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The Great Railway Bazaar by Paul Theroux
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The Great Railway Bazaar (1975)

by Paul Theroux

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Bought 5/6/2013. Did not like. Rambles pointlessly. ( )
  ShadowBarbara | Jan 27, 2017 |
I love a good travel book, especially when I can sit comfortably on my couch while the author goes through all the hardships and inconveniences for me! I really enjoyed reading along while Theroux traveled 6000 miles via train to locales that I will never go to, nor will most others, since the world has changed so much since the book was written almost 40 years ago ( )
  Iambookish | Dec 14, 2016 |
Not always particularly culturally sensitive, Theroux still manages to write up fantastic characters and and provide vivid portraits. ( )
  dbsovereign | Jan 26, 2016 |
A second hand copy of the author's rail trips throughout Asia; to be honest, I'd forgotten I had this, and it only surfaced after adding from my bookshelf. I've only ridden along a very small mileage of that covered by Paul, but serves to remind me what's out there is the big wide world
  corracreigh | Jan 14, 2016 |
A travelogue composed of witty sketches of strangers on board trains. The author travels from London to Japan and back. Theroux loves the state of being a traveler, at the same time, he seems dubious of people in general, so most of these vignettes have a humorously misanthropic tone.

I loved this book. The only thing to detract from it is how exhaustive it is. There isn't a dry stretch, and it's never boring, but there's not much of a character arc to follow, either. ( )
  scrapironjaw | Dec 1, 2015 |
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Theroux, PaulAuthorprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Abreu, FernandaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Godó Costa, JuanTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Hanssen, TorilTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
McLoughlin, DeborahIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Motta, MarisaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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"To the legion of the lost ones, to the cohortof the damned,To my brethren in their sorrows overseas . . ."
And to my brothers and sisters, namely Eugene, Alexander, Ann-Marie, Mary, Joseph, and Peter, with love
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Ever since childhood, when I lived within earshot of the Boston and Maine, I have seldom heard a train go by and not wished I was on it.
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The meeting of Theroux with Shiva Naipaul, in a hotel in India, is remarkable. His having sex with a women in Swtzerland , (Or it is some other countrt the the Eastern europe, where he withdraws his royalty money from a local publisher) is also remarkable.

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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0618658947, Paperback)

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's Victoria 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.

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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's Victoria Station to Tokyo Central, then back from Japan on the Trans-Siberian. --From publisher's description.… (more)

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Penguin Australia

3 editions of this book were published by Penguin Australia.

Editions: 0141189142, 0141038845, 0143566520

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