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The Great Railway Bazaar

By Train Through Asia

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Publisher: Penguin

4.1
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Language:English | Number of Pages: 379 | Format: Paperback

Isbn-10: 0141189142 | Isbn-13: 9780141189147 | Publish date: 

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Category: Travel

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Book Description
"The Great Railway Bazaar" is Paul Theroux's account of his epic journey by rail through Asia. Filled with evocative names of legendary train routes - the Direct-Orient Express, the Khyber Pass Local, the Delhi Mail from Jaipur, the Golden Arrow to Kuala Lumpur, the Hikari Super Express to Kyoto and the Trans-Siberian Express - it describes the many places, cultures, sights and sounds he experienced and the fascinating people he met. Here he overhears snippets of chat and occasional monologues, and is drawn into conversation with fellow passengers, from Molesworth, a British theatrical agent, and Sadik, a shabby Turkish tycoon, while avoiding the forceful approaches of pimps and drug dealers. This wonderfully entertaining travelogue pays loving tribute to the romantic joys of railways and train travel.
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    El autor utiliza el tren como lugar donde se congrega una muestra de la sociedad de cada lugar para hacerse una idea de cómo vive la gente allí. Es interesante que el libro se centre en anécdotas que surgen durante el viaje y en los personajes que el autor se encuentra en el tren y no en los luga ...continue

    El autor utiliza el tren como lugar donde se congrega una muestra de la sociedad de cada lugar para hacerse una idea de cómo vive la gente allí. Es interesante que el libro se centre en anécdotas que surgen durante el viaje y en los personajes que el autor se encuentra en el tren y no en los lugares por los que pasa, que sólo merecen comentarios de pasada.

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  • 5

    Theroux is an honest writer he tells it like it, if it is sucks then he'll say it out loud which is what makes him different from the other writers. Isn't it amazing you took a train, travelled across asia, meeting interesting new people. I have to admit he is a big whiner but anyway this an epic ...continue

    Theroux is an honest writer he tells it like it, if it is sucks then he'll say it out loud which is what makes him different from the other writers. Isn't it amazing you took a train, travelled across asia, meeting interesting new people. I have to admit he is a big whiner but anyway this an epic account of one man's journey and if you like that old tradition of purposeless travel you should BUY this book

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  • 5

    Theroux ha una straordinaria pragmaticità; registra quello che vede, con occhio ironico e impassibile, senza false commozioni, senza falsi pudori, senza pietà nemmeno per le proprie debolezze (e figurarsi per quelle degli altri). Sembra incredibile che semplicemente raccontando quello che succede ...continue

    Theroux ha una straordinaria pragmaticità; registra quello che vede, con occhio ironico e impassibile, senza false commozioni, senza falsi pudori, senza pietà nemmeno per le proprie debolezze (e figurarsi per quelle degli altri). Sembra incredibile che semplicemente raccontando quello che succede nel suo scompartimento e quello che vede dal finestrino del treno sia riuscito a dare un'idea così vivida dei posti che ha visto. Davvero uno dei libri di viaggio più belli che io abbia letto.

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