• List Price: CDN$ 30.15
  • You Save: CDN$ 18.45 (61%)
Only 2 left in stock.
Ships from and sold by BOOK- LAND.
+ CDN$ 8.25 shipping
Used: Good | Details
Condition: Used: Good
Comment: Spine creases, wear to binding and pages from reading. May contain limited notes, underlining or highlighting that does affect the text. Possible ex library copy, thatâ€TMll have the markings and stickers associated from the library. Accessories such as CD, codes, toys, may not be included.
Have one to sell?
Flip to back Flip to front
Listen Playing... Paused   You're listening to a sample of the Audible audio edition.
Learn more
See all 3 images

Blinding Light: A Novel Paperback – Jun 1 2006

3.0 out of 5 stars 1 customer review

See all 6 formats and editions Hide other formats and editions
Amazon Price
New from Used from
CDN$ 11.70
CDN$ 11.37 CDN$ 0.01

How to Stop Time

click to open popover

No Kindle device required. Download one of the Free Kindle apps to start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, and computer.

  • Apple
  • Android
  • Windows Phone
  • Android

To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number.

Product details

  • Paperback: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Mariner Books; Reprint edition (June 1 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0618711961
  • ISBN-13: 978-0618711963
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 2.6 x 21 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 431 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars 1 customer review
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #3,204,774 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
  • Would you like to tell us about a lower price?
    If you are a seller for this product, would you like to suggest updates through seller support?

Product description

From Publishers Weekly

Theroux's antihero, Slade Steadman, chronicled his renegade days of globetrotting without the aid of a passport in the bestselling Trespassing—20 years ago. Living luxuriously off royalties on Martha's Vineyard, he has been struggling to finish a second book ever since. Things change when he flies to Ecuador in quest of a potent performance-enhancing drug. He smuggles back to the U.S. a year's supply of the rare datura, which when ingested produces temporary blindness and a paradoxical "blinding light" that exposes truths about the world, truths he uses to complete his pompous, solipsistic Book of Revelation. The substance also luckily boosts his libido, for his relationship with tenacious obstetrician Ava has been on the rocks lately. Prolific Theroux (Dark Star Safari; Hotel Honolulu; etc.) oversaturates this novel with smutty, purplish passages describing cartoonish erotic encounters. The cheap sexual transgressions of a thinly veiled Bill Clinton character also take center stage as Theroux overworks a mirroring link between the fallible president and Steadman, who after the publication of his book continues to deceive his friends and the clamoring public by claiming to be truly blind. Theroux's language is typically vivid and lush when describing the Ecuadorian jungle. On the whole, however, his prose is repetitive, and Steadman is uncongenial, his fate after a year of substance abuse all too predictable. Agent, Andrew Wylie. Author tour. (June 1)
Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

From Booklist

Unlike Slade Steadman, the one-book wonder portrayed in this suspenseful Faustian tale of toxic inspiration, Theroux has 40 books to his credit, including a number of edgy best-selling travel chronicles. A masterful and mesmerizing storyteller who has seen it all, Theroux is drawn to transgression and the darker zones of eroticism, and there is much irony in Steadman's claim to fame, Trespassing, a book about his travels around the world without a passport. Trespassing has made Steadman, now 50, rich, but he hasn't been able to write in years. Enter Ava, a beautiful doctor, who convinces him to go on a drug tour in Ecuador. There an overbearing German journalist becomes Steadman's savior and nemesis by introducing him to a psychotropic plant known as the tiger's blindfold. Although the hallucinogen does, indeed, temporarily blind Steadman, it also heightens his extrasensory powers of perception and dispels his writer's block. By day he dictates an explicit novel to Ava, then, at night, they reenact the lascivious encounters he describes (is this a variation on every writer's secret fantasy?). But as in all the indelible old myths about hubris and forbidden powers, Steadman goes too far. And he is not alone, as Theroux slyly links Steadman's harrowing downfall to that of another powerful man who can't help but tempt fate, President Bill Clinton. Theroux's greatest powers reside in his detailed and sensuous descriptions, and he is positively dazzling here as he calls forth a vivid world not of sights but of scents, sounds, and touch. So all-consuming does this sexy, gothic fable and searing social critique become, it itself serves as a mind-altering substance. Donna Seaman
Copyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

See all Product description

Customer reviews

Share your thoughts with other customers
See all 1 customer reviews

Top customer reviews

July 25, 2006
Format: Paperback
0Comment|Was this review helpful to you? Report abuse

Most helpful customer reviews on Amazon.com

Amazon.com: 2.9 out of 5 stars 48 reviews
5.0 out of 5 starsA novel about a sensory experience...
March 22, 2015 - Published on Amazon.com
Verified Purchase
Kindle Customer
4.0 out of 5 starsNot Bad for Theroux Fiction
December 9, 2005 - Published on Amazon.com
Verified Purchase
One person found this helpful.
Syd Dithers
5.0 out of 5 starsBlinding Visions
June 17, 2005 - Published on Amazon.com
Verified Purchase
11 people found this helpful.
5.0 out of 5 starsA new Blindness giving A new Vision ,
February 18, 2008 - Published on Amazon.com
Verified Purchase
One person found this helpful.
4.0 out of 5 starsIntriguing and a Cut Above
August 1, 2005 - Published on Amazon.com
Verified Purchase
2 people found this helpful.

Where's My Stuff?

Delivery & Returns

Need Help?