The Kingdom by the Sea

The Kingdom by the Sea

A Journey Around Great Britain

Book - 1983
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It was 1982, the summer of the Falkland Islands War, and the birth of the royal heir, Prince William--and the ideal time, Theroux found, to surprise the British into talking about themselves. The result is a candid, funny, perceptive, and opinionated travelogue of his journey and his findings.
Publisher: Boston : Houghton Mifflin, 1983
ISBN: 9780671525798
Branch Call Number: 914.204 THE NVD
Characteristics: 353 p. ; 24 cm
Alternative Title: The kingdom by the sea


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Jun 13, 2017

Set in 1980's ?? This man should renew himself with GB of today - it's a new ballgame.

Jun 10, 2017

A low-key travelogue that's set in the 1980s, a dark time for most of lower/middle class U.K. There are some astute observations about cultural differences, skinhead encounters, and retired couples, but there's just so much beachfront travelling commentary before you start wishing his trip to wind up.


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Apr 29, 2010

Awesome writing by Paul Theroux, as usual.

Engaging in every paragraph, and treating us to a skewed view of his much loved Britain, where he lived for 8 or 9 years.


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Feb 24, 2009

One of the few boasts the British risked was that their country was changeless. In some trivial ways it was, but to an alien it seemed entirely irregular and unpredictable, changing from day to day. It was not a question of seismic shocks, but rather a steadier kind of erosion–like the seemingly changeless and consoling tide, in which there was always, in its push and pull, slightly more loss than gain. The endless mutation of the British coast wonderfully symbolized the state of the nation. In a quiet way the British were hopeful, and because in the cycle of ruin and renewal there had been so much ruin, they were glad to be still holding on–that was the national mood–but they were hard put to explain their survival. The British seemed to me to be a people forever standing on a crumbling coast and scanning the horizon.

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