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The Mosquito Coast

The Mosquito Coast - Paul Theroux


I didn’t enjoy this book at all.

On the face of it, it should have been fascinating. A cautionary tale of one man’s obsession and descent into madness as he tries to build a utopia in the middle of the Honduran jungle. A commentary on those who would re-fashion society based on idealism, whilst still subject to the human flaws of narcissism and hunger for power. But I found myself making constant excuses to put the book down. I read other things in between. It was like watching a train wreck, only I couldn’t force myself to care what happened to Allie Fox or his poor family. When I finally finished, I lost no time in returning the book to the library and moving on as quickly as possible.

I originally gave this 2 stars because it IS well-written, but on reflection I dropped my rating because I honestly didn’t like it.