The Old Patagonian Express

The Old Patagonian Express : By Train Through the Americas

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The "old Patagonian Express" was the last train Paul Theroux took in his journey from Boston to Patagonia. Some of the trains were superb, but most were deplorable and the journey was one of contrasts in people, in temperature, in scenery, in altitude, and in attitude. The people, extraordinary, eccentric, replusive, individualistic: the appalling Mr Thornberry, the bogus priest in Cali, and - very different - their blind writer Borges in Buenos Aires.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 432 pages
  • 109.22 x 177.8 x 22.86mm | 181.44g
  • Penguin Books Ltd
  • London, United Kingdom
  • New edition
  • 0140054936
  • 9780140054934

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The ultimate trip for armchair travellers - by train from Boston to the limits of South America. Acerbic, perceptive and with a marvellous eye for detail. (Kirkus UK)show more

Table of contents

1 The Lake Shore Limited 2 'Me Lone Star 3 The Aztec Eagle 4 El Jarocho to Veracruz 5 The Passenger Train to Tapachula 6 The 7:30 to Guatemala City 7 The 7:00 to Zacapa 8 'The Railcar to San Salvador 9 The Local to Cutuoo 10 The Atlantic Railway: the 12:00 to Limon 11 The Pacific Railway: the 10:00 to Puntarenas 12 The Balboa Bullet to Colon 13 The Express de Sol to Bogota 14 The Expreso Calima 15 The Autoferro to Guayaquil 16 The Tren de la Sierra 17 The Train to Machu Picchu 18 El Panamericano 19 La Estrella del Norte ('The North Star') to Buenos Aires 20. The Buenos Aires Subterranean 21. The Lagos del Sur (Lakes of the South') Express 22 The Old Patagonian Expressshow more

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