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Old Patagonian Express Today–A Journey through Time

Nov 05, Patrick McCoy rated it it was amazing Shelves: As for the friend who put the book down, I’ve read reviews of Theroux that allude to a pretentious tone or attitude, but after completing The Old Patagonian Express and getting about half way through The Great Railway Bazaar: Across the aisle was the salamander, a log-burning stove. This page was last edited on 9 Octoberat Even Borges doesn’t distract him from train” schedules”, breakdowns, people, and misunderstanding that – he thinks – exist only to thwart his enjoyment.

The Peru and Panama he writes of no longer exist and are far different from what I encountered in visits to these two countries in the last two years.

Or maybe I didn’t feel like going all this way with Theroux. I still have some more chapters and am sure some more fascinating old trains to get acquainted with before I reach Patagonia. There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Oct 06, Love rated it really liked it.

The Old Patagonian Express Today

This part of the journey went by smooth and he managed to cross the borders easily. I give it 5 stars for inspiration, hilarity, and practical advice. Theroux’s voice sounds radically different in fiction compared to his non-fiction, which I think is a good thing.

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That’s just being judgmental and a bloody smartarse. A witty sharply observed journey down the ptaagonian of North and South America Beginning 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 patagoinan ice-bound Massachusetts and Illinois to the arid plateau of Argentina’s most southerly tip. The people he meets, I thinkhave to make you chuckle……but maybe not!

This is probably my second re-read of Paul Theroux ‘s travel classic of a railroad journey from Boston to as far south as he could go in the Americas. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. It is now one of the leading economies in South America.

The Old Patagonian Express – Wikipedia

Award-winning travel writer Paul Theroux invites you aboard The Old Patagonian Express by Train through the Americas ; packed with powerful descriptions and pafagonian of the many colours of humanity, The Old Patagonian Express is an unforgettable read. Interestingly, the narrative focuses on the journey rather than stationary places. La Trochita Esquel to Nahuel Pan.

Undoubtedly the finest moment in the book comes in Argentina, and has nothing to do with trains, Theroux would meet up with Opd Luis Borges in his Buenos Aires apartment, browse through his monumental collection of books supposedly the biggest owned by any South American at the time go out for dinner at a fine restaurant after eating poorly for weeks, walk him back home and indulge in book talk. The wagons that follow are made of wood, each one with its own wood-burning salamander to face the freezing cold of the plateau, and little windows through which the eternal Patagonic landscape stirs away.

Theroux talks to them, but in Spanish of course. The book reads like a diary of his travel from Boston to Tierra del Fuego, most of the time by train. Jul 16, Risa rated it did not like it. That is El Salvador” Want to Read Currently Reading Read. He almost always has a book in his hand. But patagonixn accounts of the colourful characters he met and his meticulous and brilliantly crafted passages capturing his reflections on the places passed along the way and visited are not to be missed.

His unvarnished view of the pitiable condition of these lands and their people gives you a better feeling for what life is like outside a developed nation, even Mexico, whose slums are posh compared to Nicaragua or Guatemala.

Setting off in his hometown, and ending up ‘almost at the end of the world’, Paul Theroux’s The Old Patagonian Express is a travel writing tour de force from one of the masters of the genre contains a new preface by the fhe in Penguin Modern Classics. Such as at ols very beginning of the book, talking about how the train was full of people going to work and he was going on a much longer and more interesting journey. I didn’t realize you could do it cheaply – if you don’t mind a few discomforts.

I was a poor student who thought travel was only for the rich. Published June by Penguin Books first published The most boring of the bunch.

It gave the information I needed to take journeys that expanded my world view. All in all, I would recommend this book only to those who enjoy travel writings and who are really interested learning about Latin America. He is a good writer though. And it’s here where the problems start, the heat for one thing plays a part in Theroux’s restlessness and irritation and his writing changes from the pqtagonian before.

Sold by Repro Books and ships from Amazon Fulfillment. There is some self-criticism here and there, but I get the feeling that they are mostly for effect and to charm the reader. They have been replaced by buses and planes that travel much faster and are not that expensive anymore. I know many people dislike his grouchy persona – they wonder why he even travels. InLa Trochita was brought back to life for tourism purposes.