The Great Railway Bazaar By Train Through Asia

Paul Theroux

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The acclaimed author recounts his epic journey across Europe and Asia in this international bestselling classic of travel literature: \”Compulsive reading\” (Graham Greene).

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In 1973, Paul Theroux embarked on a four-month journey by train from the United Kingdom through Europe, the Middle East, and Southeast Asia. In The Great Railway Bazaar, he records in vivid detail and penetrating insight the many fascinating incidents, adventures, and encounters of his grand, intercontinental tour.

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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 Theroux 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 – 9780141038841
Publisher – Penguin Books, Limited
Format – Paperback
Dimensions – 197mm X 130mm
Categories – Travel

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