The Great Railway Bazaar

The Great Railway Bazaar

By Train Through Asia

Book - 1975
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In this unique and hugely entertaining railway odyssey, Theroux vividly recounts his travels--and the people, places, and landscapes he encountered--on the Orient Express, the Khyber Mail, and the Trans-Siberian Express, through such countries as Turkey, Iran, India, Southeast Asia, Japan, and the Soviet Union.
Publisher: Boston : Houghton Mifflin, 1975
ISBN: 9780395207086
Branch Call Number: 915/.0442/The
Characteristics: viii, 342 p. ;,24 cm


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May 15, 2020

This is much more than a “travel book” across Asia and is a captivating recording of people and places, trains and cities, small towns and isolated outpost that leaves the reader with a powerful sense of all these places and people during the 1970s. Theroux is not simply the author but the main character in this wild trip through desserts, jungles, snow covered plains, mountains, across deep gorges encountering characters as fascinating as the locations. A worthwhile read.

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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