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PAUL THEROUX's highly acclaimed novels include Blinding Light, Hotel Honolulu, My Other Life, Kowloon Tong, and The Mosquito Coast. His travel books include Ghost Train to the Eastern Star, Dark Star Safari, Riding the Iron Rooster, The Great Railway Bazaar, The Old Patagonian Express, and The Happy Isles of Oceania. He lives in Hawaii and on Cape Cod.
I would hate to spend even an hour with him in a train compartment though.
I believe that when he writes down a conversation or encounter he intends only to include his side as one of the characters in his story.
The book reads like a diary of his travel from Boston to Tierra del Fuego, most of the time by train.
Yes, he is a curmudgeon - but I still love his books.
This one in particular fed into my wish to " someday" travel. Read more
Paul Theroux makes a train trip north to south in Africa, revisiting places he was decades ago as a Peace Corps Volunteer. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Kodiak reader
Maybe I should have read it 30 years ago when it was first published because this book has definitely not stood the test of timePublished 5 months ago by Mella Moore
"The Old Patagonian Express" is the second travel account by Paul Theroux that I have read and I look forward to reading his many others. Read morePublished 11 months ago by islander
I've read the book several times and lost my old hardcover. I just want to have the book nearby to continue to read over again. It's live I'm traveling but do it in my armchair!Published 14 months ago by Letitia W.
I read this a few years ago and loved it. Glad to get a chance to read it again. Best real travel adventure story. Good description of poor sections of Latin American countries. Read morePublished 16 months ago by selina
Planning a trip to South America and this book got me right in the mood. Even though it is a few years old it captured the spirit of the region. Read morePublished 20 months ago by Philip Chronican
Paul Theroux has undoubtedly had the opportunity to travel to some beautiful and exciting places. It's just burdensome to have to slog through his adventures when they are... Read morePublished on July 24, 2012 by tom regan