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Author: Paul Theroux
ISBN13: 978-0618265152
Title: The Stranger at the Palazzo D'Oro: And Other Stories
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Language: English
Category: Short Stories and Anthologies
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin; First Edition edition (January 12, 2004)
Pages: 296

The Stranger at the Palazzo D'Oro: And Other Stories by Paul Theroux

Home Paul Theroux The Stranger at the Palazzo D'Oro. The Stranger at the Palazzo D'Oro, . 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28. Table of Contents. For information about permission to reproduce selections from this book, write to Permissions, Houghton Mifflin Company, 215 Park Avenue South, New York, New York 10003. Visit our Web site: ww. .The stranger at the Palazzo d’Oro and other stories, Paul Theroux. Or the stories may not be bizarre, but numerous and various, for the same reason. This is one ritual of creation. As I say, this is my only story.

I have encountered Theroux's non-fiction work in "Sunrise with Seamonsters" previously, and this way was my first bite into his fictional works. Paul Theroux manages to express in his clever stories every hue from the most delicate pastel to the intensely garish. The Stranger at the Palazzo D'Oro is intriguing. Definitely recommended. The other stories fared better. It's an uneven collection, but many readers will find some strange sort of solace in these odd, often beautifully rendered, pieces.

Filled with Theroux's typically effortless but devastating descriptions of people and places, The Stranger at the Palazzo d'Oro is a brilliant portrayal of aging and decay, a shocking tale of sensuality in a golden age. The thrill and risk of pursuit and desire mark the accompanying stories of the sexual awakening and rites of passage of a Boston boyhood, the ruin of a writer in Africa, and the bewitchment of a retiree in Hawaii. This is Paul Theroux at his most allusive and wise, writing with a deep understanding of the frailties of men and boys. Rate it . You Rated it .

Publication date 2004. Publisher Boston : Houghton Mifflin. Collection inlibrary; printdisabled; ; china. Digitizing sponsor Internet Archive. Contributor Internet Archive. The stranger at the Palazzo d'Oro - A judas memoir - Pup tent - Seeing Truman - Scouting for boys - An African story - Disheveled nymphs. Books for People with Print Disabilities. Internet Archive Books. t on September 20, 2011.

Although the other stories in this volume eschew the crudely voyeuristic tone of "Palazzo," they, too, are seriously flawed, redeemed only by Mr. Theroux's unerring sense of place and his ability to conjure worlds distant in geography or time ) (T)his volume as a whole has a hasty, self-conscious air to it, a tendency to turn subsidiary characters - particularly the women - into predictable and unsympathetic stereotypes, and a penchant for substituting cheap, sensationalistic set pieces for purposeful, revelatory storytelling. The tone of the stories in The Stranger at the Palazzo d'Oro is clinical at fatalistic. making it difficult for the reader to experience much engagement with the characters. Rather, each narrative is sustained by the suspense inherent in sexual pursuit (perhaps especially when we know it will end miserably) and, oddly, by Theroux's use of stereotype to sketch the more minor players.

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A collection of short stories by the acclaimed author of The Mosquito Coast and Hotel Honolulu deals with the themes of lust, sensuality, and rites of passage as a sixty-year-old man recalls a long ago affair with a countess, a young boy walks in on a woman and her lover, and a retired lawyer in Hawaii fantasizes about his housekeepers. 20,000 first printing.
Reviews: 7
I am a Theroux "completist" which is why I ordered this rather obscure collection of stories. I am used to the sometimes uncomfortable prose he uses, especially on erotic subjects; that is the common theme of these four pieces. That said, I considered the title piece overly showoffish and its premise implausible. The final piece was a bit on the throwaway side as well, leaving the middle - a tale of a South African writer undone by his libido, and an account of some adolescent boys' intros to sexual experiences both good and bad; both VERY edgy in places but fine writing in my judgment.
I've always been a Paul Theroux fan so I found his latest fiction, THE STRANGER AT THE PALAZZO D'ORO, interesting for a couple of reasons:

The first is that we're reading about a 60-year-old man dealing with desire through his own life and the lives of others. Whether it's an aging countess from his own past or the ridiculous or tragic friends dealing with their own much-younger lovers, it was fascinating for me to read about people still grappling with lust, love and loss at a point in their lives when they should've figured that all out by now.

Perhaps that was Theroux's point: our own hearts will always remain a mystery no matter far we go or how much we see.

How much of this book reflects Theroux's own life?

That was the other reason I found this book so enjoyable: the first two novellas felt full of details from his own youth and I caught glimpses of incidents that would turn up in his earlier novels.

The countess in the first novella reminded me of the "patroness" from MY SECRET HISTORY. The boys plotting their revenge in the second novella reminded me of the comically-absurd caper of MURDER IN MOUNT HOLLY. The girl relieving herself outside of the boy's tent flashed me back to the "mutant" girl in the bathtub in O-ZONE.

Ultimately, I felt like I was listening to not only a great storyteller but also an elder trying to pass something on.

And it might be a warning.
Dead Samurai
Paul Theroux is a master at both physical descriptions and psychological portraits. Whatever location he describes, he makes me want to go there and experience the same sights and smells. He also has a sense for mystery and drama and writes compelling stories. If you liked the Mosquito Coast, you'll enjoy this collection of stories.
These stories are full of mystery and sensuality. Theroux tackles the subject of sex in a way I haven't seen perhaps since Henry Miller. Don't miss this collection. It is so engaging that one might easily lose track of time reading it. These are novellas but are so well written and concise that they feel like much shorter works.
All of The Stranger at the Palazzo d'Oro is fine, but the title story is superb: this is great American literature composed by one of the best artists in America.
This is a strange collection by Paul Theroux: two stories of novella length and two shorter ones. The cover would have you believe that the common thread is Theroux' sense of locale, and indeed all four tales fit perfectly into their settings. But only the title story, a true novella, at all reflects the author's other métier as a travel writer; the setting is Taormina in Sicily, and the main characters are tourists. The second, "A Judas Memoir," is really a set of four linked stories, set in Boston in the fifties. The first standalone piece, "An African Story," is totally rooted in pre-Apartheid South Africa, but it is the mindset that matters rather than the physical setting. And while the final tale, "Disheveled Nymphs," is split between Hawaii and Las Vegas, it is the Strip that drops the jaw of this habitual traveler, not the Pacific islands where in fact Theroux has a home.

No, the deeper connections are power and sex -- sex as the expression of power. "An African Story," arguably the strongest in the volume, might almost have been written by the JM Coetzee of DISGRACE, with a touch of the later postmodernist thrown in. After years of writing bizarre short stories dealing symbolically with race, writer Lourens Prinzloo decides to live one of his stories in the flesh, and embarks on a relationship with an African woman. The bondage games that become part of their sexual play reflect the racial bondage in the real world -- but, as in the real world, the tables are soon turned. "Disheveled Nymphs," about a bored millionaire's lust for his mother-and-daughter housekeepers, tells a similar tale of sex and power, but from the perspective of wry comedy.

Power is very much the subtext of the title novella, and its sex scenes are as explicit as they come. This story of an American art student who is taken up by German Countess in a Sicilian luxury hotel reads a bit like an Italian movie of the fifties, but elements may be familiar to any of us who hitch-hiked round Europe in those years. And it also resonates as a Faustian fable of the parasitic nature of art, that can degrade as well as ennoble those involved in it.

"A Judas Memoir" is in many respects the odd man out, since its protagonist is a middle-school boy, its sex the awkward discoveries of those years, and its power that wielded by an authoritarian Catholic Church, whether through a priest's threats of hellfire, or a clip on the ear from a whiskered nun. But in the last of its stories, "Scouting for Boys," the various forces come together. What starts as the crude talk of pubescent boys making up with their mouths what they lack in experience turns into an encounter with a sexual predator who is unfortunately very real.