Award-winning writer Paul Theroux explores the darker underside of the community of expatriates in South-East Asia in his compelling and strikingly honest novel "Saint Jack". Jack Flowers, saint or sinner, caught a passing bumboat into Singapore and got a job as a water-clerk to a Chinese ship chandler. Now, on the side, he offers girls (indeed ...
Award-winning writer Paul Theroux explores the darker underside of the community of expatriates in South-East Asia in his compelling and strikingly honest novel "Saint Jack". Jack Flowers, saint or sinner, caught a passing bumboat into Singapore and got a job as a water-clerk to a Chinese ship chandler. Now, on the side, he offers girls (indeed 'anything, anything at all') to tourists, sailors, residents and expatriates, but he is haunted by his lack of worldly success and his fifty-three years weight heavily on him. So when he agrees to act as blackmailer for the faintly sinister American Edwin Shuck in a plot against a general from Vietnam, he has high, not to mention wild, hopes of triumph. These are the outrageous confessions of an ingenious conman in the seedy and unforgettable world of expatriates amidst imperial ruins. "A witty, subtle, often moving self-portrait of a memorable rogue". ("Observer"). "Theroux's prose it rich, his perceptions so many-layered, he involves us in a world that extends well beyond the physical limits of his novel". ("The Times"). American travel writer Paul Theroux is known for the rich descriptions of people and places that is often streaked with his distinctive sense of irony; his novels and collected short stories, "My Other Life", "The Collected Stories", "My Secret History", "The Lower River", "The Stranger at the Palazzo d'Oro", "A Dead Hand", "Millroy the Magician", "The Elephanta Suite", "The Consul's File", "The Family Arsenal", "The Mosquito Coast", and his works of non-fiction, including the iconic "The Great Railway Bazaar" are available from Penguin.
Fair in Good dust jacket. 0370014804. 251 pages. Blue cloth covers with gilt lettering on spine. Ex-library. Library stamps and markings. Adhesive tape stains on boards. Adhesive tape stains on dust wrapper. 1/2" tears in edges of dust wrapper. Rubbing and creasing to dust wrapper. 3" surface chipping along tail margin of front panel of dust wrapper. Pen marks on dust wrapper spine near the "X" in "Theroux". Dust wrapper is not price-clipped. Dust wrapper now in archival mylar cover.; Ex-Library; 8vo.
Very Good-in Fair dust jacket. 0370014804. Large 6" tear with yellowing adhesive tape repair to rear panel of dust wrapper. Dust wrapper protected in archival mylar cover.; First U. K edition. (251) pages. Blue papered boards with gilt lettering on spine. Page dimensions: 196mm x 121mm. "Jack Flowers, saint or sinner, found a new lease of life when he jumped off the Allegro in the Straits of Malacca, caught a passing bumboat to Singapore and got a job as a water-clerk to a Chinese ship-chandler. Soon he executed a brilliant idea, which resulted in his fame throughout the Far East-in a storm he sailed a boatload of bar-girls out to a freighter, where they spent the day with the lonely sailors."-from the dust wrapper blurb.; 8vo.
Alibris, the Alibris logo, and Alibris.com are registered trademarks of Alibris, Inc.
Copyright in bibliographic data and cover images is held by Nielsen Book Services Limited, Baker & Taylor, Inc., or by their respective licensors, or by the publishers, or by their respective licensors. For personal use only. All rights reserved. All rights in images of books or other publications are reserved by the original copyright holders.