My Other Life – Paul Theroux

Erenst Hemingway

This book was given to me by the owner of Rio Chirripo Mountain Retreat ( in Costa Rica. Thanks Frank! I started reading it in Guatemala and – despite the fact that it is hard to put down – it lasted me through to Mexico City and I finally finished reading it back home in Spain. It is said to be a novel and Theroux makes no claim that there is much of the autobiography in it at all. However, any regular readers of Theroux (either his great travel books or – to my mind – his even better novels) will recognise so much in it that you would have to guess that it is at least 80% autobiography. But a life like Paul Theroux’s is always sure to be engrossing anyway and it might even be said that some of the real situations he has been in might actually be MORE bizarre than any fiction. A great book and a perfect travelling read.

I left this book at the beach in Zarautz, Basque Country, Spain…hope a Theroux fan picked it up and helped it on its way…


Kitbaggers book project – travel literature on speed.

Have you ever handled a classic paperback and wondered where it’s been and whose hands it passed through? Do you love the well-handled look of a book that’s obviously seen decades of serious mileage through places you might only have imagined?

This project was conceived long ago through a conversation (in San Jose, Costa Rica) between a group of friends who’d wondered about these same things and thought it would be interesting to try to trace the history of just a few random books that we read on the road.

More than just a review – this is also the story of a single adventurous copy that’s probably still out there touring the world somewhere. Let us know if you find it.

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