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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.
story and narration was soso,.. No complaints at all with the booksellers, reasonable price and executed well.Published 16 days ago by B. K. M.
It's a wonderfully well written book but the artifice of sticking to the train route limited Theroux's ability to describe fascinating locales near, but not on, the route.Published 1 month ago by David Quinto
Paul Theroux turns his gimlet eye and barbed perspective on railway stops along lesser-known parts of North and South America in this, his second travel book, giving readers a... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Slokes
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 5 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 6 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 13 months ago by islander