The Old Patagonian Express: By Train Through the Americas

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Penguin Books Limited, 24 nov. 2011 - 448 pagina's



The Old Patagonian Express
tells of Paul Theroux’s train journey down the length of North and South America. Beginning on Boston’s subway, he depicts a voyage from ice-bound Massachusetts to the arid plateau of Argentina’s most southerly tip, via pretty Central American towns and the ancient Incan city of Macchu Pichu. Shivering and sweating by turns as the temperature and altitude rise and plummet, he describes the people he encountered – thrown in with the tedious, and unavoidable, Mr Thornberry in Limón and reading to the legendary blind writer, Jorge Luis Borges, in Buenos Aires. Witty, sharply observed and beautifully written, this is a richly evocative account of travelling to ‘the end of the line’.

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Gebruikersrecensie  - sarcher - LibraryThing

Suffers due to the nature of the railway in the Americas - incomplete, oriented east west in many nations. Works anyways, mostly because I have so little context for these areas of the world so any exposure is interesting. Volledige review lezen

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Gebruikersrecensie  - jkdavies - LibraryThing

In the end, I had to rush through this book in order to finish it before I left the hotel... which probably did it a disservice. On the one hand, it was a fairly meandering read with not so much going ... Volledige review lezen

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Over de auteur (2011)

Paul Theroux has written many works of fiction and travel writing, including the modern classics The Great Railway Bazaar, The Old Patagonian Express, My Secret History and The Mosquito Coast. He won the Edward Stanford Award for Outstanding Contribution to Travel Writing 2020.
Paul Theroux divides his time between Cape Cod and the Hawaiian islands.

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