SIGNED BY PAUL THEROUX
THEROUX, Paul. Jungle Lovers. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1971. Octavo, original beige cloth, original dust jacket. $1250.
First edition of this powerful novel about "the folly of preconceived American ideas about Africa" (New York Times), signed on the title page by Paul Theroux.
"A bitter comedy of cross-purposes set in an emerging African nation" (Kirkus Reviews). "Jungle Lovers abounds with virtues. It is genuinely perceptive. Mr. Theroux's ear for the absurd, for the nuances of British and African dialogue, is convincing, subtle. He also writes exceedingly well about the taste and feel of tropical Africa. Put baldly, Jungle Lovers is about the folly of preconceived American ideas about Africa. On the one hand, the clumsily capitalist (Africa, the last commercial frontier, candidate for the American way) and, on the other, the presumptuously revolutionary… Jungle Lovers is filled with incidental delights, some very funny set-pieces. It is also enriched by a clean, ironic prose style and a powerful narrative drive. The novel's architecture is undeniably intelligent" (New York Times).
Book fine, dust jacket very nearly so. A handsome signed copy.