The Great Railway Bazaar

The Great Railway Bazaar

by Paul Theroux
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The Great Railway Bazaar by Paul Theroux

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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ISBN-13: 9780345301109
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 06/12/1981

About the Author

PAUL THEROUX is the author of many highly acclaimed books. His novels include The Lower River and The Mosquito Coast, and his renowned travel books include Ghost Train to the Eastern Star and Dark Star Safari. He lives in Hawaii and Cape Cod.

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Great Railway Bazaar 3.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is among the finest travel books ever written.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This edition has a distracting quantity of OCR misreads.
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PierresFamily More than 1 year ago
Paul Theroux's "Great Railway Bazaar" wasn't as much as a travelogue as I had expected or hoped; I wanted to know more about the countries themselves - the "good, bad and the ugly." However, I did enjoy learning new tidbits about the history of the countries, as well getting to know the diverse cultures that he presented, via ordinary people that he met during his train journey. In addition, I found it refreshing that the book didn't seem to have a political agenda. Of course, that was in an earlier time. Nowadays, it seems that every book, from the lightest fiction to the deepest history, takes a side - even if some of the authors perhaps don't realize their bias is obvious, and this goes for both ends of the political spectrum. I look forward to reading the Bazaar's sequel / followup soon, "Ghost Train to the Eastern Star." 
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