The Great Railway Bazaar

The Great Railway Bazaar

By Train Through Asia

Book - 2006
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First published more than thirty years ago, Paul Theroux's strange, unique, and hugely entertaining railway odyssey has become a modern classic of travel literature. Here Theroux recounts his early adventures on an unusual grand continental tour. Asia's fabled trains -- the Orient Express, the Khyber Pass Local, the Frontier Mail, the Golden Arrow to Kuala Lumpur, the Mandalay Express, the Trans-Siberian Express -- are the stars of a journey that takes him on a loop eastbound from London'sVictoria Station to Tokyo Central, then back from Japan on the Trans-Siberian. Brimming with Theroux's signature humor and wry observations, this engrossing chronicle is essential reading for both the ardent adventurer and the armchair traveler.
Publisher: Boston : Houghton Mifflin, 2006
Edition: 1st Mariner Books ed
ISBN: 9780618658947
Branch Call Number: 915.0443 THE
Characteristics: 342 p. ; 21 cm

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Jan 01, 2012

This book had me feeling slightly indifferent to the authors adventure and i was not exactly finding myself incapable of putting it down. However, i came to appreciate the book once complete. The appreciation stems from the fact that this is a great documentation of the world as it once was - nearly 40 years ago. From pre-russian invasion afghanistan, to Sri Lanka when it was called Ceylon, and the efforts of the Vietnam tourist board to showcase the parts of the country that were not currently at war in the early 70's, the author details an era long past when the world truly felt like a bigger place and a train-ride across half of it was the only way to experience it. In hindsight, this was a great read and would recommend it to people looking for a non-conventional travel book.

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