Princeton University, Princeton, NJ 08544, United States
Princeton University where John Hopkins received his Bachelor of Arts degree.
(Tangier Buzzless Flies is a story about the writer's frie...)
Tangier Buzzless Flies is a story about the writer's friendship with a Moroccan he met while prospecting for oil in the Spanish Sahara. The Moroccan, Driss, worked at a nearby lighthouse so that he could return home to fill his father's position as the local lighthouse-keeper. The two became close friends, sharing the special solitudes of the sea and desert with each other Neither looked forward to the inevitable parting.
(Jonathan Bradshaw is a 42-year-old ne'er-do-well whose on...)
Jonathan Bradshaw is a 42-year-old ne'er-do-well whose only real job has been a brief stint selling socks at Brooks Brothers--and who has lived the rest of his eternal adolescence dependent on the goodwill and pity of family, friends. And women intrigued by his boyish fatuity. But then, when it's discovered that Jonathan's father Ben, missing for 25 years (having simply sailed off in his boat The Pelican), has been sighted at last, Jonathan is galvanized: in a flash he's off to the harbor in Puerto Gusano, the any-Latin, mock-country where the novel is set.
(Present day. Peru is a beautiful but turbulent setting fo...)
Present day. Peru is a beautiful but turbulent setting for this gripping novel that focuses on the violent conflict between two opposing cultures.
(Princeton grad John Hopkins came to Tangier after adventu...)
Princeton grad John Hopkins came to Tangier after adventures in Peru. In addition to the portraiture of the city and its inhabitants, Hopkins’ life in Marrakech and his trips into Morocco’s Sahara, Algeria, Tunisia, Libya, Spanish Sahara, Mauretania, Senegal, Ghana, Nigeria, Togo, Cameroun, Swaziland, and Mozambique are chronicled in entries rich with detail. The glamour, mystery, poverty, and opulence of Tangier, the country of Morocco and Africa jumps from every page. The author presents a huge and dizzying cast of writers, painters, socialites, trance dancers, eccentrics, party-givers, magicians, aristocrats, confidence men and expat residents from the early sixties through the late seventies. Tangier Diaries includes eight pages of photographs and is invaluable for anyone interested in Tangier and the colorful figures who have lived there.
(Love and solitude seem like irreconcilable opposites to N...)
Love and solitude seem like irreconcilable opposites to Norman, a young American. His love affairs in Tangier with two older women end with the death of one and the disappearance of the other, sending him to the Sahara, alone on the edge of time.
(John Hopkins rescues Madeleine van Breughel from a crowd ...)
John Hopkins rescues Madeleine van Breughel from a crowd of angry Arabs, Moroccans, in one of Tangier's seediest neighborhoods, they fall in love, Madeleine does not return to her husband and child living in equatorial Africa. They live in Amsterdam for a short period, return to Africa and then to get away from the heat, they take off for Mexico, Central and South America where they travel. This book chronicles that voyage, its exigencies, anxieties, pleasures, and is filled with abundant matter about the circumstances they encounter across the entirety of the continent from Mexico to Chile.
(It all began at the Oyster Bar in Grand Central Station, ...)
It all began at the Oyster Bar in Grand Central Station, New York, in 1961. Two Princeton graduates, John Hopkins, and Joe McPhillips have returned from Peru, where they dreamed of buying a coffee plantation in the jungle. Not ready to return to a life of work, marriage, and mortgages, they are tempted by a mysterious letter from Kenya. Hatching a plan to ride a motorbike across North Africa, they buy a sleek, white R50 BMW and paint her name - The White Nile - on the fuel tank, in honor of the route they plan to follow.
John Hopkins studied at Princeton University and received his Bachelor of Arts degree in 1960.
The first novel by John Hopkins was The Attempt of 1967. Among his novels are also Tangier Buzzless Flies, The Flight of the Pelican, All I Wanted Was Company, and In the Chinese Mountains. He is the author of travel memoirs including The Tangier Diaries, The South American Diaries, and The White Nile Diaries.
John Hopkins was a member of the Anglo-American literary crowd of the 1960s and 1970s and became friends with William Burroughs, Paul Bowles, and Jane Bowles.
Now he lives in Oxford.
(Jonathan Bradshaw is a 42-year-old ne'er-do-well whose on...)1983
(John Hopkins rescues Madeleine van Breughel from a crowd ...)2007
(Tangier Buzzless Flies is a story about the writer's frie...)1972
(Love and solitude seem like irreconcilable opposites to N...)1999
(It all began at the Oyster Bar in Grand Central Station, ...)2014
(Princeton grad John Hopkins came to Tangier after adventu...)1998
(Present day. Peru is a beautiful but turbulent setting fo...)1990
John Hopkins married Ellen Ann Ragsdale on June 25, 1977. They have three sons.