Chicago Loop

Paul Theroux, Author, Jason Epstein, Editor Random House Inc $20 (0p) ISBN 978-0-679-40188-9
A parable of particularly male madness, Theroux's forceful, disturbing novel follows to their farthest reaches the compulsions of a successful Chicago real-estate developer who lives in the suburbs with his wife, a model, and their infant son. Parker Jagoda, 37 years old, has a secret life, begun via personal ads, with two young women, one of whom he brutally mutilates and kills. In a fugue state he continues to work, to see the other woman and to arrange with his wife elaborate hotel-room ``dates'' that involve unpredictable role-playing sex games. As he reads newspaper accounts of the search for the killer, dubbed ``Wolfman,'' Jagoda slowly recalls his last encounter with the victim and is filled with a self-absorbed remorse that makes him physically and mentally ill. Abandoning his career and family, he gradually assumes the identity of his victim, disappears into the city and finally ends his life in a powerful, inevitable conclusion. Giving us no history and little information about the rest of his protagonist's life, Theroux focuses tightly on Jagoda's perceptions, describing grim horrors and his character's escalating isolation in simple, Kafkaesque prose. There is no moral to this tale--only the experiences of the journey, and questions raised by Jagoda's initial denial and eventual assumption of culpability. Part of Random House's Literary Landscapes fiction group, this latest by the author of Mosquito Coast and The Great Railway Bazaar maps its interior landscape as immediately as it does its modern urban location. Author tour. (Mar.)
Reviewed on: 03/04/1991
Release date: 03/01/1991
X
Stay ahead with
Tip Sheet!
Free newsletter: the hottest new books, features and more
X
Only $18.95/month for Digital Access
or $20.95 for Print+Digital Access!
X
Only $18.95/month for Digital Access
or $20.95 for Print+Digital Access!
X
Email Address

Password

Log In Lost Password

PW has integrated its print and digital subscriptions, offering exciting new benefits to subscribers, who are now entitled to both the print edition and the digital editions of PW (online or via our app). For instructions on how to set up your accout for digital access, click here. For more information, click here.

The part of the site you are trying to access is now available to subscribers only. Subscribers: to set up your digital subscription with the new system (if you have not done so already), click here. To subscribe, click here.

Email pw@pubservice.com with questions.

Not Registered? Click here.