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    DescriptionPaul Theroux returns to the transcontinental expedition that made "Great Railway Bazaar" a classic of travel literature and realizes--in rich, anecdotal detail--how much the world has changed. Half a lifetime ago, Paul Theroux virtually invented the modern travel narrative by recounting his grand tour by train through Asia. In the three decades since, the world he recorded in that book has undergone phenomenal change. The Soviet Union has collapsed and China has risen; India booms while Burma smothers under dictatorship; Vietnam flourishes in the aftermath of the havoc America was unleashing on it the last time he passed through. In "Ghost Train to the Eastern Star," Theroux re-creates that earlier journey. His odyssey takes him from eastern Europe, still hung-over from communism, through tense but thriving Turkey into the Caucasus, where Georgia limps back toward feudalism while its neighbor Azerbaijan revels in oil-fueled capitalism. Theroux is firsthand witness to it all, encountering adventures only he could have: from the literary (sparring with the incisive Nobel laureate Orhan Pamuk) to the dissolute (surviving a week-long bender on the Trans-Siberian Railroad). Wherever he goes, his omnivorous curiosity and unerring eye for detail never fail to inspire, enlighten, inform, and entertain.


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    Title
    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: 130 mm
    Height: 201 mm
    Thickness: 33 mm
    Weight: 454 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780547237930
    ISBN 10: 0547237936
    Classifications

    B&T Book Type: NF
    BIC E4L: TRG
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T14.3
    BIC subject category V2: WTH
    BIC geographical qualifier V2: 1FPC, 1FKA
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 01
    BIC subject category V2: WTL
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 05
    Libri: I-TT
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 43
    B&T General Subject: 800
    BISAC Merchandising Theme: ET080
    Ingram Theme: CULT/INDIAN
    B&T Merchandise Category: TVL
    LC subject heading:
    Ingram Subject Code: TT
    BISAC V2.8: TRV010000
    Ingram Theme: CULT/CHINES, CULT/ASIAN
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 23190
    B&T Modifier: Geographic Designator: 46
    BISAC V2.8: TRV003000
    B&T Approval Code: A19242000
    BISAC V2.8: TRV003020
    DC22: 915.04425092
    BISAC V2.8: TRV003040
    B&T Approval Code: P26108401
    DC22: 915.04/425092
    LC classification: DS10 .T42 2009
    LC subject heading:
    DC21: 915.04425092
    Thema V1.0: WTH, WTL
    Edition statement
    Reprint
    Illustrations note
    maps
    Publisher
    Mariner Books
    Imprint name
    Mariner Books
    Publication date
    06 August 2009
    Review quote
    "Spectacular . . . as much an emotional journey as a physical pilgrimage." -- "Christian Science Monitor" "With the world on a fast train to the godforsaken, Theroux counsels you to take the local -- with its longueurs, aromas, riddles, and many stations." -- "San Francisco Chronicle" "Engaging and brilliant . . . can only add to his stature as one of our most original and agile writers." -- "Minneapolis Star Tribune""An elegy for an epic writing career and a diminishing world . . . few writers can so precisely capture the strange qualities of travel." -- "Outside" "In "Ghost Train to the Eastern Star" Theroux retraces the path he took 33 years earlier, assessing with his sharp eye and astringent pen what has changed and what has remained the same in the people and cultures he first encountered in his early 30s." -- "Chicago Tribune" "Theroux takes us not to mere places, but to regions in the mind that we likely haven't known before." -- "Rocky Mountain News" "Theroux puts the brakes on his relentless momentum long enough to deliver some of his strongest writing and rewarding commentary on his beloved India . . . His prose explodes with texture, depth, and wisdom." -- "Boston Globe" "Traveling 28,000 miles with Paul Theroux is a lot like traveling the world with a long-lost friend." -- "Milwaukee Journal Sentinel" "Brilliant. No one writes with Theroux's head-on intensity and raptness, and his descriptions made me want to jump on the next plane to Istanbul (and also, of course, to many of the other places he evokes). I particularly loved the spectral motif, the ghosts and shadows and underground presences that flit through the narrative, giving the whole a half-seen and haunting dimension that no book of travels I've ever read conjures up." -- Pico Iyer "Much of his writing reflects affection for the people in whose midst he is apt to find himself, and a spirit of inquiry that is part anthropological and part autobiographical." -- "Wall Street Journal" "Theroux is t