelessness.

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