Review of Deep South
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Deep South by Paul Theroux

Published by Penguin for £9.99

Paul Theroux hints that this may be his last book about travelling.  In his previous farewell to Africa, Last Train to Zona Verde, he showed us a strong sense of disillusionment at poverty, corruption and decline, he returns to his native America and travels further south than he has ever been before.  He goes first to  Mississippi, to the small towns, the swamps and shacks, the dying industries, the poverty which is African in proportion, unbelievable in the USA.  It is the people who leap from his pages, the southern politeness and hospitality, the stark realities of race and discrimination.  Therouxs eye is sharp, clear and unsentimental, it reveals itself in this compelling book.

Reviewed by Jen