Paradise

Paradise

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Baker & Taylor
The author recounts his 1999 odyssey to Tahiti and the South Seas Islands, a journey he took in response to his dying mother's revelations about her marriage, relationship with his father, and life against the harsh, violent landscape of west Texas.

Blackwell North Amer
In 1999 Larry McMurtry, whose wanderlust had been previously restricted to the roads of America, set off for a trip to the paradise of Tahiti and the South Sea Islands in an old-fashioned tub of a cruise boat, at a time when his mother was slipping toward a paradise of her own. Opening up to her son in her final days, his mother makes a stunning revelation of a previous marriage and sends McMurtry on a journey of an entirely different kind.
McMurtry paints a portrait of his parents' marriage against the harsh, violent landscape of west Texas. It is their roots - laced with overtones of hard work, bitter disappointment, and the Puritan ethic - that McMurtry challenges by traveling to Tahiti, a land of lush sensuality and easy living. With fascinating detail, shrewd observations, humorous pathos, and unforgettable characters, he begins to answer some of the questions of what paradise is, whether it exists, and how different it is from life in his hometown of Archer City, Texas.

Baker
& Taylor

The Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Lonesome Dove recounts his 1999 odyssey to Tahiti and the South Seas Islands, a journey he took in response to his dying mother's revelations about her marriage, relationship with his father, and life against the harsh, violent landscape of west Texas. 75,000 first printing.

Simon and Schuster
At once an inviting travel book and an insightful reflection on his parents' marriage, Paradise is Larry McMurtry's most original and personal work to date. In 1999, Larry McMurtry, whose wanderlust had been previously restricted to the roads of America, set off for a trip to the paradise of Tahiti and the South Sea Islands in an old-fashioned tub of a cruise boat, at a time when his mother was slipping toward a paradise of her own. Opening up to her son in her final days, his mother makes a stunning revelation of a previous marriage and sends McMurtry on a journey of an entirely different kind. Vividly, movingly, and with infinite care, McMurtry paints a portrait of his parents' marriage against the harsh, violent landscape of west Texas. It is their roots -- laced with overtones of hard work, bitter disappointment, and the Puritan ethic -- that McMurtry challenges by traveling to Tahiti, a land of lush sensuality and easy living. With fascinating detail, shrewd observations, humorous pathos, and unforgettable characters, he begins to answer some of the questions of what paradise is, whether it exists, and how different it is from life in his hometown of Archer City, Texas. Filled with moments as strong and moving as any found in his novels, Paradise is a penetrating look at life and love from one of America's most beloved writers.

Publisher: New York : Simon & Schuster, c2001
ISBN: 9780743215657
0743215656
Branch Call Number: B MCM
Characteristics: 159 p. ; 23 cm

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FindingJane Feb 25, 2016

This book left me cold emotionally. As the previous owner stated, Mr. McMurtry uses his sojourn among the Tahitian islands to explore his father and mother's relationship with each other. However, Texas and Tahiti are worlds apart socially, culturally and emotionally. When reminiscences of his parents make appearances in his cataloging of his trip, they are as awkward and clumsy as the tourists making their way from one island to another. However, his trip through the islands and his musings on French colonialism and the influence of such diverse characters as Gauguin, Brel and Captain Cook, et al., are engaging enough if told in a rather sparse style. His memories of the islands are detailed enough to provide an interesting travelogue to the curious tourist. I decided to release this book because it seems Mr. McMurtry isn't going to be one of my favorite authors.

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