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    DescriptionReturn to "The Great Railway Bazaar" in "Ghost Train to the Eastern Star" as Paul Theroux experiences the journey that launched his travel writing career for the second time. Thirty years ago Paul Theroux left London and travelled across Asia and back again by train. His account of the journey - "The Great Railway Bazaar" - was a landmark book and made his name as the foremost travel writer of his generation. Now Theroux makes the trip all over again to discover the changes that have swept the continents, and also learn what an old man will make of a young man's adventure. Covering his journey through Eastern Europe and Asia, "Ghost Train to the Eastern Star" is a brilliant chronicle of change and an exploration of how travel is 'the saddest of pleasures'. "A brilliant eye, readable and vivid. Theroux has still got it". ("Observer"). "A dazzler, giving us the highs and lows of his journey with tenderness and acerbic humour...fellow travelling weirdoes, amateur taxi drivers, bar-girls and long-suffering locals are brought vividly to life". ("Spectator"). "Fans of Theroux are not likely to be disappointed. Theroux has great descriptive skill...the world is slightly less unknown by virtue of reading the book". ("Sunday Telegraph"). 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", "The Old Patagonian Express", "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.


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    Title
    The Ghost Train to the Eastern Star
    Subtitle
    On the Tracks of 'The Great Railway Bazaar'
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Paul Theroux
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 496
    Width: 128 mm
    Height: 196 mm
    Thickness: 38 mm
    Weight: 299 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780141015729
    ISBN 10: 0141015721
    Classifications

    BIC geographical qualifier V2: 1F
    BIC E4L: TRV
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T8.5
    BIC subject category V2: WTL, WGF
    BIC geographical qualifier V2: 1DV
    BISAC Merchandising Theme: ET080
    Ingram Theme: CULT/INDIAN
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 23650
    Ingram Subject Code: TT
    Ingram Theme: CULT/CHINES, CULT/ASIAN
    Libri: ENGM5430
    BISAC V2.8: TRV003020, HIS000000, BIO026000
    BIC subject category V2: 1F
    DC22: 915.04425092, 915.0443
    BISAC V2.8: TRV003040
    Libri: ASIE5074
    BIC subject category V2: 1DV
    Thema V1.0: NH, WGF, WTL
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    Publisher
    Penguin Books Ltd
    Imprint name
    Penguin Books Ltd
    Publication date
    01 June 2010
    Publication City/Country
    London
    Author Information
    Paul Theroux's highly acclaimed books include Dark Star Safari, Riding the Iron Rooster, The Great Railway Bazaar, The Old Patagonian Express, Fresh Air Fiend and The Elephanta Suite. The Mosquito Coast and Dr Slaughter have both been made into successful films. Paul Theroux is also a frequent contributor to magazines, and divides his time between Cape Cod and the Hawaiian islands.
    Review quote
    'Funny, informative, lyrical. Theroux is a fabulously good writer. The brilliance lies in his ability to create a broad sweep of many countries' Guardian 'A dazzler, giving us the highs and lows of his journey and tenderness and acerbic humour ... fellow-travelling weirdoes, amateur taxi drivers, bar-girls and long-suffering locals are brought vividly to life' Spectator 'Relaxed, curious, confident, surprisingly tender. Theroux's writing has an immediate, vivid and cursory quality that gives it a collective strength' Sunday Times