Riding the Iron Rooster: By Train Through China

Riding the Iron Rooster: By Train Through China

by Paul Theroux
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Riding the Iron Rooster by Train through China 3.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
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Guest More than 1 year ago

Finishing this book turned out to be a suprisingly difficult chore. While the writing is solid, Theroux takes on a superior attitude towards the people of China which wears thin half way through the book. He even goes to the point of scolding people for eating birds, a thing they've done for centuries. It is impressive that he took the time to learn the language, but too often uses it to tell people that they are doing something 'wrong'.

There is a lot of beauty in China that Theroux overlooked (or missed) in regards to culture, history, people, and places. He spends too much time discussing the results of the Cultural Revolution. In several instances he talks to former red guards seemingly attempting to coerce a confession that they were stupid for participating.

The train journeys were not described in detail. Mostly it was a description of where the ride began, ended, and descriptions of cabin mates and meals. Theroux is a great writer, but this is one of this lesser titles.

Guest More than 1 year ago
There is too much politics in it. Didn't like the spitting customs in details. About the only good parts were all those 'ha-ha'-s.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Totally engaging, witty, insightful with a history lesson of the cultural revolution. Ends with a pilgrimage to Tibet. I've read all of Theroux's travel books. He has taken travel writing to a new level and this one rules.