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The Lower River: Heart of Darkness revisited

The Lower RiverPaul Theroux’s new novel, The Lower River, takes us on a journey to the very south of Malawi. Ellis Hock is our guide – our eyes and our ears – on his return to the village where he served as a Peace Corps volunteer, 40 years earlier, a time and a place where he had been happy. But the place has changed and his return visit quickly spirals out of control.

It’s a riveting read, fast paced and tense. As a thriller, it thrills. Reviews have generally been very positive.

But I wasn’t able to just accept it as a gripping tale of a journey that went horribly wrong. Too much of the context was misleading or simply wrong. It did not ring true. Continue reading