PRE-LOVED The Lower River
Award-winning writer Paul Theroux draws upon personal experience of living in Malawi in his eye-opening novel, about one man’s return to an Africa he no longer recognises, The Lower River.
Decades ago Massachusetts salesman Ellis Hock spent four years in Africa – and the continent has never left him. So when his wife walks out and his business goes belly up, Ellis turns back to the one place in which he briefly found happiness.
Yet returning to the village of Malabo shocks him. The school he built is a ruin. The people he remembers are poor, apathetic, hostile. The country labours as if under a great, invisible burden. However, Ellis is determined. This is his escape, a paradise regained.
But escape can be a snare, a trap for the unwary . . .