Writer Paul Theroux’s latest book, Under the Wave at Waimea (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt), set in Hawaii, tells the story of Joe Sharkey, a legendary 60-something big-wave surfer, coming to terms with being past his prime—and a tragic accident that forever alters the way he sees life. We have always been struck by the fact that Theroux's writing—now more than 50 travelogues and novels that have set the gold standard for travel writing, from The Great Railway Bazaar: By Train Through Asia to On the Plain of Snakes: A Mexican Journey—get to the very essence of what it means to be human in the world and what is revealed when we open ourselves to it. So we asked Theroux to answer 10 rapid-fire questions about his new novel, out this week. Here, he tells about the novel's inspiration, living in Hawaii (a place he has called home on and off for more more than 30 years), his favorite travel narratives and much more. In addition to the book, which we're already loving (and which will transport you instantly to Oahu), we're also excited for The Mosquito Coast, a television series based on his 1981 book, starring Paul’s nephew, Justin Theroux, premiering April 30th on Apple TV.Order your copy of Under the Wave at Waimea here, and listen to Paul's episode from the Indagare Global Conversations podcast here.
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