The Old Patagonian Express: By Train Through the Americas by Paul Theroux

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The Old Patagonian Express: By Train Through the Americas Read Online Free - Award-winning travel writer Paul Theroux invites you aboard The Old Patagonian Express by Train through the Americas; packed with powerful descriptions and portraits of the many colours of humanity, The Old Patagonian Express is an unforgettable read.

A witty sharply observed journey down the length 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 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 Limón 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'.

American travel writer Paul Theroux is known for the rich descriptions of people and places that is often streaked with his distinctive sense of irony; his other non-fiction titles, Riding the Iron Rooster, The Happy Isles of Oceania, Sunrise with Seamonsters, The Kingdom by the Sea, The Tao of Travel, Ghost Train to the Eastern Star, The Great Railway Bazaar, Dark Star Safari, Fresh-air Fiend, Sir Vidia's Shadow, The Pillars of Hercules, and his novels and collections of short stories, including the James Tait Black Memorial Prize winner The Mosquito Coast are available from Penguin.

Title : The Old Patagonian Express: By Train Through the Americas
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ISBN : 0140249796
Edition Language : English
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 432 pages


Steven rated it ★★★★☆

May 14, 2017

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 som...

Patrick rated it ★★★★★

November 15, 2012

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...

Mike rated it ★☆☆☆☆

February 01, 2013

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 pr...

Elizabeth rated it ★★★★★

April 19, 2012

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 tak...

Missy J rated it ★★★★☆

February 04, 2017

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...

Isabel rated it ★☆☆☆☆

January 27, 2015

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 on...

Hákon rated it ★★★☆☆

October 22, 2016

There are parts in this book which I find brilliant, funny, entertaining, and even deep. A description of reading Lovecraft on a train full of people that probably thought the name referred to something naughty is quite good for example. It's just a little too much of this book. I think I might h...

Jim rated it ★★★★★

November 29, 2015

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. By now, many of the trains he describes no longer exist; so he has produced, at the very least, a valuable historical document. The Old Patagonian...

Heather rated it ★★☆☆☆

November 27, 2007

why anybody would want to waste their time reading this judgmental, curmudgeon of a book by a guy who doesn't even want to visit anything, yet is so cocky in calling himself a traveler and not a tourist, is beyond me... reminds me way too much of an old professor i once dated. and, no, i did not...

Shantanoo rated it ★★★★☆

May 21, 2016

"I had arrived in Patagonia, and i laughed when I remembered I had come here from Boston, on a subway train that people take to work." Call me a fanatic of Theroux's work, but travel writing isn't always about "Sugar-coating" your experiences with Wows and Awes. Paul is undoubtedly the Best in his...

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