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Under the Wave at Waimea by Paul Theroux review – death, drugs and board games – The Guardian

A car accident knocks a sixtysomething surfer’s life off balance in the veteran travel writer and novelist’s intricate page-turner



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Paul Theroux, who has averaged roughly a book a year since 1967 and who turned 80 last month, isnt slowing down. Not for him the approach of Saul Bellow or Philip Roth, whose fiction dwindled into novellas before stopping entirely. Therouxs new novel is a full-fat epic, inspired by his adopted home of Hawaii (he divides his time between there and Cape Cod: must be rather tiring, to quote Basil Fawlty).
This is the story of champion surfer Joe Sharkey, to whom surfing is a dance on water not a sport…

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