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WSJ Review of Paul Theroux’s New Book (Malawi)

WSJ Review of Paul Theroux’s New Book (Malawi)

‘On the Plain of Snakes’ Review: Why María Left Oaxa After a visit to the Mexican border, Paul Theroux (Malawi 1963-65), resolved to return by car and find out why so many risk crossing furtively into the U.S. The author, near the Mexican border, talks to a man who had been deported after working for 12 years in the U.S. PHOTO: STEVE MCCURRY By Andrew R. Graybill Wall Street Journal Sept. 25, 2019 7:10 pm ET A couple of years ago, the novelist and travel writer Paul Theroux visited the U.S.-Mexico border. South of the line he interviewed several people at a shelter serving migrants and deportees, and his memory of an encounter with a woman named María stalked him thereafter “like an apparition.” She wept as she told Mr. Theroux how she had left her three young children with their grandmother in Oaxaca, deep in the Mexican interior, so that she . . .

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