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The Orient Express, the Golden Arrow of Kuala and the Trans-Siberian Express are just some of the trains steaming through Paul Theroux's epic rail ...Show synopsisThe Orient Express, the Golden Arrow of Kuala and the Trans-Siberian Express are just some of the trains steaming through Paul Theroux's epic rail journey from London across Europe through India and Asia. This was a journey of discovery made in the mid-seventies, a time before the West had embraced the places, people, food, faiths and cultures of the East. To visit the lands of "The Great Railway Bazaar" is an encounter with all that is truly foreign and exotic.Hide synopsis
For those who love great travel writing, Theroux's book is near the top of the heap. Theroux seems more of a miniaturest than, say, Chatwin or Sebald or Morris; he likes to focus on scenes and then move on to the next one without complications between successive frames. Theroux is also much funnier ...
We love trains -riding them and reading about them when it is impossible to ride one. Paul Theroux takes us on a wonderful ride through Asia on a variety of trains, through a variety of cultures and conditions. He is a great wordsmith, and not only puts us in touch with the train and the scenery, but ...
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