The Pillars of Hercules
I love discovering an author who has a bunch of travel books for me to devour. So when I came across Paul Theroux I couldn’t wait to dive in, and my first choice was The Pillars of Hercules. While some think of his work as dark, I merely see it as honest. Every person has their own travel experiences and perception on them. I love that his books don’t focus on one place or mode of travel. He covers everything from train travel across Europe to rugged travel through Africa.
The Pillars of Hercules: A Grand Tour of the Mediterranean
by Paul Theroux
“That was the nature of my traveling; a quest for detail, conversation as a form of ambush, the traveler as an agent of provocation.”
In Paul Theroux’s The Pillars of Hercules he travels by train, bus and ferry from one pillar of Hercules in Gibraltar to the other pillar in Morocco, around the Mediterranean on a grand tour of Europe. Theroux’s tour around the Mediterranean coast is another great and interesting read, though I was surprised by his strangely more promising and lighter attitude, and even a hint of a compassion – as he’s known for his blunt gruffness – but don’t worry there is still some of that.
“Places had voices that we’re not their own“
If you’re looking to read of great cities, iconic sights and picturesque destinations – look elsewhere. Paul Theroux’s The Pillars of Hercules takes you around the Mediterranean coast slowly, introduces you to its harsh realities and is littered with REAL people. As he wanders along he seeks out other local writers, looks for remote towns and befriends countless strangers, all with their own stories to tell.