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Page 1 of 1 Start over Page 1 of 1. Top Reviews Most recent Pxtagonian Reviews. What he delivers are his personal thoughts on what he sees and the people he meets.

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La Trochita on the bridge over the river Chubut — Photo: The Mosquito Coast seems appropriate. The author walks you through every place he travels, leaving you with a good sense of orientation and geography of the place he’s travel I hate not expreess books, but this might be one of those I cannot finish.

The seats had stumpy legs that had been turned on a lathe. I’m a big Paul Theroux fan, and this book delivered.

That is why the emotion they feel when they are in front of the old locomotives, born at the beginnings of the past century, is unequaled.

Had to put it down as I wasn’t enjoying it. Someone said that they liked the descriptions of this travel novel but would hate to have to go anywhere with this author. I am willing to change my mind.

The small proportions of this means of transportation make us think we exlress traveling on board of a toy. He has a witty impatience with loud tourist louts. I’d always heard that Theroux is cynical and negative and grumpy, so I was prepared to dislike him and his style, and for the first few ;atagonian of this book I felt that.


Until then I am afraid that I will not be able to finish this train trip to patagonia with Theroux as my guide.

But his 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. On a more serious note the children that Theroux encounters are well below the poverty line, like when he finds three young boys sleeping rough in a doorway, barely-clothed, using each other for warmth, one with a deathly cough.

The Old Patagonian Express: By Train Through the Americas

A week at the End of the World. But it was nice to get a feel of the region there. Requiem for the Detective Novel by Friedrich Durrenmatt. Contrary to other commenters here, I didn’t sense any humility. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. He shares what he is reading with us.

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Peru was a backwater and had yet to endure the long terrorist-counterterrorist war of the 90s. And it concludes with Theroux stroll I first read Paul Theroux’s travel books as a socially awkward middle schooler who dreamed of voyages to Borneo and Namibia. Nahuel Pan station — La Trochita — Esquel. This Theroux book was special to me as I want to visit South America more than anywhere else.

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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. For, 20 minutes or so after we had stopped, Erica was rounding up the snappers and shooing us all back on. One chapter deals with Theroux’s interaction with famed Argentinian writer Jorge Luis Borges, with whom Theroux enjoys Kipling, language, and food.

Home Travel with us! This part of the journey went by smooth and he managed to cross the borders easily. Finally in La Paz Bolivia did he manage to take the train across the border to Argentina, all the way to Buenos Aires. Customers who bought this item also bought. However, from El Salvador he had to take a plane to Costa Rica. 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 author in Penguin Modern Classics.

Andean Lakes Crossing Porteno Corner: These tourists are as special as the train itself: