The Mosquito Coast

In┬áthis breathtaking adventure story from Paul Theroux (, the paranoid and brilliant inventor Allie Fox takes his family to live in the Honduran jungle, determined to build a civilization better than the one they’ve left. Fleeing from an America he sees as mired in materialism and conformity, he hopes to rediscover a purer life. But his utopian experiment takes a dark turn when his obsessions lead the family toward unimaginable danger.

Adapted as a film in 1986 by Peter Weir (, starring Harrison Ford, Helen Mirren and River Phoenix. Available on DVD at

First published 1981

384 pages in Penguin paperback edition

ISBN 978-0140060898

Paul Theroux

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