Hotel Honolulu

Hotel Honolulu

Book - 2001
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Welcome to the Hotel Honolulu, a down-at-the-heels tourist place that's two blocks from the beach on a back street in Waikiki, where middle America stays and dreams.
Like the Canterbury pilgrims, every guest in this eighty-room hotel has come in search of something -- sun, love, happiness, unnamable longing -- and everyone has a story. Honeymooners, vacationers, wanderers, mythomaniacs, soldiers, and families all land at the Hotel Honolulu. But the hotel is as suited to being a crime scene as a love nest. Fortunately, our keen-eyed narrator, a writer down on his luck, is there to relate all the comings and goings. He's lost money, friends, house, and family, and he has no experience running a hotel. But all that doesn't stop Buddy, the bloated, boozy hotel owner -- the last of a dying breed -- from signing him on as manager. It isn't long before the hotel expands to encompass the narrator's whole world. His original plan of escape from a life of the mind becomes something altogether different: a way to return to the world he left, the world of imagined life.
No one but Paul Theroux could write this romp of a book, with its acutely drawn characters and canny insights into a place that is often viewed as a simple island paradise. In this unforgettable novel, Theroux shows us a funny, languid, louche floating world, island style. This is the essence of Hawaii as it has never been depicted, and it is also the heart of America.
Publisher: Boston : Houghton Mifflin, 2001.
ISBN: 9780618095018
Branch Call Number: THEROUX
Characteristics: 424 pages ; 24 cm.


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Nov 09, 2017

This tale of weird characters and women who just cannot think for themselves is typical of a man who is not comfortable with women. Ugliness abounds in this coming of age novel about an emasculated man who obviously cannot write anymore (said novel illustrates this well) hitting a midlife crisis in his fanciful little masterbatory world of Hotel Honolulu. Proudly so. Give it a miss. Like all his other novels, he uses the reader to unload regret and general ugliness which no person would have to listen to in person, let alone read about. He's gross.

Feb 18, 2013

recommended by Linda T


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