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Old 05-12-2019, 11:41 AM   #6563 (permalink)
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Originally Posted by Mondo Bungle View Post
so mesmerizing

^ Big favourite in my family. There's an old movie of it too.
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Who likes, or rather, who doesn't like travel books? Paul Theroux is my favourite in this genre because he is so clever, critical, cultured and cruel. Wherever he goes, he is the prickly loner, the acute observer.

His verdict on the Spanish Riviera, the holiday destination of so many pasty Brits?

"The utterly blighted landscape of the Spanish coast.... a vile straggling sandbox....the rankness of this chain of grease-spots is beyond satire... but several aspects of this reeking vulgarity interested me."
Did you ever hear of having more than you wanted? So that you couldn’t want anything else and then started looking for something else to want? It seems like we’re always searching for something to satisfy us, and never finding it. - Susan Eloise Hinton, 1967
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