By Paul Theroux
A depressing and bitingly funny selection of brief tales from the “brilliantly evocative” (Time) Paul Theroux
A relatives watches in horror as their patriarch transforms into the making a song, wise-cracking lead of an old-timey minstrel express. A popular paintings collector relishes publicly destroying his most respected items. boys stand via helplessly as their father phases an all-consuming warfare at the raccoons dwelling within the woods round their condominium. a tender artist devotes himself to a filthy rich, malicious gossip, understanding that it’s only a subject of time ahead of she activates him.
In this new number of brief tales, acclaimed writer Paul Theroux explores the tenuous management of the elite and the staggering revenge of the neglected. He indicates us humanity possessed, ate up via its personal hope and compulsion, continuously together with his rigorously honed eye for aspect and the sophisticated idiosyncrasies that deliver his characters to existence. Searing, darkish, and likely to unsettle, Mr. Bones is a gorgeous new reveal of Paul Theroux’s “fluent, faintly sinister powers of imaginative and prescient and imagination” (John Updike, the recent Yorker).
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She said slowly, and her voice seemed velvet like her body. “Mrs. Van Dahlen . ” he muttered, stepping back. She approached him more. “You cannot fight . . I love you, Henry! . ” He was unable to speak. She continued, with a haughty, lightly mocking smile: “You love me and you know it, as well as I. ” There was torture in his eyes that I could not look upon; and, as though he felt it, he covered them with his hand. ” he groaned. She smiled. ” she answered. ” She slowly put her hands on his shoulders.
I have nothing to explain, Henry,” I answered. ” He walked up and down the room, then stopped again. He smiled, a smile of disgust and hatred. ” he said. I did not answer. He trembled with fury. “You . . you . ” he cried, clasping his fists. ” I was silent. ” He pressed his head. “You make me crazy! It is impossible! It is not you! You were not like this! ” I said nothing. He seized me by the arms and flung me to the floor. “Speak, dirt! Answer! ” I looked at him, I looked straight into his eyes and told a lie.
I could not refuse this invitation without seriously offending the hostess. So I went, but it was a kind of torture for me. I waited with the greatest impatience for the time when it would be possible for me to leave. I never regretted afterwards that I went to that party. As I was passing near a curtain, I heard two women speaking on the other side of it. It was Mrs. Hughes and Mrs. Brogan. They were speaking about Henry and Claire; they were speaking about me. “Well, she has given all her fortune,” said Mrs.
Mr. Bones: Twenty Stories by Paul Theroux