This was a nice and decent read with an interesting setting of Malaysia The lead character is a US Consulate with a relatively dry sense of humour and observant eye Some interesting short stories about the varied community living close by. This is a story book every chapter a different anecdote on South East Asian life as an expat It holds different writing styles horror, romance, travel, satire Each is compelling, relaying a deeper message than the story itself It can be read as a portrayal of human character and of a parable of universal dreams and flaws The writing is very fluid and pleasant Theroux doesn t spoon feed you his message, the reader is left to draw her own conclusions. I loved the last chapter, it s an essay about traveling, life and writing in general. Ebook, The Consul S File Author Paul Theroux This Is Very Good And Becomes The Main Topic To Read, The Readers Are Very Takjup And Always Take Inspiration From The Contents Of The Book The Consul S File, Essay By Paul Theroux Is Now On Our Website And You Can Download It By Register What Are You Waiting For Please read And Make A Refission For [ read Online The Consul's File ✓ disability-studies PDF ] by Paul Theroux ☆ You Linked short stories not my cup of tea As an Asian I could not relate to any of the stereotypes that was mentioned in this book. · The Consul's File ¶ Paul Theroux wrote The Consul s File in 1972, no doubt drawing from his experiences teaching in Singapore in the late 60s The stories are set in Ayer Hitam, a remote Malaysian town in the heart of a dwindling rubber and palm plantation region I suspect he chose this area to deflect criticism of people he may have encountered in Singapore that served as models of the characters in the consul s story of people he met there I see this novel with a central character the stand in for the author recounting stories of people he has met in a particular place is one that he would reuse to great effect again in Hotel Honolulu I think this character allowed Theroux to give his impression of SE Asia at that time, for example He was what some people called a reactionary he was brutal and blind, his fun was beer It had swollen his little body and made him grotesque, A young and sensitive diplomat arrives at Ayer Hitam, a remote Malaysian town in the heart of a dwindling rubber and palm plantation region, with a brief to close the American Consulate there The book is the recounting of the diplomat s experiences, opinions and findings about the place and its people The events that trigger the stories are nothing if not dramatic, starting with his arrival meeting with a garrulous woman, who turns out to be paranoid The narrator subsequently meets ghosts, encounters murders of expats, witnesses the blood chilling consequences of black magic, dysfunctional marriages, a kidnapping attempt and other such sensational events He also meets people like him, who despite the apparent differences in style and thinking, gradually convince him about thei Cannot be compared to the experts in this genre of colonial fiction, namely Maugham for short stories, and Orwell for capturing so well the atmosphere of the British Raj in Burma Perhaps comparable is Anthony Burgess s Malayan trilogy, for covering the same locality and period with it s multi ethnic cast of characters, except Theroux s stories do not follow any plot line, just a collection of the protagonist s experiences over 2 years as a diplomat based in a small town in 1970s Peninsular Malaysia. The stories themselves were a mixed bag, ranging from the supernatural and mythic to murder mystery and daily life at the expatriate club house Nothing terribly exciting but well crafted short fiction nonetheless, suitable for a Loved this when I first read it so many years ago Was afraid it wouldn t live up to those memories but it does, it really does Almost a collection of short stories with a unifying theme, wonderfully written.
Wow, my opinion of this book is improved Not that it was bad before, but in the first few stories in this collection I had detected too much of a Graham Greene influence and too many of the stories or ideas for them seemed to be in self conscious homage to Somerset Maugham s Far East stories. By the time I got than a couple of stories into the collection I began to appreciate the unique qualities of Theorux s writing This is worthy of at least a paper length discussion, but Theroux s style is understated and unassuming At first he seems deceptively transparent, rather simple, and his style is so natural it seems pretty much unadorned. But there is a post Vietnam ethos in these postcolonial tales of the Far East that is anything but simple There is also a unique American literary quality to the writing which sets it apart from the work of Greene and Maugham wh Paul Theroux, The Consul s File Ballantine, 1978 I know of Theroux through his wonderfully minimal little horror tale The Black House seems most people know him for travel writing This is something of which I was previously unaware, but I became well acquinted with it while reading this book, a loose collection of stories about the life of an American consul sent to Ayer Hitam in Malaysia to close down the consulate there As a side note, Ayer Hitam is now a forest preserve maintained by the University Putra Malaysia, and dropping by UPM s website to take the photo tour lends a whole other perspective into reading this book Theroux s hapless protagonist spends his time cataloguing the odd folks to be found in and passing through Ayer Hitam, and Theroux s strength lies mostly in characterization The population of Ayer Hitam equal parts indigenous, Tamil, and Chinese, with
Paul Edward Theroux is an American travel writer and novelist, whose best known work is The Great Railway Bazaar 1975 , a travelogue about a trip he made by train from Great Britain through Western and Eastern Europe, the Middle East, through South Asia, then South East Asia, up through East Asia, as far east as Japan, and then back across Russia to his point of origin Although perhaps best know