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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (722 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Paul Theroux Narrator: Fidous Bamji Publisher: Recorded Books Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: October 2008 ISBN:
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Paul Theroux, a highly acclaimed master of travel narratives, whisks listeners away on illuminating journeys to far-flung locales all across the globe in works like Dark Star Safari. The Elephanta Suite weaves together three captivating novellas, each conveying the thrill - and possible danger - experienced by Westerners intent on losing themselves in the mystical splendor of India. Download and start listening now!

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Stefani | 2/10/2014

    " I liked this book because, like other books about foreign places I have read, it transported me to an exotic locale that I am unlikely to visit anytime in the near future. I'm not sure if all the insights about Indian people/culture were entirely true or representative of the culture as a whole, nor where the characterizations of Americans as predatory, sexually repressed, or morally reprehensible really valid either. Theroux ties all three novellas together by uniting the characters with a shared purpose; to have a transformative experience in India, to somehow escape the mundanity of their comfortable lives in America by witnessing impoverishment of the masses and/or to gain some sort of spiritual enlightenment. The characters seem to reveal tendencies in themselves that, while dormant in the US, are exposed like a raw wound in India. I was disappointed with the way things were left unresolved, however, I do think the bad characters, by way of karma, got what was coming to them. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Susan | 2/10/2014

    " So far it is very easy reading. It is about a couple in India. But, it doesn't really tell you about India, more it is about the couple's life. I generally his books because they are about travel. More to come as I read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Deb | 2/9/2014

    " Three thought-provoking stories about Americans experiencing India. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Karin | 2/9/2014

    " As much as I like reading his travel books,I just don't want to go to where he wrote about.Is he delibaretely beeing negative?True,Elephanta Suite is fiction,nevertheless there is a certain amount of truth here. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Polly Petersen | 2/7/2014

    " Three novellas about American visitors to India and the disasterous results of their cultural encounters which include sexual exploitation, trickery, mob attacks and murder. The author's writing style is compelling, dark, and mysterious. I didn't like any of the characters but I still wanted to find out what would happen. The endings however seemed contrived in order to be overly disturbing. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Colin | 1/13/2014

    " Terrible. I wasn't too thrilled with the entire plot, which was silly and contrived. Moreover, the interpersonal dialogue was flat and really awkward at times. The only good part about it was the textual illustration of India - or rather the travelogue part. I would advise Theroux stick to travel nonfiction. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Autumn | 1/9/2014

    " Theroux's three novellas all took place in India and were all cynical depictions of travelers discovering the country. The last story was the best and I would give that one three stars if it stood alone but collectively I only thought this compilation was "OK". Not my favorite Theroux writing. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Suvi | 1/6/2014

    " I knew the background of the book, but I couldn't finish the first story because I was immediately disgusted with the characters' reactions and opinions to India. I don't understand why they would extend their stay in India yet have such bad opinions of everything. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rod | 12/11/2013

    " Theroux is not...well...cheery, but at its best this reminded me a little of Graham Greene or the best of Somerset Maugham. What happens to folks when they step (or imagine that they can step...or are pushed) out of their normal lives? "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nancy Mcdaniel | 12/6/2013

    " curious book - interesting, if not too flattering, insights about ex-pats in India "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dianne | 11/30/2013

    " Interesting stories woven together by the Elephanta Suite. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mary | 9/14/2013

    " three novellas about India, and how different westerners react to it. ok, but not theroux's best "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jim Petelle | 9/7/2013

    " These were three barely-connected stories set in India. I expected it all to be tied together at the end, but NOOO. Maybe I would have liked it better if I had ever been in India. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tracie | 7/19/2013

    " Frustrating, compelling and offensive. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Rena | 12/6/2012

    " I didn't really like the characters. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kristine | 2/29/2012

    " for the record, I am reading this to see if I am still creeped out by Paul Theroux. So far, the answer is yes, but I am trying to "read fair." "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Lyra | 2/24/2012

    " I don't know enough about Theroux to know whether this is typical of him, or he's being ironic or critical, but all the pasty white businessmen finding "spiritual salvation" in the arms of poverty-stricken exotic brown vixens turned my stomach. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Andrew Levkoff | 10/31/2011

    " Believe me, the Indian Bureau of Tourism will not be putting this on their Top 10 list. Hardly a likeable character in the book, but some disturbing insights into human nature, and the nature of India today. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Holly S. Warah | 8/12/2011

    " I love Paul Theroux's travel writing. His travel fiction is worthwhile, too. I enjoyed reading these novellas about Westerners bumbling their way through India. Good summer read for those interested in travel or India. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Bryce Emley | 8/10/2011

    " i'd still like to read more of his stuff. extremely perceptive chap. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Catherine Woodman | 4/12/2011

    " Theroux tends towards the stark reality that third world experiences evoke and this book is no different. Not a read that will lure you to India, but probably an accurate depiction. Not a flattering depiction though. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Shauna | 4/8/2011

    " Beautiful prose. Lots of intimacy and spirituality. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Stephanie | 4/2/2011

    " I liked it. I found it harsh but it also described India as a complex place where you hardly know up from down or right from wrong or 'what's the what'. It was entertaining, perplexing, thought-provoking. Reminded me of my own trips to India and narrow-mindedness at times about the country. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Natasha | 2/23/2011

    " Well- written book, but featuring horrid characters. I wanted to reach into the pages and smack the lot of them. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Dorjan | 2/7/2011

    " I picked this one up because I heard good things about Paul Theroux. This particular book wasn't really my cup of tea. I don't like short story collections and I don't like angst-ridden books about westerners having a hard time adjusting to another culture while travelling. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nancy | 1/5/2011

    " curious book - interesting, if not too flattering, insights about ex-pats in India "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tengku | 11/10/2010

    " --Vivid description of the extravaganza of self-deception that is India! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Mike | 10/8/2010

    " 2.33 to be more exact:

    Monkey hill: 3 stars
    Elephanta Suite: 3 stars
    The elephant god: 1 star "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Polly | 10/7/2010

    " pretty interesting if you like stories set in India -not for everyone "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Linda | 10/3/2010

    " Three novellas of Westerners in contemporary India...a change from reading about Indians adapting to life in the West. The dynamics between the Western protagonists in each story and the range of Indian characters they encounter in different settings is very well done. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Karen | 9/16/2010

    " Made it to page 43....and it looked like it would be so good. On to the next one... "

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About the Author
Author Paul Theroux

Paul Theroux is the author of many highly acclaimed novels and travel books. His novels include A Dead Hand and The Mosquito Coast, an international bestseller and the basis of the major motion picture. He lives in Hawaii and on Cape Cod.