Blinding Light

by Paul Theroux | Literature & Fiction |
ISBN: 014101573x Global Overview for this book
Registered by mrbaggins1 of Johannesburg, Gauteng South Africa on 12/29/2008
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6 journalers for this copy...
Journal Entry 1 by mrbaggins1 from Johannesburg, Gauteng South Africa on Monday, December 29, 2008
"On a trip to Ecuador with his girlfriend Ava, Slade takes a drug that makes him temporarily blind, which unlocks the creativity he has been searching for..."

Since I joined bookcrossing some six months ago I have wild released most of my Theroux collection. I'm using this, one of his later novels as my fisrt Bookray for 2009.

Theroux is a great travel writer and some of his fiction is also worth a read. "Picture Palace" will stay in my PC

BOOKRAY

BUG2004 - SHIP US <------Done
JENKAZOO - SHIP US <----- Skipped
GRINGUITICA - COSTA RICA SHIP AMERICAS <-------No Reply
PERRYFAN - US/IN'L <------ Done
IAUI - EU<------Done
arturogrande <-----Done
Marfirmonde <----On It's way here (Last stop?)


Journal Entry 2 by mrbaggins1 at Johannesburg, Gauteng South Africa on Monday, January 12, 2009

Released 10 yrs ago (1/12/2009 UTC) at Johannesburg, Gauteng South Africa

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Posted today as a bookray to the Bug2004 in the US - Enjoy!

Journal Entry 3 by Bug2004 from Omaha, Nebraska USA on Monday, February 02, 2009
Re'cvd today. Will get to it as quick as I can...I have a few in front of it! Thanks for sharing! :)

Journal Entry 4 by Bug2004 from Omaha, Nebraska USA on Sunday, March 15, 2009
Loved it!!!! This is my first Theroux and it will not be my last. I loved his writing style and I loved the unique story... I was nabbed on the first page. I don't like to go into too much detail so others can jump in w/out knowing too much ahead of time! :) Just know that I loved it. :)
Will mail off tomorrow.

Thanks so much for sharing, mrbaggins!!! It was great...I'm heading to paperbackswap.com right now to try to nab some other titles. :)

Journal Entry 5 by Bug2004 from Omaha, Nebraska USA on Sunday, April 05, 2009
Update:

JenKazoo has asked to be skipped. I sent a msg to Mrbaggins, but have not heard back, so went ahead and requested address for GRINGUITICA. Sorry for the delay. :)

Journal Entry 6 by Bug2004 from Omaha, Nebraska USA on Thursday, April 16, 2009
Have not heard back from Gringuitica, after two attempts, so will now contact Perryfan.

Journal Entry 7 by wingperryfranwing from Elk Grove, California USA on Thursday, May 28, 2009
Received in today's mail. Thanks! I have a couple to read in front of this but hope to get to it soon. I really like Theroux!

Journal Entry 8 by wingperryfranwing from Elk Grove, California USA on Monday, June 15, 2009
I've liked Theroux's writing for years - both his travel writing and fiction. Unfortunately, I haven't been keeping up with him for some time. The last book I read by him was "Hotel Honolulu" which I remember being an okay novel. I was a little mixed about "Blinding Light." I loved the premise of the novel with the main character, Slade Steadman (a travel writer like Theroux) traveling to Ecuador in search of a drug to give him some enlightenment so he can write about the experience. He gets more than he bargained for when he takes a different drug which makes him temporarily blind but unlocks his creativity and insight. The middle part of the novel details his effortless writing of his second book which is a tell-all confessional filled with loads of highly erotic experiences (this part of the novel got close to pornography). Then for me, the novel kind of went down hill - describing Steadman's socializing with the elite on Martha's Vineyard, including President Clinton, his book tour, his reliance on the drug and his abuses to others. The long-term effects of the drug seemed to be what he deserved. Overall, I would give this one a mild recommendation - I really did enjoy the first couple of parts of the novel including the beginnings in Ecuador and the erotic descriptions, but I think the book could have been cut by about 100 pages to make the second half of the book move along better.

Thanks mrbaggins1 for including me in this bookray. I have some other Theroux books on my shelf that I haven't read yet - I need to get to these. I have Laui's address and will get this in the mail tomorrow to continue the ray.

Journal Entry 9 by wingperryfranwing at Bookray, A Bookray -- Controlled Releases on Monday, June 15, 2009

Released 10 yrs ago (6/15/2009 UTC) at Bookray, A Bookray -- Controlled Releases

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Sending to Laui in The Netherlands to continue this bookray. Enjoy!

Journal Entry 10 by Laui from Utrecht, Utrecht Netherlands on Monday, June 22, 2009
Caught it. Thanks for sharing, I'll keep you all posted on my progress ;)

Journal Entry 11 by Laui from Utrecht, Utrecht Netherlands on Sunday, July 19, 2009
I can't seem to find the right mood to read this one, and in the mean time more books have showed up. So I'm passing this one on to the next one on the list, I'm afraid it would otherwise be lying around unread for quite a long time.

Journal Entry 12 by Laui at by mail, A Bookray -- Controlled Releases on Friday, July 31, 2009

Released 9 yrs ago (7/31/2009 UTC) at by mail, A Bookray -- Controlled Releases

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Finally mailed out to arturogrande. Safe travels!

Journal Entry 13 by arturogrande from Coalville, Leicestershire United Kingdom on Wednesday, August 05, 2009
Thanks very much. I've nearly finished my current bookring book, so I'll be able to start this one in the next couple of days.

Journal Entry 14 by arturogrande from Coalville, Leicestershire United Kingdom on Monday, August 31, 2009
I too was gripped by this book from the beginning. Slade Steadman is a really unlikeable character, but I thought the more horrible he became during his 'invincible blind man who can see more than sighted people' phase, the more gripping the storyline.
I think it flagged a bit during the third phase of his drug use (I won't go into too much detail in case I spoil it), but it was still a book well worth reading.
Thank you for including me on this ray, mrbaggins1. I am intending to send it out on another ray if I can get enough people interested, but it probably won't start until I get back from my holiday at the end of September.

Journal Entry 15 by arturogrande from Coalville, Leicestershire United Kingdom on Thursday, September 03, 2009
I will be sending this book out on a ray, starting at the end of September.

The order so far is:

mafarrimond - Wales, ship int

Journal Entry 16 by arturogrande from Coalville, Leicestershire United Kingdom on Sunday, September 27, 2009
Reserved for mafarrimond. Nobody else wanted to sign up for the ray for this one, so it's yours to do as you wish with it.

Journal Entry 17 by arturogrande from Coalville, Leicestershire United Kingdom on Sunday, October 11, 2009
On its way to mafarrimond - a nice surprise along with a bookring she's expecting!

Journal Entry 18 by mafarrimond from Hawarden, Wales United Kingdom on Wednesday, October 14, 2009
REceived today. Looking forward to the read.

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