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The Mosquito Coast By Paul Theroux – a Book Review

The Mosquito Coast By Paul Theroux – a Book ReviewBy Mahbubul Karim (Sohel)July 25, 2009How paranoia can grip and strangle the lives of a family, where imposed fear, albeit hyperbolic, but made real sounding with constant uttering, are deftly told by the author Paul Theroux in this story of adventure, inventions, pain and scavengers. Tones are dramatic in the Mosquito Coast, especially, the grim episodes surrounding the demise of ice maker, are unforgettable. When facing the invasion by the “city boys” with guns, the “fadder”, Allie Fox, the chattering and towering central character of this marvellous book, tries to protect his sanctuary built in jungle of Honduras. Here is an excerpt: “See, around here, if there’s no rain, there’s nothing to eat. Ask anyone. We’re down to our last provisions. The ants are all over the place. Our river’s turned into a creek. The next time you come, things will be different.”“Where are your Zambus?”Father wrinkled his nose. “Probably thought you were s…

Toast - a Poem

ToastBy Mahbubul Karim (Sohel)July 5, 2009-07-05Here is a toast, burnt and toastedCrumbled edgesLook like granular hedgesHere is a toast, charred and boastedSilence brings half empty glassMeandering hobo’s pointless returnTo crumbled edgesLook like granular hedgesHere is a toast, charred and boastedBurnt and toastedMorning cacophony, glaring alarm clockBring back half filled glassMineral of fluidRancid exodusFrom flocking crassIn the greenest of the greenest grassHeaps of dying beetlesIn morbid warfareWith robust ants and bugs of fiddlesHere is a toast, burnt and toastedCrumbled edgesLook like secular pledgesHere is a toast, charred and boastedBefore galloping molarsDisintegrate granules of toastInto mashed and muddy coastHere is a toastNo moreNo more