[BOOKS] ⚣ The Old Patagonian Express: By Train Through the Americas Author Paul Theroux – Rvtrek.info

The Old Patagonian Express: By Train Through the Americas A Witty Sharply Observed Journey Down The Length Of North And South AmericaBeginning His Journey In Boston, Where He Boarded The Subway Commuter Train, And Catching Trains Of All Kinds On The Way, Paul Theroux Tells Of His Voyage From Ice Bound Massachusetts And Illinois To The Arid Plateau Of Argentina S Most Southerly Tip Sweating And Shivering By Turns As The Temperature And Altitude Shoot Up And Down, Thrown In With The Appalling Mr Thornberry In Lim N And Reading Nightly To The Blind Writer, Borges, In Buenos Aires, Theroux Vividly Evokes The Contrasts Of A Journey To The End Of The Line


About the Author: Paul Theroux

Paul Edward Theroux is an American travel writer and novelist, whose best known work is The Great Railway Bazaar 1975 , a travelogue about a trip he made by train from Great Britain through Western and Eastern Europe, the Middle East, through South Asia, then South East Asia, up through East Asia, as far east as Japan, and then back across Russia to his point of origin Although perhaps best known as a travelogue writer, Theroux has also published numerous works of fiction, some of which were made into feature films He was awarded the 1981 James Tait Black Memorial Prize for his novel The Mosquito Coast.He is the father of Marcel and Louis Theroux, and the brother of Alexander and Peter Justin Theroux is his nephew.



10 thoughts on “The Old Patagonian Express: By Train Through the Americas

  1. says:

    Apart from the occasional quick dash on the Metro, I haven t had much of a train life, as never really needed them I do however recall the nostalgic memory of my first ever train ride aged about five, sitting on board just prior to departure I was excited and couldn t keep still, waiting for something extraordinary to happen, but the most euphoria I got wa


  2. says:

    This book tells the story of Paul Theroux s journey from his home in Boston, Massachusetts to the foot of South America, in 1978 He travelled almost exclusively by train many different trains and took it him about two months to reach his final destination, at Esquel From the snow of North America, through the heat of Central and South America and finally the bar


  3. says:

    Theroux s non fiction books can scarcely be classified as travel books They are not tourist guides, not for those planning to travel to the countries Theroux visits The places he visits are not the places tourists visit He is there for the ride He is there to observe the people, just ordinary people What he delivers are his personal thoughts on what he sees and the pe


  4. says:

    I am willing to change my mind Someone said that they liked the descriptions of this travel novel but would hate to have to go anywhere with this author I would prefer to hear about these places through the perspective of someone else Theroux is hard to read not due to the complexity of his prose, but because of his voice He is stuck up, self aggrandizing, and misanthropic


  5. says:

    I am a fan of Paul Theroux just so you know Having said that, unfortunately, I m not a big fan of this particular book It was just okay , in my humble opinion Usually, when reading Theroux, I am drawn into the journey, and find myself truly caring about the people, the places, and, of course, Paul s thoughts and feelings Not this time Maybe it is just me Your mileage may vary.I d


  6. says:

    I suppose Paul Theroux s travel writing isn t for everyone If you don t like his traveling persona you aren t likely to enjoy his books That being said, I like his traveling persona, so every travel book is a pleasure and there are still books to be read But I decided to read The Old Patagonia Express because a friend reminded me that he travels to South America in this book South Amer


  7. says:

    My third Paul Theroux book Last year I first came across Theroux s non fiction work The Happy Isles of Oceania Paddling the Pacific 1992 which I thoroughly enjoyed Theroux was travelling through almost all of the Pacific nations and went paddling here and there Then I read his fiction work The Mosquito Coast 1981 Theroux s voice sounds radically different in fiction compared to his non ficti


  8. says:

    Yes, he is a curmudgeon but I still love his books.This one in particular fed into my wish to someday travel I was a poor student who thought travel was only for the rich I didn t realize you could do it cheaply if you don t mind a few discomforts It gave the information I needed to take journeys that expanded my world view.The book reads like a diary of his travel from Boston to Tierra del Fuego,


  9. says:

    I hate not finishing books, but this might be one of those I cannot finish Or perhaps I ll finish it just to cement my bad opinion of it.I first read Dark Star Safari by Paul Theroux and must add that this was several years ago I absolutely adored it at the time I thought I would like this one just as much, and have been dying to buy it for a long time now The author walks you through every place he tra


  10. says:

    BLUUURRRRGGH is the one word I would choose to describe this book I might have somewhat enjoyed it were it not for the narrator, who is the most obnoxious and pretentious person on the planet He makes many references throughout the book to trimming his pencil moustache, which he is growing specifically for his trip, and to packing the bowl of his pipe He is snide and condescending to nearly everyone he meets,


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