The Great Railway Bazaar

The Great Railway Bazaar

First published more than thirty years ago, Paul Theroux's strange, unique, and hugely entertaining railway odyssey has become a modern classic of travel literature. Here Theroux recounts his early adventures on an unusual grand continental tour. Asia's fabled trains -- the Orient Express, the Khyber Pass Local, the Frontier Mail, the Golden Arrow to Kuala Lumpur, the Mand First published more than thirty years ago, Paul Theroux's strange, unique, and hugely entertaining railway odyssey has b...

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Title:The Great Railway Bazaar
Author:Paul Theroux
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Genres:Travel
ISBN:The Great Railway Bazaar: By Train Through Asia
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Edition Language:English
Format Type:Paperback
Number of Pages:342 pages pages

The Great Railway Bazaar Reviews

  • Jenny (Reading Envy)
    Jul 24, 2013

    Paul Theroux...you are a miserable bastard. On every excruciating page of this around Europe and Asia whine-fest, I wanted to shake your self-righteous little New England prick shoulders and beat some enjoyment into your crabby-bastardness. The trains are late or crowded or smel...

    I?ve been hearing about Theroux for years and yet had never read one of books. The idea of reading about a man journeying alone was something I couldn?t quite settle to. Would it be tedious and repetitious? Perhaps it?d be like delving into one of those dry guidebooks we?ve all...

    oh dear, yes, he's observant and turns a pretty phrase on every page, makes you laugh, etc. but he's so contemptuous of everyone he comes across i lost interest. skipped all the trains between india and the soviet union. he really loses it at the end and addresses all the russians he m...

    Penso (pensava) que viajar algo para viver, no para ler ou ouvir contar; por isso nunca me interessei por literatura de viagens. Mas como tenho um fraquinho por comboios, e muitos dos livros do Paul Theroux tm comboios nas capas, decidi escolher um para experimentar: O Grande Ba...

    The book is an account of a journey through Europe and Asia by train. The concept is good, and the author made a great journey, and has the gift of story telling. But the author himself comes across as a stupid, rude and horrible person who abuses random people, makes snide remarks, pl...

    I started out liking this book, but the author started to grate on my nerves. He took an amazing trip on trains from Europe to Turkey to Iran through Asia including Thailand, Japan, and Siberia. For a large portion of his journey, he is following the "hippie trail," popular in the 1960...

  • Kirsten
    May 13, 2008

    Paul Theroux...you are a miserable bastard. On every excruciating page of this around Europe and Asia whine-fest, I wanted to shake your self-righteous little New England prick shoulders and beat some enjoyment into your crabby-bastardness. The trains are late or crowded or smel...

    I?ve been hearing about Theroux for years and yet had never read one of books. The idea of reading about a man journeying alone was something I couldn?t quite settle to. Would it be tedious and repetitious? Perhaps it?d be like delving into one of those dry guidebooks we?ve all...

    oh dear, yes, he's observant and turns a pretty phrase on every page, makes you laugh, etc. but he's so contemptuous of everyone he comes across i lost interest. skipped all the trains between india and the soviet union. he really loses it at the end and addresses all the russians he m...

  • Caleb
    Apr 06, 2011

    Paul Theroux...you are a miserable bastard. On every excruciating page of this around Europe and Asia whine-fest, I wanted to shake your self-righteous little New England prick shoulders and beat some enjoyment into your crabby-bastardness. The trains are late or crowded or smel...

    I?ve been hearing about Theroux for years and yet had never read one of books. The idea of reading about a man journeying alone was something I couldn?t quite settle to. Would it be tedious and repetitious? Perhaps it?d be like delving into one of those dry guidebooks we?ve all...

    oh dear, yes, he's observant and turns a pretty phrase on every page, makes you laugh, etc. but he's so contemptuous of everyone he comes across i lost interest. skipped all the trains between india and the soviet union. he really loses it at the end and addresses all the russians he m...

    Penso (pensava) que viajar algo para viver, no para ler ou ouvir contar; por isso nunca me interessei por literatura de viagens. Mas como tenho um fraquinho por comboios, e muitos dos livros do Paul Theroux tm comboios nas capas, decidi escolher um para experimentar: O Grande Ba...

    The book is an account of a journey through Europe and Asia by train. The concept is good, and the author made a great journey, and has the gift of story telling. But the author himself comes across as a stupid, rude and horrible person who abuses random people, makes snide remarks, pl...

    I started out liking this book, but the author started to grate on my nerves. He took an amazing trip on trains from Europe to Turkey to Iran through Asia including Thailand, Japan, and Siberia. For a large portion of his journey, he is following the "hippie trail," popular in the 1960...

    I really want to take this exact 1975 series of train journeys - I mean who wouldn't - The Orient Express , The Golden Arrow , The Trans-Siberian but I can't even make it out of France with this obnoxious, Eurocentric, Chablis swilling, ..... I know its a travel classic but its terr...

    So Paul Theroux takes a trip from Paris to Japan and back, all on the railroad (with some minor air and sea deviations), seeing the world in all its sundry chaos on the way. I couldn't have been more excited to start this book when I did, being a lover of train travel (mostly without t...

    Less a travel book and more a book about the physical act of travelling. Theroux has a refreshing lack of romance about the journey and the places he visits; most places are dirty, dull, unbearably hot or cold, and full of locals whose sole aim seems to be to rip him off. And although ...

    In theory nothing is more romantic than a long voyage aboard a train. In reality you tend to get yourself into strange situations, meet questionable characters, occasionally starve, and be left to your own devices and demons for days at a time, while you bob gently in solitude alon...

    Whereas this appears on the surface to be the story of one man taking trains around Asia, it is more an exploration of Theroux's own internal wanderlust. It is also fascinating to today's readers since it was written in 1975 and so much has changed since then, though perhaps most insis...

    The travelogue of a drunk, imperialist, chauvinist, self-righteous, elitist travelling in first class, flaunting rules and baksheesh in equal measure, and generally getting on everybody's nerves and goodwill. With that as the base, the rest of the book is engaging enough, especially th...

    This book portrays how I feel about travel better than I can articulate. It shows all the effort, the trouble, the fear, the discomfort, the cost, the worry - all the unpleasantness about travel - but at the same time shows why people want to travel despite it all. Not that I would tra...

    Aqui est um pequeno mundo dentro de um livro. Um mundo em movimento e parado ao mesmo tempo, como uma viagem de combio. um sonho viajar e esta aparenta, a mim pelo menos, ser uma viagem de sonho, mas concretiza-nos ao ponto de nos sentirmos como parte da bagagem. Foi uma experi?...

    I love Paul Theroux and this, one his first is the one which set me off. I wanted to re-read it before reading his new book about taking the same trip across Europe and Asia some thirty years later. In the early 70s which he writes about in this book there were no railways in Afghanis...

    This is the book that began a sub-genre of travel writing, or so it seems. While there are many varieties of travel narratives, Paul Theroux in The Great Railway Bazaar takes the reader in a somewhat different direction, for this author's travel books are in many ways more self-reflect...

    Just so we're clear from the beginning, Paul Theroux is a dick. Or a misanthrope or whatever else you want to call him. Now that we've got that behind us, this is one of the best books (and especially best travelogues) I have read. Written in 1975, Theroux traveled for four months by t...

  • Melissa
    Jan 08, 2011

    Paul Theroux...you are a miserable bastard. On every excruciating page of this around Europe and Asia whine-fest, I wanted to shake your self-righteous little New England prick shoulders and beat some enjoyment into your crabby-bastardness. The trains are late or crowded or smel...

    I?ve been hearing about Theroux for years and yet had never read one of books. The idea of reading about a man journeying alone was something I couldn?t quite settle to. Would it be tedious and repetitious? Perhaps it?d be like delving into one of those dry guidebooks we?ve all...

    oh dear, yes, he's observant and turns a pretty phrase on every page, makes you laugh, etc. but he's so contemptuous of everyone he comes across i lost interest. skipped all the trains between india and the soviet union. he really loses it at the end and addresses all the russians he m...

    Penso (pensava) que viajar algo para viver, no para ler ou ouvir contar; por isso nunca me interessei por literatura de viagens. Mas como tenho um fraquinho por comboios, e muitos dos livros do Paul Theroux tm comboios nas capas, decidi escolher um para experimentar: O Grande Ba...

    The book is an account of a journey through Europe and Asia by train. The concept is good, and the author made a great journey, and has the gift of story telling. But the author himself comes across as a stupid, rude and horrible person who abuses random people, makes snide remarks, pl...

    I started out liking this book, but the author started to grate on my nerves. He took an amazing trip on trains from Europe to Turkey to Iran through Asia including Thailand, Japan, and Siberia. For a large portion of his journey, he is following the "hippie trail," popular in the 1960...

    I really want to take this exact 1975 series of train journeys - I mean who wouldn't - The Orient Express , The Golden Arrow , The Trans-Siberian but I can't even make it out of France with this obnoxious, Eurocentric, Chablis swilling, ..... I know its a travel classic but its terr...

    So Paul Theroux takes a trip from Paris to Japan and back, all on the railroad (with some minor air and sea deviations), seeing the world in all its sundry chaos on the way. I couldn't have been more excited to start this book when I did, being a lover of train travel (mostly without t...

    Less a travel book and more a book about the physical act of travelling. Theroux has a refreshing lack of romance about the journey and the places he visits; most places are dirty, dull, unbearably hot or cold, and full of locals whose sole aim seems to be to rip him off. And although ...

    In theory nothing is more romantic than a long voyage aboard a train. In reality you tend to get yourself into strange situations, meet questionable characters, occasionally starve, and be left to your own devices and demons for days at a time, while you bob gently in solitude alon...

    Whereas this appears on the surface to be the story of one man taking trains around Asia, it is more an exploration of Theroux's own internal wanderlust. It is also fascinating to today's readers since it was written in 1975 and so much has changed since then, though perhaps most insis...

    The travelogue of a drunk, imperialist, chauvinist, self-righteous, elitist travelling in first class, flaunting rules and baksheesh in equal measure, and generally getting on everybody's nerves and goodwill. With that as the base, the rest of the book is engaging enough, especially th...

    This book portrays how I feel about travel better than I can articulate. It shows all the effort, the trouble, the fear, the discomfort, the cost, the worry - all the unpleasantness about travel - but at the same time shows why people want to travel despite it all. Not that I would tra...

  • Andrew
    Apr 10, 2010

    Paul Theroux...you are a miserable bastard. On every excruciating page of this around Europe and Asia whine-fest, I wanted to shake your self-righteous little New England prick shoulders and beat some enjoyment into your crabby-bastardness. The trains are late or crowded or smel...

    I?ve been hearing about Theroux for years and yet had never read one of books. The idea of reading about a man journeying alone was something I couldn?t quite settle to. Would it be tedious and repetitious? Perhaps it?d be like delving into one of those dry guidebooks we?ve all...

    oh dear, yes, he's observant and turns a pretty phrase on every page, makes you laugh, etc. but he's so contemptuous of everyone he comes across i lost interest. skipped all the trains between india and the soviet union. he really loses it at the end and addresses all the russians he m...

    Penso (pensava) que viajar algo para viver, no para ler ou ouvir contar; por isso nunca me interessei por literatura de viagens. Mas como tenho um fraquinho por comboios, e muitos dos livros do Paul Theroux tm comboios nas capas, decidi escolher um para experimentar: O Grande Ba...

    The book is an account of a journey through Europe and Asia by train. The concept is good, and the author made a great journey, and has the gift of story telling. But the author himself comes across as a stupid, rude and horrible person who abuses random people, makes snide remarks, pl...

    I started out liking this book, but the author started to grate on my nerves. He took an amazing trip on trains from Europe to Turkey to Iran through Asia including Thailand, Japan, and Siberia. For a large portion of his journey, he is following the "hippie trail," popular in the 1960...

    I really want to take this exact 1975 series of train journeys - I mean who wouldn't - The Orient Express , The Golden Arrow , The Trans-Siberian but I can't even make it out of France with this obnoxious, Eurocentric, Chablis swilling, ..... I know its a travel classic but its terr...

    So Paul Theroux takes a trip from Paris to Japan and back, all on the railroad (with some minor air and sea deviations), seeing the world in all its sundry chaos on the way. I couldn't have been more excited to start this book when I did, being a lover of train travel (mostly without t...

    Less a travel book and more a book about the physical act of travelling. Theroux has a refreshing lack of romance about the journey and the places he visits; most places are dirty, dull, unbearably hot or cold, and full of locals whose sole aim seems to be to rip him off. And although ...

    In theory nothing is more romantic than a long voyage aboard a train. In reality you tend to get yourself into strange situations, meet questionable characters, occasionally starve, and be left to your own devices and demons for days at a time, while you bob gently in solitude alon...

    Whereas this appears on the surface to be the story of one man taking trains around Asia, it is more an exploration of Theroux's own internal wanderlust. It is also fascinating to today's readers since it was written in 1975 and so much has changed since then, though perhaps most insis...

    The travelogue of a drunk, imperialist, chauvinist, self-righteous, elitist travelling in first class, flaunting rules and baksheesh in equal measure, and generally getting on everybody's nerves and goodwill. With that as the base, the rest of the book is engaging enough, especially th...

    This book portrays how I feel about travel better than I can articulate. It shows all the effort, the trouble, the fear, the discomfort, the cost, the worry - all the unpleasantness about travel - but at the same time shows why people want to travel despite it all. Not that I would tra...

    Aqui est um pequeno mundo dentro de um livro. Um mundo em movimento e parado ao mesmo tempo, como uma viagem de combio. um sonho viajar e esta aparenta, a mim pelo menos, ser uma viagem de sonho, mas concretiza-nos ao ponto de nos sentirmos como parte da bagagem. Foi uma experi?...

    I love Paul Theroux and this, one his first is the one which set me off. I wanted to re-read it before reading his new book about taking the same trip across Europe and Asia some thirty years later. In the early 70s which he writes about in this book there were no railways in Afghanis...

    This is the book that began a sub-genre of travel writing, or so it seems. While there are many varieties of travel narratives, Paul Theroux in The Great Railway Bazaar takes the reader in a somewhat different direction, for this author's travel books are in many ways more self-reflect...

    Just so we're clear from the beginning, Paul Theroux is a dick. Or a misanthrope or whatever else you want to call him. Now that we've got that behind us, this is one of the best books (and especially best travelogues) I have read. Written in 1975, Theroux traveled for four months by t...

    It took me over 40 days to complete this book and I was so glad when it ended. Not because I didn't like it, it just got very exhausting by the end. Also, because I was frustrated I was taking so much time and I hadn't finished any book in 2016. I loved the India and Vietnam chapters, ...

    A great read -- no review here, but will comment when I've read (soon) Ghost Train..., which is The Great Railway Bazaar redux, 30 years later. ...

    Anno 1973. Il giro dell'Asia in treno, senza passare dalla Cina, partendo da Londra. Da Parigi a Istanbul si va con l'Orient Express (esisteva ancora, anche se molto scalcagnato), poi Turchia, Iran, Afghanistan, Pakistan, India (compresa Ceylon), Birmania, Thailandia, Malesia, Cambogia...

    From my February 5, 2007 blog http://blogs.sun.com/katysblog/entry/... The Great Railway Bazaar (by Paul Theroux) I finished one book on the drive home and had to go to Border's for a new book to get me through dinner. I thus interrupted my current naval reading theme with the q...

    This is perhaps the dullest travelogue that I've ever read. Imagine cruising from London through Paris, Turkey, Iran, Afghanistan, Pakistan, India, Thailand, Japan, Siberia and back to London on nothing but trains for commute - long journeys punctuated with local food, local people, lo...

    Show Dont Tell. There are descriptions instead of conversations, there is scorn (and racism maybe) instead of understanding, acidic snobbery instead of empathy and a lot of whining. Even Naipaul was harsh in his criticism, but here the criticism extends to making fun of people's appea...

    The vast majority of travel writing is bullshit, unreadable trash written by pretentious windbags about their supposedly "unique" experiences... But Paul Theroux pulls it off. Perhaps it's shitty of me to say this, but he does an awfully good job of vocalizing my own misanthropic pe...

  • Tom
    Dec 29, 2008

    Paul Theroux...you are a miserable bastard. On every excruciating page of this around Europe and Asia whine-fest, I wanted to shake your self-righteous little New England prick shoulders and beat some enjoyment into your crabby-bastardness. The trains are late or crowded or smel...

    I?ve been hearing about Theroux for years and yet had never read one of books. The idea of reading about a man journeying alone was something I couldn?t quite settle to. Would it be tedious and repetitious? Perhaps it?d be like delving into one of those dry guidebooks we?ve all...

    oh dear, yes, he's observant and turns a pretty phrase on every page, makes you laugh, etc. but he's so contemptuous of everyone he comes across i lost interest. skipped all the trains between india and the soviet union. he really loses it at the end and addresses all the russians he m...

    Penso (pensava) que viajar algo para viver, no para ler ou ouvir contar; por isso nunca me interessei por literatura de viagens. Mas como tenho um fraquinho por comboios, e muitos dos livros do Paul Theroux tm comboios nas capas, decidi escolher um para experimentar: O Grande Ba...

    The book is an account of a journey through Europe and Asia by train. The concept is good, and the author made a great journey, and has the gift of story telling. But the author himself comes across as a stupid, rude and horrible person who abuses random people, makes snide remarks, pl...

    I started out liking this book, but the author started to grate on my nerves. He took an amazing trip on trains from Europe to Turkey to Iran through Asia including Thailand, Japan, and Siberia. For a large portion of his journey, he is following the "hippie trail," popular in the 1960...

    I really want to take this exact 1975 series of train journeys - I mean who wouldn't - The Orient Express , The Golden Arrow , The Trans-Siberian but I can't even make it out of France with this obnoxious, Eurocentric, Chablis swilling, ..... I know its a travel classic but its terr...

    So Paul Theroux takes a trip from Paris to Japan and back, all on the railroad (with some minor air and sea deviations), seeing the world in all its sundry chaos on the way. I couldn't have been more excited to start this book when I did, being a lover of train travel (mostly without t...

    Less a travel book and more a book about the physical act of travelling. Theroux has a refreshing lack of romance about the journey and the places he visits; most places are dirty, dull, unbearably hot or cold, and full of locals whose sole aim seems to be to rip him off. And although ...

    In theory nothing is more romantic than a long voyage aboard a train. In reality you tend to get yourself into strange situations, meet questionable characters, occasionally starve, and be left to your own devices and demons for days at a time, while you bob gently in solitude alon...

    Whereas this appears on the surface to be the story of one man taking trains around Asia, it is more an exploration of Theroux's own internal wanderlust. It is also fascinating to today's readers since it was written in 1975 and so much has changed since then, though perhaps most insis...

    The travelogue of a drunk, imperialist, chauvinist, self-righteous, elitist travelling in first class, flaunting rules and baksheesh in equal measure, and generally getting on everybody's nerves and goodwill. With that as the base, the rest of the book is engaging enough, especially th...

    This book portrays how I feel about travel better than I can articulate. It shows all the effort, the trouble, the fear, the discomfort, the cost, the worry - all the unpleasantness about travel - but at the same time shows why people want to travel despite it all. Not that I would tra...

    Aqui est um pequeno mundo dentro de um livro. Um mundo em movimento e parado ao mesmo tempo, como uma viagem de combio. um sonho viajar e esta aparenta, a mim pelo menos, ser uma viagem de sonho, mas concretiza-nos ao ponto de nos sentirmos como parte da bagagem. Foi uma experi?...

    I love Paul Theroux and this, one his first is the one which set me off. I wanted to re-read it before reading his new book about taking the same trip across Europe and Asia some thirty years later. In the early 70s which he writes about in this book there were no railways in Afghanis...

  • Jeremy Allan
    May 28, 2013

    Paul Theroux...you are a miserable bastard. On every excruciating page of this around Europe and Asia whine-fest, I wanted to shake your self-righteous little New England prick shoulders and beat some enjoyment into your crabby-bastardness. The trains are late or crowded or smel...

    I?ve been hearing about Theroux for years and yet had never read one of books. The idea of reading about a man journeying alone was something I couldn?t quite settle to. Would it be tedious and repetitious? Perhaps it?d be like delving into one of those dry guidebooks we?ve all...

    oh dear, yes, he's observant and turns a pretty phrase on every page, makes you laugh, etc. but he's so contemptuous of everyone he comes across i lost interest. skipped all the trains between india and the soviet union. he really loses it at the end and addresses all the russians he m...

    Penso (pensava) que viajar algo para viver, no para ler ou ouvir contar; por isso nunca me interessei por literatura de viagens. Mas como tenho um fraquinho por comboios, e muitos dos livros do Paul Theroux tm comboios nas capas, decidi escolher um para experimentar: O Grande Ba...

    The book is an account of a journey through Europe and Asia by train. The concept is good, and the author made a great journey, and has the gift of story telling. But the author himself comes across as a stupid, rude and horrible person who abuses random people, makes snide remarks, pl...

    I started out liking this book, but the author started to grate on my nerves. He took an amazing trip on trains from Europe to Turkey to Iran through Asia including Thailand, Japan, and Siberia. For a large portion of his journey, he is following the "hippie trail," popular in the 1960...

    I really want to take this exact 1975 series of train journeys - I mean who wouldn't - The Orient Express , The Golden Arrow , The Trans-Siberian but I can't even make it out of France with this obnoxious, Eurocentric, Chablis swilling, ..... I know its a travel classic but its terr...

    So Paul Theroux takes a trip from Paris to Japan and back, all on the railroad (with some minor air and sea deviations), seeing the world in all its sundry chaos on the way. I couldn't have been more excited to start this book when I did, being a lover of train travel (mostly without t...

  • Lindsay Roberts
    Mar 10, 2010

    Paul Theroux...you are a miserable bastard. On every excruciating page of this around Europe and Asia whine-fest, I wanted to shake your self-righteous little New England prick shoulders and beat some enjoyment into your crabby-bastardness. The trains are late or crowded or smel...

    I?ve been hearing about Theroux for years and yet had never read one of books. The idea of reading about a man journeying alone was something I couldn?t quite settle to. Would it be tedious and repetitious? Perhaps it?d be like delving into one of those dry guidebooks we?ve all...

    oh dear, yes, he's observant and turns a pretty phrase on every page, makes you laugh, etc. but he's so contemptuous of everyone he comes across i lost interest. skipped all the trains between india and the soviet union. he really loses it at the end and addresses all the russians he m...

    Penso (pensava) que viajar algo para viver, no para ler ou ouvir contar; por isso nunca me interessei por literatura de viagens. Mas como tenho um fraquinho por comboios, e muitos dos livros do Paul Theroux tm comboios nas capas, decidi escolher um para experimentar: O Grande Ba...

    The book is an account of a journey through Europe and Asia by train. The concept is good, and the author made a great journey, and has the gift of story telling. But the author himself comes across as a stupid, rude and horrible person who abuses random people, makes snide remarks, pl...

    I started out liking this book, but the author started to grate on my nerves. He took an amazing trip on trains from Europe to Turkey to Iran through Asia including Thailand, Japan, and Siberia. For a large portion of his journey, he is following the "hippie trail," popular in the 1960...

    I really want to take this exact 1975 series of train journeys - I mean who wouldn't - The Orient Express , The Golden Arrow , The Trans-Siberian but I can't even make it out of France with this obnoxious, Eurocentric, Chablis swilling, ..... I know its a travel classic but its terr...

    So Paul Theroux takes a trip from Paris to Japan and back, all on the railroad (with some minor air and sea deviations), seeing the world in all its sundry chaos on the way. I couldn't have been more excited to start this book when I did, being a lover of train travel (mostly without t...

    Less a travel book and more a book about the physical act of travelling. Theroux has a refreshing lack of romance about the journey and the places he visits; most places are dirty, dull, unbearably hot or cold, and full of locals whose sole aim seems to be to rip him off. And although ...

    In theory nothing is more romantic than a long voyage aboard a train. In reality you tend to get yourself into strange situations, meet questionable characters, occasionally starve, and be left to your own devices and demons for days at a time, while you bob gently in solitude alon...

    Whereas this appears on the surface to be the story of one man taking trains around Asia, it is more an exploration of Theroux's own internal wanderlust. It is also fascinating to today's readers since it was written in 1975 and so much has changed since then, though perhaps most insis...

    The travelogue of a drunk, imperialist, chauvinist, self-righteous, elitist travelling in first class, flaunting rules and baksheesh in equal measure, and generally getting on everybody's nerves and goodwill. With that as the base, the rest of the book is engaging enough, especially th...

    This book portrays how I feel about travel better than I can articulate. It shows all the effort, the trouble, the fear, the discomfort, the cost, the worry - all the unpleasantness about travel - but at the same time shows why people want to travel despite it all. Not that I would tra...

    Aqui est um pequeno mundo dentro de um livro. Um mundo em movimento e parado ao mesmo tempo, como uma viagem de combio. um sonho viajar e esta aparenta, a mim pelo menos, ser uma viagem de sonho, mas concretiza-nos ao ponto de nos sentirmos como parte da bagagem. Foi uma experi?...

    I love Paul Theroux and this, one his first is the one which set me off. I wanted to re-read it before reading his new book about taking the same trip across Europe and Asia some thirty years later. In the early 70s which he writes about in this book there were no railways in Afghanis...

    This is the book that began a sub-genre of travel writing, or so it seems. While there are many varieties of travel narratives, Paul Theroux in The Great Railway Bazaar takes the reader in a somewhat different direction, for this author's travel books are in many ways more self-reflect...

    Just so we're clear from the beginning, Paul Theroux is a dick. Or a misanthrope or whatever else you want to call him. Now that we've got that behind us, this is one of the best books (and especially best travelogues) I have read. Written in 1975, Theroux traveled for four months by t...

    It took me over 40 days to complete this book and I was so glad when it ended. Not because I didn't like it, it just got very exhausting by the end. Also, because I was frustrated I was taking so much time and I hadn't finished any book in 2016. I loved the India and Vietnam chapters, ...

    A great read -- no review here, but will comment when I've read (soon) Ghost Train..., which is The Great Railway Bazaar redux, 30 years later. ...

    Anno 1973. Il giro dell'Asia in treno, senza passare dalla Cina, partendo da Londra. Da Parigi a Istanbul si va con l'Orient Express (esisteva ancora, anche se molto scalcagnato), poi Turchia, Iran, Afghanistan, Pakistan, India (compresa Ceylon), Birmania, Thailandia, Malesia, Cambogia...

    From my February 5, 2007 blog http://blogs.sun.com/katysblog/entry/... The Great Railway Bazaar (by Paul Theroux) I finished one book on the drive home and had to go to Border's for a new book to get me through dinner. I thus interrupted my current naval reading theme with the q...

    This is perhaps the dullest travelogue that I've ever read. Imagine cruising from London through Paris, Turkey, Iran, Afghanistan, Pakistan, India, Thailand, Japan, Siberia and back to London on nothing but trains for commute - long journeys punctuated with local food, local people, lo...

    Show Dont Tell. There are descriptions instead of conversations, there is scorn (and racism maybe) instead of understanding, acidic snobbery instead of empathy and a lot of whining. Even Naipaul was harsh in his criticism, but here the criticism extends to making fun of people's appea...

    The vast majority of travel writing is bullshit, unreadable trash written by pretentious windbags about their supposedly "unique" experiences... But Paul Theroux pulls it off. Perhaps it's shitty of me to say this, but he does an awfully good job of vocalizing my own misanthropic pe...

    Theroux, Trains and white male shitfuckery I?ve never read Paul Theroux before. I?ve heard of him. Everyone has heard of him. He is one of the most famous authors of his time, and my dushen?ka is also quite fond of him. I didn?t know that though. I picked this book up beca...

    I do not like reading travelogues and, as the author states in his introduction, nor does he. Neither did he have any intention of writing one. This story, however, is different. It is not about places, it is about the journey, the people and particularly about trains. What makes it su...

    Top! Brought me back to my own long trip in Asia 8 years ago ...

    *Review B?n Ti?ng Vi?t* Du K - C tnh c?a nh?ng hnh trnh "M?i chuy?n du hnh, rong ru?i, thm hi?m ??u l m?t th?c th? ring, ch?ng chuy?n ?i no gi?ng chuy?n ?i no. Chng c c tnh, tnh cch, s? c bi?t, s? ?...

    When, some thirty years later, Paul Theroux repeated the journey that he had described in The Great Railway Bazaar, he declared travel writing to be ?the lowest form of literary self-indulgence.? His original journey in the early 1970s was a deliberate act, a ruse upon which to han...

    Allright, so I'm in the middle of the book so far, but so far my reactions, both positive and negative have been quite strong. Theroux's unabashed narrowness of mind (I guess 'misanthropic' would be a nicer way of saying that he's kind of an asshole) combined with sweeping statements l...

  • Katy Dickinson
    Apr 30, 2008

    Paul Theroux...you are a miserable bastard. On every excruciating page of this around Europe and Asia whine-fest, I wanted to shake your self-righteous little New England prick shoulders and beat some enjoyment into your crabby-bastardness. The trains are late or crowded or smel...

    I?ve been hearing about Theroux for years and yet had never read one of books. The idea of reading about a man journeying alone was something I couldn?t quite settle to. Would it be tedious and repetitious? Perhaps it?d be like delving into one of those dry guidebooks we?ve all...

    oh dear, yes, he's observant and turns a pretty phrase on every page, makes you laugh, etc. but he's so contemptuous of everyone he comes across i lost interest. skipped all the trains between india and the soviet union. he really loses it at the end and addresses all the russians he m...

    Penso (pensava) que viajar algo para viver, no para ler ou ouvir contar; por isso nunca me interessei por literatura de viagens. Mas como tenho um fraquinho por comboios, e muitos dos livros do Paul Theroux tm comboios nas capas, decidi escolher um para experimentar: O Grande Ba...

    The book is an account of a journey through Europe and Asia by train. The concept is good, and the author made a great journey, and has the gift of story telling. But the author himself comes across as a stupid, rude and horrible person who abuses random people, makes snide remarks, pl...

    I started out liking this book, but the author started to grate on my nerves. He took an amazing trip on trains from Europe to Turkey to Iran through Asia including Thailand, Japan, and Siberia. For a large portion of his journey, he is following the "hippie trail," popular in the 1960...

    I really want to take this exact 1975 series of train journeys - I mean who wouldn't - The Orient Express , The Golden Arrow , The Trans-Siberian but I can't even make it out of France with this obnoxious, Eurocentric, Chablis swilling, ..... I know its a travel classic but its terr...

    So Paul Theroux takes a trip from Paris to Japan and back, all on the railroad (with some minor air and sea deviations), seeing the world in all its sundry chaos on the way. I couldn't have been more excited to start this book when I did, being a lover of train travel (mostly without t...

    Less a travel book and more a book about the physical act of travelling. Theroux has a refreshing lack of romance about the journey and the places he visits; most places are dirty, dull, unbearably hot or cold, and full of locals whose sole aim seems to be to rip him off. And although ...

    In theory nothing is more romantic than a long voyage aboard a train. In reality you tend to get yourself into strange situations, meet questionable characters, occasionally starve, and be left to your own devices and demons for days at a time, while you bob gently in solitude alon...

    Whereas this appears on the surface to be the story of one man taking trains around Asia, it is more an exploration of Theroux's own internal wanderlust. It is also fascinating to today's readers since it was written in 1975 and so much has changed since then, though perhaps most insis...

    The travelogue of a drunk, imperialist, chauvinist, self-righteous, elitist travelling in first class, flaunting rules and baksheesh in equal measure, and generally getting on everybody's nerves and goodwill. With that as the base, the rest of the book is engaging enough, especially th...

    This book portrays how I feel about travel better than I can articulate. It shows all the effort, the trouble, the fear, the discomfort, the cost, the worry - all the unpleasantness about travel - but at the same time shows why people want to travel despite it all. Not that I would tra...

    Aqui est um pequeno mundo dentro de um livro. Um mundo em movimento e parado ao mesmo tempo, como uma viagem de combio. um sonho viajar e esta aparenta, a mim pelo menos, ser uma viagem de sonho, mas concretiza-nos ao ponto de nos sentirmos como parte da bagagem. Foi uma experi?...

    I love Paul Theroux and this, one his first is the one which set me off. I wanted to re-read it before reading his new book about taking the same trip across Europe and Asia some thirty years later. In the early 70s which he writes about in this book there were no railways in Afghanis...

    This is the book that began a sub-genre of travel writing, or so it seems. While there are many varieties of travel narratives, Paul Theroux in The Great Railway Bazaar takes the reader in a somewhat different direction, for this author's travel books are in many ways more self-reflect...

    Just so we're clear from the beginning, Paul Theroux is a dick. Or a misanthrope or whatever else you want to call him. Now that we've got that behind us, this is one of the best books (and especially best travelogues) I have read. Written in 1975, Theroux traveled for four months by t...

    It took me over 40 days to complete this book and I was so glad when it ended. Not because I didn't like it, it just got very exhausting by the end. Also, because I was frustrated I was taking so much time and I hadn't finished any book in 2016. I loved the India and Vietnam chapters, ...

    A great read -- no review here, but will comment when I've read (soon) Ghost Train..., which is The Great Railway Bazaar redux, 30 years later. ...

    Anno 1973. Il giro dell'Asia in treno, senza passare dalla Cina, partendo da Londra. Da Parigi a Istanbul si va con l'Orient Express (esisteva ancora, anche se molto scalcagnato), poi Turchia, Iran, Afghanistan, Pakistan, India (compresa Ceylon), Birmania, Thailandia, Malesia, Cambogia...

    From my February 5, 2007 blog http://blogs.sun.com/katysblog/entry/... The Great Railway Bazaar (by Paul Theroux) I finished one book on the drive home and had to go to Border's for a new book to get me through dinner. I thus interrupted my current naval reading theme with the q...

  • Brad
    Oct 18, 2008

    Paul Theroux...you are a miserable bastard. On every excruciating page of this around Europe and Asia whine-fest, I wanted to shake your self-righteous little New England prick shoulders and beat some enjoyment into your crabby-bastardness. The trains are late or crowded or smel...

  • Reid
    Dec 21, 2010

    Paul Theroux...you are a miserable bastard. On every excruciating page of this around Europe and Asia whine-fest, I wanted to shake your self-righteous little New England prick shoulders and beat some enjoyment into your crabby-bastardness. The trains are late or crowded or smel...

    I?ve been hearing about Theroux for years and yet had never read one of books. The idea of reading about a man journeying alone was something I couldn?t quite settle to. Would it be tedious and repetitious? Perhaps it?d be like delving into one of those dry guidebooks we?ve all...

    oh dear, yes, he's observant and turns a pretty phrase on every page, makes you laugh, etc. but he's so contemptuous of everyone he comes across i lost interest. skipped all the trains between india and the soviet union. he really loses it at the end and addresses all the russians he m...

    Penso (pensava) que viajar algo para viver, no para ler ou ouvir contar; por isso nunca me interessei por literatura de viagens. Mas como tenho um fraquinho por comboios, e muitos dos livros do Paul Theroux tm comboios nas capas, decidi escolher um para experimentar: O Grande Ba...

    The book is an account of a journey through Europe and Asia by train. The concept is good, and the author made a great journey, and has the gift of story telling. But the author himself comes across as a stupid, rude and horrible person who abuses random people, makes snide remarks, pl...

    I started out liking this book, but the author started to grate on my nerves. He took an amazing trip on trains from Europe to Turkey to Iran through Asia including Thailand, Japan, and Siberia. For a large portion of his journey, he is following the "hippie trail," popular in the 1960...

    I really want to take this exact 1975 series of train journeys - I mean who wouldn't - The Orient Express , The Golden Arrow , The Trans-Siberian but I can't even make it out of France with this obnoxious, Eurocentric, Chablis swilling, ..... I know its a travel classic but its terr...

    So Paul Theroux takes a trip from Paris to Japan and back, all on the railroad (with some minor air and sea deviations), seeing the world in all its sundry chaos on the way. I couldn't have been more excited to start this book when I did, being a lover of train travel (mostly without t...

    Less a travel book and more a book about the physical act of travelling. Theroux has a refreshing lack of romance about the journey and the places he visits; most places are dirty, dull, unbearably hot or cold, and full of locals whose sole aim seems to be to rip him off. And although ...

    In theory nothing is more romantic than a long voyage aboard a train. In reality you tend to get yourself into strange situations, meet questionable characters, occasionally starve, and be left to your own devices and demons for days at a time, while you bob gently in solitude alon...

    Whereas this appears on the surface to be the story of one man taking trains around Asia, it is more an exploration of Theroux's own internal wanderlust. It is also fascinating to today's readers since it was written in 1975 and so much has changed since then, though perhaps most insis...

  • Philip
    Mar 14, 2012

    Paul Theroux...you are a miserable bastard. On every excruciating page of this around Europe and Asia whine-fest, I wanted to shake your self-righteous little New England prick shoulders and beat some enjoyment into your crabby-bastardness. The trains are late or crowded or smel...

    I?ve been hearing about Theroux for years and yet had never read one of books. The idea of reading about a man journeying alone was something I couldn?t quite settle to. Would it be tedious and repetitious? Perhaps it?d be like delving into one of those dry guidebooks we?ve all...

    oh dear, yes, he's observant and turns a pretty phrase on every page, makes you laugh, etc. but he's so contemptuous of everyone he comes across i lost interest. skipped all the trains between india and the soviet union. he really loses it at the end and addresses all the russians he m...

    Penso (pensava) que viajar algo para viver, no para ler ou ouvir contar; por isso nunca me interessei por literatura de viagens. Mas como tenho um fraquinho por comboios, e muitos dos livros do Paul Theroux tm comboios nas capas, decidi escolher um para experimentar: O Grande Ba...

    The book is an account of a journey through Europe and Asia by train. The concept is good, and the author made a great journey, and has the gift of story telling. But the author himself comes across as a stupid, rude and horrible person who abuses random people, makes snide remarks, pl...

    I started out liking this book, but the author started to grate on my nerves. He took an amazing trip on trains from Europe to Turkey to Iran through Asia including Thailand, Japan, and Siberia. For a large portion of his journey, he is following the "hippie trail," popular in the 1960...

    I really want to take this exact 1975 series of train journeys - I mean who wouldn't - The Orient Express , The Golden Arrow , The Trans-Siberian but I can't even make it out of France with this obnoxious, Eurocentric, Chablis swilling, ..... I know its a travel classic but its terr...

    So Paul Theroux takes a trip from Paris to Japan and back, all on the railroad (with some minor air and sea deviations), seeing the world in all its sundry chaos on the way. I couldn't have been more excited to start this book when I did, being a lover of train travel (mostly without t...

    Less a travel book and more a book about the physical act of travelling. Theroux has a refreshing lack of romance about the journey and the places he visits; most places are dirty, dull, unbearably hot or cold, and full of locals whose sole aim seems to be to rip him off. And although ...

    In theory nothing is more romantic than a long voyage aboard a train. In reality you tend to get yourself into strange situations, meet questionable characters, occasionally starve, and be left to your own devices and demons for days at a time, while you bob gently in solitude alon...

    Whereas this appears on the surface to be the story of one man taking trains around Asia, it is more an exploration of Theroux's own internal wanderlust. It is also fascinating to today's readers since it was written in 1975 and so much has changed since then, though perhaps most insis...

    The travelogue of a drunk, imperialist, chauvinist, self-righteous, elitist travelling in first class, flaunting rules and baksheesh in equal measure, and generally getting on everybody's nerves and goodwill. With that as the base, the rest of the book is engaging enough, especially th...

    This book portrays how I feel about travel better than I can articulate. It shows all the effort, the trouble, the fear, the discomfort, the cost, the worry - all the unpleasantness about travel - but at the same time shows why people want to travel despite it all. Not that I would tra...

    Aqui est um pequeno mundo dentro de um livro. Um mundo em movimento e parado ao mesmo tempo, como uma viagem de combio. um sonho viajar e esta aparenta, a mim pelo menos, ser uma viagem de sonho, mas concretiza-nos ao ponto de nos sentirmos como parte da bagagem. Foi uma experi?...

    I love Paul Theroux and this, one his first is the one which set me off. I wanted to re-read it before reading his new book about taking the same trip across Europe and Asia some thirty years later. In the early 70s which he writes about in this book there were no railways in Afghanis...

    This is the book that began a sub-genre of travel writing, or so it seems. While there are many varieties of travel narratives, Paul Theroux in The Great Railway Bazaar takes the reader in a somewhat different direction, for this author's travel books are in many ways more self-reflect...

    Just so we're clear from the beginning, Paul Theroux is a dick. Or a misanthrope or whatever else you want to call him. Now that we've got that behind us, this is one of the best books (and especially best travelogues) I have read. Written in 1975, Theroux traveled for four months by t...

    It took me over 40 days to complete this book and I was so glad when it ended. Not because I didn't like it, it just got very exhausting by the end. Also, because I was frustrated I was taking so much time and I hadn't finished any book in 2016. I loved the India and Vietnam chapters, ...

    A great read -- no review here, but will comment when I've read (soon) Ghost Train..., which is The Great Railway Bazaar redux, 30 years later. ...

    Anno 1973. Il giro dell'Asia in treno, senza passare dalla Cina, partendo da Londra. Da Parigi a Istanbul si va con l'Orient Express (esisteva ancora, anche se molto scalcagnato), poi Turchia, Iran, Afghanistan, Pakistan, India (compresa Ceylon), Birmania, Thailandia, Malesia, Cambogia...

    From my February 5, 2007 blog http://blogs.sun.com/katysblog/entry/... The Great Railway Bazaar (by Paul Theroux) I finished one book on the drive home and had to go to Border's for a new book to get me through dinner. I thus interrupted my current naval reading theme with the q...

    This is perhaps the dullest travelogue that I've ever read. Imagine cruising from London through Paris, Turkey, Iran, Afghanistan, Pakistan, India, Thailand, Japan, Siberia and back to London on nothing but trains for commute - long journeys punctuated with local food, local people, lo...

    Show Dont Tell. There are descriptions instead of conversations, there is scorn (and racism maybe) instead of understanding, acidic snobbery instead of empathy and a lot of whining. Even Naipaul was harsh in his criticism, but here the criticism extends to making fun of people's appea...

    The vast majority of travel writing is bullshit, unreadable trash written by pretentious windbags about their supposedly "unique" experiences... But Paul Theroux pulls it off. Perhaps it's shitty of me to say this, but he does an awfully good job of vocalizing my own misanthropic pe...

    Theroux, Trains and white male shitfuckery I?ve never read Paul Theroux before. I?ve heard of him. Everyone has heard of him. He is one of the most famous authors of his time, and my dushen?ka is also quite fond of him. I didn?t know that though. I picked this book up beca...

    I do not like reading travelogues and, as the author states in his introduction, nor does he. Neither did he have any intention of writing one. This story, however, is different. It is not about places, it is about the journey, the people and particularly about trains. What makes it su...

    Top! Brought me back to my own long trip in Asia 8 years ago ...

    *Review B?n Ti?ng Vi?t* Du K - C tnh c?a nh?ng hnh trnh "M?i chuy?n du hnh, rong ru?i, thm hi?m ??u l m?t th?c th? ring, ch?ng chuy?n ?i no gi?ng chuy?n ?i no. Chng c c tnh, tnh cch, s? c bi?t, s? ?...

    When, some thirty years later, Paul Theroux repeated the journey that he had described in The Great Railway Bazaar, he declared travel writing to be ?the lowest form of literary self-indulgence.? His original journey in the early 1970s was a deliberate act, a ruse upon which to han...

  • AC
    Jul 24, 2013

    Paul Theroux...you are a miserable bastard. On every excruciating page of this around Europe and Asia whine-fest, I wanted to shake your self-righteous little New England prick shoulders and beat some enjoyment into your crabby-bastardness. The trains are late or crowded or smel...

    I?ve been hearing about Theroux for years and yet had never read one of books. The idea of reading about a man journeying alone was something I couldn?t quite settle to. Would it be tedious and repetitious? Perhaps it?d be like delving into one of those dry guidebooks we?ve all...

    oh dear, yes, he's observant and turns a pretty phrase on every page, makes you laugh, etc. but he's so contemptuous of everyone he comes across i lost interest. skipped all the trains between india and the soviet union. he really loses it at the end and addresses all the russians he m...

    Penso (pensava) que viajar algo para viver, no para ler ou ouvir contar; por isso nunca me interessei por literatura de viagens. Mas como tenho um fraquinho por comboios, e muitos dos livros do Paul Theroux tm comboios nas capas, decidi escolher um para experimentar: O Grande Ba...

    The book is an account of a journey through Europe and Asia by train. The concept is good, and the author made a great journey, and has the gift of story telling. But the author himself comes across as a stupid, rude and horrible person who abuses random people, makes snide remarks, pl...

    I started out liking this book, but the author started to grate on my nerves. He took an amazing trip on trains from Europe to Turkey to Iran through Asia including Thailand, Japan, and Siberia. For a large portion of his journey, he is following the "hippie trail," popular in the 1960...

    I really want to take this exact 1975 series of train journeys - I mean who wouldn't - The Orient Express , The Golden Arrow , The Trans-Siberian but I can't even make it out of France with this obnoxious, Eurocentric, Chablis swilling, ..... I know its a travel classic but its terr...

    So Paul Theroux takes a trip from Paris to Japan and back, all on the railroad (with some minor air and sea deviations), seeing the world in all its sundry chaos on the way. I couldn't have been more excited to start this book when I did, being a lover of train travel (mostly without t...

    Less a travel book and more a book about the physical act of travelling. Theroux has a refreshing lack of romance about the journey and the places he visits; most places are dirty, dull, unbearably hot or cold, and full of locals whose sole aim seems to be to rip him off. And although ...

    In theory nothing is more romantic than a long voyage aboard a train. In reality you tend to get yourself into strange situations, meet questionable characters, occasionally starve, and be left to your own devices and demons for days at a time, while you bob gently in solitude alon...

    Whereas this appears on the surface to be the story of one man taking trains around Asia, it is more an exploration of Theroux's own internal wanderlust. It is also fascinating to today's readers since it was written in 1975 and so much has changed since then, though perhaps most insis...

    The travelogue of a drunk, imperialist, chauvinist, self-righteous, elitist travelling in first class, flaunting rules and baksheesh in equal measure, and generally getting on everybody's nerves and goodwill. With that as the base, the rest of the book is engaging enough, especially th...

    This book portrays how I feel about travel better than I can articulate. It shows all the effort, the trouble, the fear, the discomfort, the cost, the worry - all the unpleasantness about travel - but at the same time shows why people want to travel despite it all. Not that I would tra...

    Aqui est um pequeno mundo dentro de um livro. Um mundo em movimento e parado ao mesmo tempo, como uma viagem de combio. um sonho viajar e esta aparenta, a mim pelo menos, ser uma viagem de sonho, mas concretiza-nos ao ponto de nos sentirmos como parte da bagagem. Foi uma experi?...

    I love Paul Theroux and this, one his first is the one which set me off. I wanted to re-read it before reading his new book about taking the same trip across Europe and Asia some thirty years later. In the early 70s which he writes about in this book there were no railways in Afghanis...

    This is the book that began a sub-genre of travel writing, or so it seems. While there are many varieties of travel narratives, Paul Theroux in The Great Railway Bazaar takes the reader in a somewhat different direction, for this author's travel books are in many ways more self-reflect...

    Just so we're clear from the beginning, Paul Theroux is a dick. Or a misanthrope or whatever else you want to call him. Now that we've got that behind us, this is one of the best books (and especially best travelogues) I have read. Written in 1975, Theroux traveled for four months by t...

    It took me over 40 days to complete this book and I was so glad when it ended. Not because I didn't like it, it just got very exhausting by the end. Also, because I was frustrated I was taking so much time and I hadn't finished any book in 2016. I loved the India and Vietnam chapters, ...

    A great read -- no review here, but will comment when I've read (soon) Ghost Train..., which is The Great Railway Bazaar redux, 30 years later. ...

  • Andrea
    Apr 12, 2016

    Paul Theroux...you are a miserable bastard. On every excruciating page of this around Europe and Asia whine-fest, I wanted to shake your self-righteous little New England prick shoulders and beat some enjoyment into your crabby-bastardness. The trains are late or crowded or smel...

    I?ve been hearing about Theroux for years and yet had never read one of books. The idea of reading about a man journeying alone was something I couldn?t quite settle to. Would it be tedious and repetitious? Perhaps it?d be like delving into one of those dry guidebooks we?ve all...

    oh dear, yes, he's observant and turns a pretty phrase on every page, makes you laugh, etc. but he's so contemptuous of everyone he comes across i lost interest. skipped all the trains between india and the soviet union. he really loses it at the end and addresses all the russians he m...

    Penso (pensava) que viajar algo para viver, no para ler ou ouvir contar; por isso nunca me interessei por literatura de viagens. Mas como tenho um fraquinho por comboios, e muitos dos livros do Paul Theroux tm comboios nas capas, decidi escolher um para experimentar: O Grande Ba...

    The book is an account of a journey through Europe and Asia by train. The concept is good, and the author made a great journey, and has the gift of story telling. But the author himself comes across as a stupid, rude and horrible person who abuses random people, makes snide remarks, pl...

    I started out liking this book, but the author started to grate on my nerves. He took an amazing trip on trains from Europe to Turkey to Iran through Asia including Thailand, Japan, and Siberia. For a large portion of his journey, he is following the "hippie trail," popular in the 1960...

    I really want to take this exact 1975 series of train journeys - I mean who wouldn't - The Orient Express , The Golden Arrow , The Trans-Siberian but I can't even make it out of France with this obnoxious, Eurocentric, Chablis swilling, ..... I know its a travel classic but its terr...

    So Paul Theroux takes a trip from Paris to Japan and back, all on the railroad (with some minor air and sea deviations), seeing the world in all its sundry chaos on the way. I couldn't have been more excited to start this book when I did, being a lover of train travel (mostly without t...

    Less a travel book and more a book about the physical act of travelling. Theroux has a refreshing lack of romance about the journey and the places he visits; most places are dirty, dull, unbearably hot or cold, and full of locals whose sole aim seems to be to rip him off. And although ...

    In theory nothing is more romantic than a long voyage aboard a train. In reality you tend to get yourself into strange situations, meet questionable characters, occasionally starve, and be left to your own devices and demons for days at a time, while you bob gently in solitude alon...

  • Joachim Stoop
    Jun 15, 2017

    Paul Theroux...you are a miserable bastard. On every excruciating page of this around Europe and Asia whine-fest, I wanted to shake your self-righteous little New England prick shoulders and beat some enjoyment into your crabby-bastardness. The trains are late or crowded or smel...

    I?ve been hearing about Theroux for years and yet had never read one of books. The idea of reading about a man journeying alone was something I couldn?t quite settle to. Would it be tedious and repetitious? Perhaps it?d be like delving into one of those dry guidebooks we?ve all...

    oh dear, yes, he's observant and turns a pretty phrase on every page, makes you laugh, etc. but he's so contemptuous of everyone he comes across i lost interest. skipped all the trains between india and the soviet union. he really loses it at the end and addresses all the russians he m...

    Penso (pensava) que viajar algo para viver, no para ler ou ouvir contar; por isso nunca me interessei por literatura de viagens. Mas como tenho um fraquinho por comboios, e muitos dos livros do Paul Theroux tm comboios nas capas, decidi escolher um para experimentar: O Grande Ba...

    The book is an account of a journey through Europe and Asia by train. The concept is good, and the author made a great journey, and has the gift of story telling. But the author himself comes across as a stupid, rude and horrible person who abuses random people, makes snide remarks, pl...

    I started out liking this book, but the author started to grate on my nerves. He took an amazing trip on trains from Europe to Turkey to Iran through Asia including Thailand, Japan, and Siberia. For a large portion of his journey, he is following the "hippie trail," popular in the 1960...

    I really want to take this exact 1975 series of train journeys - I mean who wouldn't - The Orient Express , The Golden Arrow , The Trans-Siberian but I can't even make it out of France with this obnoxious, Eurocentric, Chablis swilling, ..... I know its a travel classic but its terr...

    So Paul Theroux takes a trip from Paris to Japan and back, all on the railroad (with some minor air and sea deviations), seeing the world in all its sundry chaos on the way. I couldn't have been more excited to start this book when I did, being a lover of train travel (mostly without t...

    Less a travel book and more a book about the physical act of travelling. Theroux has a refreshing lack of romance about the journey and the places he visits; most places are dirty, dull, unbearably hot or cold, and full of locals whose sole aim seems to be to rip him off. And although ...

    In theory nothing is more romantic than a long voyage aboard a train. In reality you tend to get yourself into strange situations, meet questionable characters, occasionally starve, and be left to your own devices and demons for days at a time, while you bob gently in solitude alon...

    Whereas this appears on the surface to be the story of one man taking trains around Asia, it is more an exploration of Theroux's own internal wanderlust. It is also fascinating to today's readers since it was written in 1975 and so much has changed since then, though perhaps most insis...

    The travelogue of a drunk, imperialist, chauvinist, self-righteous, elitist travelling in first class, flaunting rules and baksheesh in equal measure, and generally getting on everybody's nerves and goodwill. With that as the base, the rest of the book is engaging enough, especially th...

    This book portrays how I feel about travel better than I can articulate. It shows all the effort, the trouble, the fear, the discomfort, the cost, the worry - all the unpleasantness about travel - but at the same time shows why people want to travel despite it all. Not that I would tra...

    Aqui est um pequeno mundo dentro de um livro. Um mundo em movimento e parado ao mesmo tempo, como uma viagem de combio. um sonho viajar e esta aparenta, a mim pelo menos, ser uma viagem de sonho, mas concretiza-nos ao ponto de nos sentirmos como parte da bagagem. Foi uma experi?...

    I love Paul Theroux and this, one his first is the one which set me off. I wanted to re-read it before reading his new book about taking the same trip across Europe and Asia some thirty years later. In the early 70s which he writes about in this book there were no railways in Afghanis...

    This is the book that began a sub-genre of travel writing, or so it seems. While there are many varieties of travel narratives, Paul Theroux in The Great Railway Bazaar takes the reader in a somewhat different direction, for this author's travel books are in many ways more self-reflect...

    Just so we're clear from the beginning, Paul Theroux is a dick. Or a misanthrope or whatever else you want to call him. Now that we've got that behind us, this is one of the best books (and especially best travelogues) I have read. Written in 1975, Theroux traveled for four months by t...

    It took me over 40 days to complete this book and I was so glad when it ended. Not because I didn't like it, it just got very exhausting by the end. Also, because I was frustrated I was taking so much time and I hadn't finished any book in 2016. I loved the India and Vietnam chapters, ...

    A great read -- no review here, but will comment when I've read (soon) Ghost Train..., which is The Great Railway Bazaar redux, 30 years later. ...

    Anno 1973. Il giro dell'Asia in treno, senza passare dalla Cina, partendo da Londra. Da Parigi a Istanbul si va con l'Orient Express (esisteva ancora, anche se molto scalcagnato), poi Turchia, Iran, Afghanistan, Pakistan, India (compresa Ceylon), Birmania, Thailandia, Malesia, Cambogia...

    From my February 5, 2007 blog http://blogs.sun.com/katysblog/entry/... The Great Railway Bazaar (by Paul Theroux) I finished one book on the drive home and had to go to Border's for a new book to get me through dinner. I thus interrupted my current naval reading theme with the q...

    This is perhaps the dullest travelogue that I've ever read. Imagine cruising from London through Paris, Turkey, Iran, Afghanistan, Pakistan, India, Thailand, Japan, Siberia and back to London on nothing but trains for commute - long journeys punctuated with local food, local people, lo...

    Show Dont Tell. There are descriptions instead of conversations, there is scorn (and racism maybe) instead of understanding, acidic snobbery instead of empathy and a lot of whining. Even Naipaul was harsh in his criticism, but here the criticism extends to making fun of people's appea...

    The vast majority of travel writing is bullshit, unreadable trash written by pretentious windbags about their supposedly "unique" experiences... But Paul Theroux pulls it off. Perhaps it's shitty of me to say this, but he does an awfully good job of vocalizing my own misanthropic pe...

    Theroux, Trains and white male shitfuckery I?ve never read Paul Theroux before. I?ve heard of him. Everyone has heard of him. He is one of the most famous authors of his time, and my dushen?ka is also quite fond of him. I didn?t know that though. I picked this book up beca...

    I do not like reading travelogues and, as the author states in his introduction, nor does he. Neither did he have any intention of writing one. This story, however, is different. It is not about places, it is about the journey, the people and particularly about trains. What makes it su...

    Top! Brought me back to my own long trip in Asia 8 years ago ...

  • Trudie
    Nov 13, 2017

    Paul Theroux...you are a miserable bastard. On every excruciating page of this around Europe and Asia whine-fest, I wanted to shake your self-righteous little New England prick shoulders and beat some enjoyment into your crabby-bastardness. The trains are late or crowded or smel...

    I?ve been hearing about Theroux for years and yet had never read one of books. The idea of reading about a man journeying alone was something I couldn?t quite settle to. Would it be tedious and repetitious? Perhaps it?d be like delving into one of those dry guidebooks we?ve all...

    oh dear, yes, he's observant and turns a pretty phrase on every page, makes you laugh, etc. but he's so contemptuous of everyone he comes across i lost interest. skipped all the trains between india and the soviet union. he really loses it at the end and addresses all the russians he m...

    Penso (pensava) que viajar algo para viver, no para ler ou ouvir contar; por isso nunca me interessei por literatura de viagens. Mas como tenho um fraquinho por comboios, e muitos dos livros do Paul Theroux tm comboios nas capas, decidi escolher um para experimentar: O Grande Ba...

    The book is an account of a journey through Europe and Asia by train. The concept is good, and the author made a great journey, and has the gift of story telling. But the author himself comes across as a stupid, rude and horrible person who abuses random people, makes snide remarks, pl...

    I started out liking this book, but the author started to grate on my nerves. He took an amazing trip on trains from Europe to Turkey to Iran through Asia including Thailand, Japan, and Siberia. For a large portion of his journey, he is following the "hippie trail," popular in the 1960...

    I really want to take this exact 1975 series of train journeys - I mean who wouldn't - The Orient Express , The Golden Arrow , The Trans-Siberian but I can't even make it out of France with this obnoxious, Eurocentric, Chablis swilling, ..... I know its a travel classic but its terr...

  • Kavita
    Sep 15, 2012

    Paul Theroux...you are a miserable bastard. On every excruciating page of this around Europe and Asia whine-fest, I wanted to shake your self-righteous little New England prick shoulders and beat some enjoyment into your crabby-bastardness. The trains are late or crowded or smel...

    I?ve been hearing about Theroux for years and yet had never read one of books. The idea of reading about a man journeying alone was something I couldn?t quite settle to. Would it be tedious and repetitious? Perhaps it?d be like delving into one of those dry guidebooks we?ve all...

    oh dear, yes, he's observant and turns a pretty phrase on every page, makes you laugh, etc. but he's so contemptuous of everyone he comes across i lost interest. skipped all the trains between india and the soviet union. he really loses it at the end and addresses all the russians he m...

    Penso (pensava) que viajar algo para viver, no para ler ou ouvir contar; por isso nunca me interessei por literatura de viagens. Mas como tenho um fraquinho por comboios, e muitos dos livros do Paul Theroux tm comboios nas capas, decidi escolher um para experimentar: O Grande Ba...

    The book is an account of a journey through Europe and Asia by train. The concept is good, and the author made a great journey, and has the gift of story telling. But the author himself comes across as a stupid, rude and horrible person who abuses random people, makes snide remarks, pl...

  • Andrew Smith
    Nov 09, 2015

    Paul Theroux...you are a miserable bastard. On every excruciating page of this around Europe and Asia whine-fest, I wanted to shake your self-righteous little New England prick shoulders and beat some enjoyment into your crabby-bastardness. The trains are late or crowded or smel...

    I?ve been hearing about Theroux for years and yet had never read one of books. The idea of reading about a man journeying alone was something I couldn?t quite settle to. Would it be tedious and repetitious? Perhaps it?d be like delving into one of those dry guidebooks we?ve all...

  • Gangambika
    May 10, 2016

    Paul Theroux...you are a miserable bastard. On every excruciating page of this around Europe and Asia whine-fest, I wanted to shake your self-righteous little New England prick shoulders and beat some enjoyment into your crabby-bastardness. The trains are late or crowded or smel...

    I?ve been hearing about Theroux for years and yet had never read one of books. The idea of reading about a man journeying alone was something I couldn?t quite settle to. Would it be tedious and repetitious? Perhaps it?d be like delving into one of those dry guidebooks we?ve all...

    oh dear, yes, he's observant and turns a pretty phrase on every page, makes you laugh, etc. but he's so contemptuous of everyone he comes across i lost interest. skipped all the trains between india and the soviet union. he really loses it at the end and addresses all the russians he m...

    Penso (pensava) que viajar algo para viver, no para ler ou ouvir contar; por isso nunca me interessei por literatura de viagens. Mas como tenho um fraquinho por comboios, e muitos dos livros do Paul Theroux tm comboios nas capas, decidi escolher um para experimentar: O Grande Ba...

    The book is an account of a journey through Europe and Asia by train. The concept is good, and the author made a great journey, and has the gift of story telling. But the author himself comes across as a stupid, rude and horrible person who abuses random people, makes snide remarks, pl...

    I started out liking this book, but the author started to grate on my nerves. He took an amazing trip on trains from Europe to Turkey to Iran through Asia including Thailand, Japan, and Siberia. For a large portion of his journey, he is following the "hippie trail," popular in the 1960...

    I really want to take this exact 1975 series of train journeys - I mean who wouldn't - The Orient Express , The Golden Arrow , The Trans-Siberian but I can't even make it out of France with this obnoxious, Eurocentric, Chablis swilling, ..... I know its a travel classic but its terr...

    So Paul Theroux takes a trip from Paris to Japan and back, all on the railroad (with some minor air and sea deviations), seeing the world in all its sundry chaos on the way. I couldn't have been more excited to start this book when I did, being a lover of train travel (mostly without t...

    Less a travel book and more a book about the physical act of travelling. Theroux has a refreshing lack of romance about the journey and the places he visits; most places are dirty, dull, unbearably hot or cold, and full of locals whose sole aim seems to be to rip him off. And although ...

    In theory nothing is more romantic than a long voyage aboard a train. In reality you tend to get yourself into strange situations, meet questionable characters, occasionally starve, and be left to your own devices and demons for days at a time, while you bob gently in solitude alon...

    Whereas this appears on the surface to be the story of one man taking trains around Asia, it is more an exploration of Theroux's own internal wanderlust. It is also fascinating to today's readers since it was written in 1975 and so much has changed since then, though perhaps most insis...

    The travelogue of a drunk, imperialist, chauvinist, self-righteous, elitist travelling in first class, flaunting rules and baksheesh in equal measure, and generally getting on everybody's nerves and goodwill. With that as the base, the rest of the book is engaging enough, especially th...

    This book portrays how I feel about travel better than I can articulate. It shows all the effort, the trouble, the fear, the discomfort, the cost, the worry - all the unpleasantness about travel - but at the same time shows why people want to travel despite it all. Not that I would tra...

    Aqui est um pequeno mundo dentro de um livro. Um mundo em movimento e parado ao mesmo tempo, como uma viagem de combio. um sonho viajar e esta aparenta, a mim pelo menos, ser uma viagem de sonho, mas concretiza-nos ao ponto de nos sentirmos como parte da bagagem. Foi uma experi?...

    I love Paul Theroux and this, one his first is the one which set me off. I wanted to re-read it before reading his new book about taking the same trip across Europe and Asia some thirty years later. In the early 70s which he writes about in this book there were no railways in Afghanis...

    This is the book that began a sub-genre of travel writing, or so it seems. While there are many varieties of travel narratives, Paul Theroux in The Great Railway Bazaar takes the reader in a somewhat different direction, for this author's travel books are in many ways more self-reflect...

    Just so we're clear from the beginning, Paul Theroux is a dick. Or a misanthrope or whatever else you want to call him. Now that we've got that behind us, this is one of the best books (and especially best travelogues) I have read. Written in 1975, Theroux traveled for four months by t...

    It took me over 40 days to complete this book and I was so glad when it ended. Not because I didn't like it, it just got very exhausting by the end. Also, because I was frustrated I was taking so much time and I hadn't finished any book in 2016. I loved the India and Vietnam chapters, ...

    A great read -- no review here, but will comment when I've read (soon) Ghost Train..., which is The Great Railway Bazaar redux, 30 years later. ...

    Anno 1973. Il giro dell'Asia in treno, senza passare dalla Cina, partendo da Londra. Da Parigi a Istanbul si va con l'Orient Express (esisteva ancora, anche se molto scalcagnato), poi Turchia, Iran, Afghanistan, Pakistan, India (compresa Ceylon), Birmania, Thailandia, Malesia, Cambogia...

    From my February 5, 2007 blog http://blogs.sun.com/katysblog/entry/... The Great Railway Bazaar (by Paul Theroux) I finished one book on the drive home and had to go to Border's for a new book to get me through dinner. I thus interrupted my current naval reading theme with the q...

    This is perhaps the dullest travelogue that I've ever read. Imagine cruising from London through Paris, Turkey, Iran, Afghanistan, Pakistan, India, Thailand, Japan, Siberia and back to London on nothing but trains for commute - long journeys punctuated with local food, local people, lo...

    Show Dont Tell. There are descriptions instead of conversations, there is scorn (and racism maybe) instead of understanding, acidic snobbery instead of empathy and a lot of whining. Even Naipaul was harsh in his criticism, but here the criticism extends to making fun of people's appea...

    The vast majority of travel writing is bullshit, unreadable trash written by pretentious windbags about their supposedly "unique" experiences... But Paul Theroux pulls it off. Perhaps it's shitty of me to say this, but he does an awfully good job of vocalizing my own misanthropic pe...

    Theroux, Trains and white male shitfuckery I?ve never read Paul Theroux before. I?ve heard of him. Everyone has heard of him. He is one of the most famous authors of his time, and my dushen?ka is also quite fond of him. I didn?t know that though. I picked this book up beca...

  • Teresa Proença
    Feb 08, 2017

    Paul Theroux...you are a miserable bastard. On every excruciating page of this around Europe and Asia whine-fest, I wanted to shake your self-righteous little New England prick shoulders and beat some enjoyment into your crabby-bastardness. The trains are late or crowded or smel...

    I?ve been hearing about Theroux for years and yet had never read one of books. The idea of reading about a man journeying alone was something I couldn?t quite settle to. Would it be tedious and repetitious? Perhaps it?d be like delving into one of those dry guidebooks we?ve all...

    oh dear, yes, he's observant and turns a pretty phrase on every page, makes you laugh, etc. but he's so contemptuous of everyone he comes across i lost interest. skipped all the trains between india and the soviet union. he really loses it at the end and addresses all the russians he m...

    Penso (pensava) que viajar algo para viver, no para ler ou ouvir contar; por isso nunca me interessei por literatura de viagens. Mas como tenho um fraquinho por comboios, e muitos dos livros do Paul Theroux tm comboios nas capas, decidi escolher um para experimentar: O Grande Ba...

  • Santhosh
    Aug 04, 2014

    Paul Theroux...you are a miserable bastard. On every excruciating page of this around Europe and Asia whine-fest, I wanted to shake your self-righteous little New England prick shoulders and beat some enjoyment into your crabby-bastardness. The trains are late or crowded or smel...

    I?ve been hearing about Theroux for years and yet had never read one of books. The idea of reading about a man journeying alone was something I couldn?t quite settle to. Would it be tedious and repetitious? Perhaps it?d be like delving into one of those dry guidebooks we?ve all...

    oh dear, yes, he's observant and turns a pretty phrase on every page, makes you laugh, etc. but he's so contemptuous of everyone he comes across i lost interest. skipped all the trains between india and the soviet union. he really loses it at the end and addresses all the russians he m...

    Penso (pensava) que viajar algo para viver, no para ler ou ouvir contar; por isso nunca me interessei por literatura de viagens. Mas como tenho um fraquinho por comboios, e muitos dos livros do Paul Theroux tm comboios nas capas, decidi escolher um para experimentar: O Grande Ba...

    The book is an account of a journey through Europe and Asia by train. The concept is good, and the author made a great journey, and has the gift of story telling. But the author himself comes across as a stupid, rude and horrible person who abuses random people, makes snide remarks, pl...

    I started out liking this book, but the author started to grate on my nerves. He took an amazing trip on trains from Europe to Turkey to Iran through Asia including Thailand, Japan, and Siberia. For a large portion of his journey, he is following the "hippie trail," popular in the 1960...

    I really want to take this exact 1975 series of train journeys - I mean who wouldn't - The Orient Express , The Golden Arrow , The Trans-Siberian but I can't even make it out of France with this obnoxious, Eurocentric, Chablis swilling, ..... I know its a travel classic but its terr...

    So Paul Theroux takes a trip from Paris to Japan and back, all on the railroad (with some minor air and sea deviations), seeing the world in all its sundry chaos on the way. I couldn't have been more excited to start this book when I did, being a lover of train travel (mostly without t...

    Less a travel book and more a book about the physical act of travelling. Theroux has a refreshing lack of romance about the journey and the places he visits; most places are dirty, dull, unbearably hot or cold, and full of locals whose sole aim seems to be to rip him off. And although ...

    In theory nothing is more romantic than a long voyage aboard a train. In reality you tend to get yourself into strange situations, meet questionable characters, occasionally starve, and be left to your own devices and demons for days at a time, while you bob gently in solitude alon...

    Whereas this appears on the surface to be the story of one man taking trains around Asia, it is more an exploration of Theroux's own internal wanderlust. It is also fascinating to today's readers since it was written in 1975 and so much has changed since then, though perhaps most insis...

    The travelogue of a drunk, imperialist, chauvinist, self-righteous, elitist travelling in first class, flaunting rules and baksheesh in equal measure, and generally getting on everybody's nerves and goodwill. With that as the base, the rest of the book is engaging enough, especially th...

  • Quo
    Apr 11, 2014

    Paul Theroux...you are a miserable bastard. On every excruciating page of this around Europe and Asia whine-fest, I wanted to shake your self-righteous little New England prick shoulders and beat some enjoyment into your crabby-bastardness. The trains are late or crowded or smel...

    I?ve been hearing about Theroux for years and yet had never read one of books. The idea of reading about a man journeying alone was something I couldn?t quite settle to. Would it be tedious and repetitious? Perhaps it?d be like delving into one of those dry guidebooks we?ve all...

    oh dear, yes, he's observant and turns a pretty phrase on every page, makes you laugh, etc. but he's so contemptuous of everyone he comes across i lost interest. skipped all the trains between india and the soviet union. he really loses it at the end and addresses all the russians he m...

    Penso (pensava) que viajar algo para viver, no para ler ou ouvir contar; por isso nunca me interessei por literatura de viagens. Mas como tenho um fraquinho por comboios, e muitos dos livros do Paul Theroux tm comboios nas capas, decidi escolher um para experimentar: O Grande Ba...

    The book is an account of a journey through Europe and Asia by train. The concept is good, and the author made a great journey, and has the gift of story telling. But the author himself comes across as a stupid, rude and horrible person who abuses random people, makes snide remarks, pl...

    I started out liking this book, but the author started to grate on my nerves. He took an amazing trip on trains from Europe to Turkey to Iran through Asia including Thailand, Japan, and Siberia. For a large portion of his journey, he is following the "hippie trail," popular in the 1960...

    I really want to take this exact 1975 series of train journeys - I mean who wouldn't - The Orient Express , The Golden Arrow , The Trans-Siberian but I can't even make it out of France with this obnoxious, Eurocentric, Chablis swilling, ..... I know its a travel classic but its terr...

    So Paul Theroux takes a trip from Paris to Japan and back, all on the railroad (with some minor air and sea deviations), seeing the world in all its sundry chaos on the way. I couldn't have been more excited to start this book when I did, being a lover of train travel (mostly without t...

    Less a travel book and more a book about the physical act of travelling. Theroux has a refreshing lack of romance about the journey and the places he visits; most places are dirty, dull, unbearably hot or cold, and full of locals whose sole aim seems to be to rip him off. And although ...

    In theory nothing is more romantic than a long voyage aboard a train. In reality you tend to get yourself into strange situations, meet questionable characters, occasionally starve, and be left to your own devices and demons for days at a time, while you bob gently in solitude alon...

    Whereas this appears on the surface to be the story of one man taking trains around Asia, it is more an exploration of Theroux's own internal wanderlust. It is also fascinating to today's readers since it was written in 1975 and so much has changed since then, though perhaps most insis...

    The travelogue of a drunk, imperialist, chauvinist, self-righteous, elitist travelling in first class, flaunting rules and baksheesh in equal measure, and generally getting on everybody's nerves and goodwill. With that as the base, the rest of the book is engaging enough, especially th...

    This book portrays how I feel about travel better than I can articulate. It shows all the effort, the trouble, the fear, the discomfort, the cost, the worry - all the unpleasantness about travel - but at the same time shows why people want to travel despite it all. Not that I would tra...

    Aqui est um pequeno mundo dentro de um livro. Um mundo em movimento e parado ao mesmo tempo, como uma viagem de combio. um sonho viajar e esta aparenta, a mim pelo menos, ser uma viagem de sonho, mas concretiza-nos ao ponto de nos sentirmos como parte da bagagem. Foi uma experi?...

    I love Paul Theroux and this, one his first is the one which set me off. I wanted to re-read it before reading his new book about taking the same trip across Europe and Asia some thirty years later. In the early 70s which he writes about in this book there were no railways in Afghanis...

    This is the book that began a sub-genre of travel writing, or so it seems. While there are many varieties of travel narratives, Paul Theroux in The Great Railway Bazaar takes the reader in a somewhat different direction, for this author's travel books are in many ways more self-reflect...

  • Arvind
    Dec 05, 2016

    Paul Theroux...you are a miserable bastard. On every excruciating page of this around Europe and Asia whine-fest, I wanted to shake your self-righteous little New England prick shoulders and beat some enjoyment into your crabby-bastardness. The trains are late or crowded or smel...

    I?ve been hearing about Theroux for years and yet had never read one of books. The idea of reading about a man journeying alone was something I couldn?t quite settle to. Would it be tedious and repetitious? Perhaps it?d be like delving into one of those dry guidebooks we?ve all...

    oh dear, yes, he's observant and turns a pretty phrase on every page, makes you laugh, etc. but he's so contemptuous of everyone he comes across i lost interest. skipped all the trains between india and the soviet union. he really loses it at the end and addresses all the russians he m...

    Penso (pensava) que viajar algo para viver, no para ler ou ouvir contar; por isso nunca me interessei por literatura de viagens. Mas como tenho um fraquinho por comboios, e muitos dos livros do Paul Theroux tm comboios nas capas, decidi escolher um para experimentar: O Grande Ba...

    The book is an account of a journey through Europe and Asia by train. The concept is good, and the author made a great journey, and has the gift of story telling. But the author himself comes across as a stupid, rude and horrible person who abuses random people, makes snide remarks, pl...

    I started out liking this book, but the author started to grate on my nerves. He took an amazing trip on trains from Europe to Turkey to Iran through Asia including Thailand, Japan, and Siberia. For a large portion of his journey, he is following the "hippie trail," popular in the 1960...

    I really want to take this exact 1975 series of train journeys - I mean who wouldn't - The Orient Express , The Golden Arrow , The Trans-Siberian but I can't even make it out of France with this obnoxious, Eurocentric, Chablis swilling, ..... I know its a travel classic but its terr...

    So Paul Theroux takes a trip from Paris to Japan and back, all on the railroad (with some minor air and sea deviations), seeing the world in all its sundry chaos on the way. I couldn't have been more excited to start this book when I did, being a lover of train travel (mostly without t...

    Less a travel book and more a book about the physical act of travelling. Theroux has a refreshing lack of romance about the journey and the places he visits; most places are dirty, dull, unbearably hot or cold, and full of locals whose sole aim seems to be to rip him off. And although ...

    In theory nothing is more romantic than a long voyage aboard a train. In reality you tend to get yourself into strange situations, meet questionable characters, occasionally starve, and be left to your own devices and demons for days at a time, while you bob gently in solitude alon...

    Whereas this appears on the surface to be the story of one man taking trains around Asia, it is more an exploration of Theroux's own internal wanderlust. It is also fascinating to today's readers since it was written in 1975 and so much has changed since then, though perhaps most insis...

    The travelogue of a drunk, imperialist, chauvinist, self-righteous, elitist travelling in first class, flaunting rules and baksheesh in equal measure, and generally getting on everybody's nerves and goodwill. With that as the base, the rest of the book is engaging enough, especially th...

    This book portrays how I feel about travel better than I can articulate. It shows all the effort, the trouble, the fear, the discomfort, the cost, the worry - all the unpleasantness about travel - but at the same time shows why people want to travel despite it all. Not that I would tra...

    Aqui est um pequeno mundo dentro de um livro. Um mundo em movimento e parado ao mesmo tempo, como uma viagem de combio. um sonho viajar e esta aparenta, a mim pelo menos, ser uma viagem de sonho, mas concretiza-nos ao ponto de nos sentirmos como parte da bagagem. Foi uma experi?...

    I love Paul Theroux and this, one his first is the one which set me off. I wanted to re-read it before reading his new book about taking the same trip across Europe and Asia some thirty years later. In the early 70s which he writes about in this book there were no railways in Afghanis...

    This is the book that began a sub-genre of travel writing, or so it seems. While there are many varieties of travel narratives, Paul Theroux in The Great Railway Bazaar takes the reader in a somewhat different direction, for this author's travel books are in many ways more self-reflect...

    Just so we're clear from the beginning, Paul Theroux is a dick. Or a misanthrope or whatever else you want to call him. Now that we've got that behind us, this is one of the best books (and especially best travelogues) I have read. Written in 1975, Theroux traveled for four months by t...

    It took me over 40 days to complete this book and I was so glad when it ended. Not because I didn't like it, it just got very exhausting by the end. Also, because I was frustrated I was taking so much time and I hadn't finished any book in 2016. I loved the India and Vietnam chapters, ...

    A great read -- no review here, but will comment when I've read (soon) Ghost Train..., which is The Great Railway Bazaar redux, 30 years later. ...

    Anno 1973. Il giro dell'Asia in treno, senza passare dalla Cina, partendo da Londra. Da Parigi a Istanbul si va con l'Orient Express (esisteva ancora, anche se molto scalcagnato), poi Turchia, Iran, Afghanistan, Pakistan, India (compresa Ceylon), Birmania, Thailandia, Malesia, Cambogia...

    From my February 5, 2007 blog http://blogs.sun.com/katysblog/entry/... The Great Railway Bazaar (by Paul Theroux) I finished one book on the drive home and had to go to Border's for a new book to get me through dinner. I thus interrupted my current naval reading theme with the q...

    This is perhaps the dullest travelogue that I've ever read. Imagine cruising from London through Paris, Turkey, Iran, Afghanistan, Pakistan, India, Thailand, Japan, Siberia and back to London on nothing but trains for commute - long journeys punctuated with local food, local people, lo...

    Show Dont Tell. There are descriptions instead of conversations, there is scorn (and racism maybe) instead of understanding, acidic snobbery instead of empathy and a lot of whining. Even Naipaul was harsh in his criticism, but here the criticism extends to making fun of people's appea...

  • Matt
    Jul 18, 2012

    Paul Theroux...you are a miserable bastard. On every excruciating page of this around Europe and Asia whine-fest, I wanted to shake your self-righteous little New England prick shoulders and beat some enjoyment into your crabby-bastardness. The trains are late or crowded or smel...

    I?ve been hearing about Theroux for years and yet had never read one of books. The idea of reading about a man journeying alone was something I couldn?t quite settle to. Would it be tedious and repetitious? Perhaps it?d be like delving into one of those dry guidebooks we?ve all...

    oh dear, yes, he's observant and turns a pretty phrase on every page, makes you laugh, etc. but he's so contemptuous of everyone he comes across i lost interest. skipped all the trains between india and the soviet union. he really loses it at the end and addresses all the russians he m...

    Penso (pensava) que viajar algo para viver, no para ler ou ouvir contar; por isso nunca me interessei por literatura de viagens. Mas como tenho um fraquinho por comboios, e muitos dos livros do Paul Theroux tm comboios nas capas, decidi escolher um para experimentar: O Grande Ba...

    The book is an account of a journey through Europe and Asia by train. The concept is good, and the author made a great journey, and has the gift of story telling. But the author himself comes across as a stupid, rude and horrible person who abuses random people, makes snide remarks, pl...

    I started out liking this book, but the author started to grate on my nerves. He took an amazing trip on trains from Europe to Turkey to Iran through Asia including Thailand, Japan, and Siberia. For a large portion of his journey, he is following the "hippie trail," popular in the 1960...

    I really want to take this exact 1975 series of train journeys - I mean who wouldn't - The Orient Express , The Golden Arrow , The Trans-Siberian but I can't even make it out of France with this obnoxious, Eurocentric, Chablis swilling, ..... I know its a travel classic but its terr...

    So Paul Theroux takes a trip from Paris to Japan and back, all on the railroad (with some minor air and sea deviations), seeing the world in all its sundry chaos on the way. I couldn't have been more excited to start this book when I did, being a lover of train travel (mostly without t...

    Less a travel book and more a book about the physical act of travelling. Theroux has a refreshing lack of romance about the journey and the places he visits; most places are dirty, dull, unbearably hot or cold, and full of locals whose sole aim seems to be to rip him off. And although ...

  • Lit Bug
    Jun 06, 2013

    Paul Theroux...you are a miserable bastard. On every excruciating page of this around Europe and Asia whine-fest, I wanted to shake your self-righteous little New England prick shoulders and beat some enjoyment into your crabby-bastardness. The trains are late or crowded or smel...

    I?ve been hearing about Theroux for years and yet had never read one of books. The idea of reading about a man journeying alone was something I couldn?t quite settle to. Would it be tedious and repetitious? Perhaps it?d be like delving into one of those dry guidebooks we?ve all...

    oh dear, yes, he's observant and turns a pretty phrase on every page, makes you laugh, etc. but he's so contemptuous of everyone he comes across i lost interest. skipped all the trains between india and the soviet union. he really loses it at the end and addresses all the russians he m...

    Penso (pensava) que viajar algo para viver, no para ler ou ouvir contar; por isso nunca me interessei por literatura de viagens. Mas como tenho um fraquinho por comboios, e muitos dos livros do Paul Theroux tm comboios nas capas, decidi escolher um para experimentar: O Grande Ba...

    The book is an account of a journey through Europe and Asia by train. The concept is good, and the author made a great journey, and has the gift of story telling. But the author himself comes across as a stupid, rude and horrible person who abuses random people, makes snide remarks, pl...

    I started out liking this book, but the author started to grate on my nerves. He took an amazing trip on trains from Europe to Turkey to Iran through Asia including Thailand, Japan, and Siberia. For a large portion of his journey, he is following the "hippie trail," popular in the 1960...

    I really want to take this exact 1975 series of train journeys - I mean who wouldn't - The Orient Express , The Golden Arrow , The Trans-Siberian but I can't even make it out of France with this obnoxious, Eurocentric, Chablis swilling, ..... I know its a travel classic but its terr...

    So Paul Theroux takes a trip from Paris to Japan and back, all on the railroad (with some minor air and sea deviations), seeing the world in all its sundry chaos on the way. I couldn't have been more excited to start this book when I did, being a lover of train travel (mostly without t...

    Less a travel book and more a book about the physical act of travelling. Theroux has a refreshing lack of romance about the journey and the places he visits; most places are dirty, dull, unbearably hot or cold, and full of locals whose sole aim seems to be to rip him off. And although ...

    In theory nothing is more romantic than a long voyage aboard a train. In reality you tend to get yourself into strange situations, meet questionable characters, occasionally starve, and be left to your own devices and demons for days at a time, while you bob gently in solitude alon...

    Whereas this appears on the surface to be the story of one man taking trains around Asia, it is more an exploration of Theroux's own internal wanderlust. It is also fascinating to today's readers since it was written in 1975 and so much has changed since then, though perhaps most insis...

    The travelogue of a drunk, imperialist, chauvinist, self-righteous, elitist travelling in first class, flaunting rules and baksheesh in equal measure, and generally getting on everybody's nerves and goodwill. With that as the base, the rest of the book is engaging enough, especially th...

    This book portrays how I feel about travel better than I can articulate. It shows all the effort, the trouble, the fear, the discomfort, the cost, the worry - all the unpleasantness about travel - but at the same time shows why people want to travel despite it all. Not that I would tra...

    Aqui est um pequeno mundo dentro de um livro. Um mundo em movimento e parado ao mesmo tempo, como uma viagem de combio. um sonho viajar e esta aparenta, a mim pelo menos, ser uma viagem de sonho, mas concretiza-nos ao ponto de nos sentirmos como parte da bagagem. Foi uma experi?...

    I love Paul Theroux and this, one his first is the one which set me off. I wanted to re-read it before reading his new book about taking the same trip across Europe and Asia some thirty years later. In the early 70s which he writes about in this book there were no railways in Afghanis...

    This is the book that began a sub-genre of travel writing, or so it seems. While there are many varieties of travel narratives, Paul Theroux in The Great Railway Bazaar takes the reader in a somewhat different direction, for this author's travel books are in many ways more self-reflect...

    Just so we're clear from the beginning, Paul Theroux is a dick. Or a misanthrope or whatever else you want to call him. Now that we've got that behind us, this is one of the best books (and especially best travelogues) I have read. Written in 1975, Theroux traveled for four months by t...

    It took me over 40 days to complete this book and I was so glad when it ended. Not because I didn't like it, it just got very exhausting by the end. Also, because I was frustrated I was taking so much time and I hadn't finished any book in 2016. I loved the India and Vietnam chapters, ...

    A great read -- no review here, but will comment when I've read (soon) Ghost Train..., which is The Great Railway Bazaar redux, 30 years later. ...

    Anno 1973. Il giro dell'Asia in treno, senza passare dalla Cina, partendo da Londra. Da Parigi a Istanbul si va con l'Orient Express (esisteva ancora, anche se molto scalcagnato), poi Turchia, Iran, Afghanistan, Pakistan, India (compresa Ceylon), Birmania, Thailandia, Malesia, Cambogia...

    From my February 5, 2007 blog http://blogs.sun.com/katysblog/entry/... The Great Railway Bazaar (by Paul Theroux) I finished one book on the drive home and had to go to Border's for a new book to get me through dinner. I thus interrupted my current naval reading theme with the q...

    This is perhaps the dullest travelogue that I've ever read. Imagine cruising from London through Paris, Turkey, Iran, Afghanistan, Pakistan, India, Thailand, Japan, Siberia and back to London on nothing but trains for commute - long journeys punctuated with local food, local people, lo...

  • Luís Miguel
    Aug 12, 2013

    Paul Theroux...you are a miserable bastard. On every excruciating page of this around Europe and Asia whine-fest, I wanted to shake your self-righteous little New England prick shoulders and beat some enjoyment into your crabby-bastardness. The trains are late or crowded or smel...

    I?ve been hearing about Theroux for years and yet had never read one of books. The idea of reading about a man journeying alone was something I couldn?t quite settle to. Would it be tedious and repetitious? Perhaps it?d be like delving into one of those dry guidebooks we?ve all...

    oh dear, yes, he's observant and turns a pretty phrase on every page, makes you laugh, etc. but he's so contemptuous of everyone he comes across i lost interest. skipped all the trains between india and the soviet union. he really loses it at the end and addresses all the russians he m...

    Penso (pensava) que viajar algo para viver, no para ler ou ouvir contar; por isso nunca me interessei por literatura de viagens. Mas como tenho um fraquinho por comboios, e muitos dos livros do Paul Theroux tm comboios nas capas, decidi escolher um para experimentar: O Grande Ba...

    The book is an account of a journey through Europe and Asia by train. The concept is good, and the author made a great journey, and has the gift of story telling. But the author himself comes across as a stupid, rude and horrible person who abuses random people, makes snide remarks, pl...

    I started out liking this book, but the author started to grate on my nerves. He took an amazing trip on trains from Europe to Turkey to Iran through Asia including Thailand, Japan, and Siberia. For a large portion of his journey, he is following the "hippie trail," popular in the 1960...

    I really want to take this exact 1975 series of train journeys - I mean who wouldn't - The Orient Express , The Golden Arrow , The Trans-Siberian but I can't even make it out of France with this obnoxious, Eurocentric, Chablis swilling, ..... I know its a travel classic but its terr...

    So Paul Theroux takes a trip from Paris to Japan and back, all on the railroad (with some minor air and sea deviations), seeing the world in all its sundry chaos on the way. I couldn't have been more excited to start this book when I did, being a lover of train travel (mostly without t...

    Less a travel book and more a book about the physical act of travelling. Theroux has a refreshing lack of romance about the journey and the places he visits; most places are dirty, dull, unbearably hot or cold, and full of locals whose sole aim seems to be to rip him off. And although ...

    In theory nothing is more romantic than a long voyage aboard a train. In reality you tend to get yourself into strange situations, meet questionable characters, occasionally starve, and be left to your own devices and demons for days at a time, while you bob gently in solitude alon...

    Whereas this appears on the surface to be the story of one man taking trains around Asia, it is more an exploration of Theroux's own internal wanderlust. It is also fascinating to today's readers since it was written in 1975 and so much has changed since then, though perhaps most insis...

    The travelogue of a drunk, imperialist, chauvinist, self-righteous, elitist travelling in first class, flaunting rules and baksheesh in equal measure, and generally getting on everybody's nerves and goodwill. With that as the base, the rest of the book is engaging enough, especially th...

    This book portrays how I feel about travel better than I can articulate. It shows all the effort, the trouble, the fear, the discomfort, the cost, the worry - all the unpleasantness about travel - but at the same time shows why people want to travel despite it all. Not that I would tra...

    Aqui est um pequeno mundo dentro de um livro. Um mundo em movimento e parado ao mesmo tempo, como uma viagem de combio. um sonho viajar e esta aparenta, a mim pelo menos, ser uma viagem de sonho, mas concretiza-nos ao ponto de nos sentirmos como parte da bagagem. Foi uma experi?...

  • Malvika
    Aug 03, 2013

    Paul Theroux...you are a miserable bastard. On every excruciating page of this around Europe and Asia whine-fest, I wanted to shake your self-righteous little New England prick shoulders and beat some enjoyment into your crabby-bastardness. The trains are late or crowded or smel...

    I?ve been hearing about Theroux for years and yet had never read one of books. The idea of reading about a man journeying alone was something I couldn?t quite settle to. Would it be tedious and repetitious? Perhaps it?d be like delving into one of those dry guidebooks we?ve all...

    oh dear, yes, he's observant and turns a pretty phrase on every page, makes you laugh, etc. but he's so contemptuous of everyone he comes across i lost interest. skipped all the trains between india and the soviet union. he really loses it at the end and addresses all the russians he m...

    Penso (pensava) que viajar algo para viver, no para ler ou ouvir contar; por isso nunca me interessei por literatura de viagens. Mas como tenho um fraquinho por comboios, e muitos dos livros do Paul Theroux tm comboios nas capas, decidi escolher um para experimentar: O Grande Ba...

    The book is an account of a journey through Europe and Asia by train. The concept is good, and the author made a great journey, and has the gift of story telling. But the author himself comes across as a stupid, rude and horrible person who abuses random people, makes snide remarks, pl...

    I started out liking this book, but the author started to grate on my nerves. He took an amazing trip on trains from Europe to Turkey to Iran through Asia including Thailand, Japan, and Siberia. For a large portion of his journey, he is following the "hippie trail," popular in the 1960...

    I really want to take this exact 1975 series of train journeys - I mean who wouldn't - The Orient Express , The Golden Arrow , The Trans-Siberian but I can't even make it out of France with this obnoxious, Eurocentric, Chablis swilling, ..... I know its a travel classic but its terr...

    So Paul Theroux takes a trip from Paris to Japan and back, all on the railroad (with some minor air and sea deviations), seeing the world in all its sundry chaos on the way. I couldn't have been more excited to start this book when I did, being a lover of train travel (mostly without t...

    Less a travel book and more a book about the physical act of travelling. Theroux has a refreshing lack of romance about the journey and the places he visits; most places are dirty, dull, unbearably hot or cold, and full of locals whose sole aim seems to be to rip him off. And although ...

    In theory nothing is more romantic than a long voyage aboard a train. In reality you tend to get yourself into strange situations, meet questionable characters, occasionally starve, and be left to your own devices and demons for days at a time, while you bob gently in solitude alon...

    Whereas this appears on the surface to be the story of one man taking trains around Asia, it is more an exploration of Theroux's own internal wanderlust. It is also fascinating to today's readers since it was written in 1975 and so much has changed since then, though perhaps most insis...

    The travelogue of a drunk, imperialist, chauvinist, self-righteous, elitist travelling in first class, flaunting rules and baksheesh in equal measure, and generally getting on everybody's nerves and goodwill. With that as the base, the rest of the book is engaging enough, especially th...

    This book portrays how I feel about travel better than I can articulate. It shows all the effort, the trouble, the fear, the discomfort, the cost, the worry - all the unpleasantness about travel - but at the same time shows why people want to travel despite it all. Not that I would tra...

    Aqui est um pequeno mundo dentro de um livro. Um mundo em movimento e parado ao mesmo tempo, como uma viagem de combio. um sonho viajar e esta aparenta, a mim pelo menos, ser uma viagem de sonho, mas concretiza-nos ao ponto de nos sentirmos como parte da bagagem. Foi uma experi?...

    I love Paul Theroux and this, one his first is the one which set me off. I wanted to re-read it before reading his new book about taking the same trip across Europe and Asia some thirty years later. In the early 70s which he writes about in this book there were no railways in Afghanis...

    This is the book that began a sub-genre of travel writing, or so it seems. While there are many varieties of travel narratives, Paul Theroux in The Great Railway Bazaar takes the reader in a somewhat different direction, for this author's travel books are in many ways more self-reflect...

    Just so we're clear from the beginning, Paul Theroux is a dick. Or a misanthrope or whatever else you want to call him. Now that we've got that behind us, this is one of the best books (and especially best travelogues) I have read. Written in 1975, Theroux traveled for four months by t...

    It took me over 40 days to complete this book and I was so glad when it ended. Not because I didn't like it, it just got very exhausting by the end. Also, because I was frustrated I was taking so much time and I hadn't finished any book in 2016. I loved the India and Vietnam chapters, ...

  • Phuong Vy Le
    Mar 10, 2016

    Paul Theroux...you are a miserable bastard. On every excruciating page of this around Europe and Asia whine-fest, I wanted to shake your self-righteous little New England prick shoulders and beat some enjoyment into your crabby-bastardness. The trains are late or crowded or smel...

    I?ve been hearing about Theroux for years and yet had never read one of books. The idea of reading about a man journeying alone was something I couldn?t quite settle to. Would it be tedious and repetitious? Perhaps it?d be like delving into one of those dry guidebooks we?ve all...

    oh dear, yes, he's observant and turns a pretty phrase on every page, makes you laugh, etc. but he's so contemptuous of everyone he comes across i lost interest. skipped all the trains between india and the soviet union. he really loses it at the end and addresses all the russians he m...

    Penso (pensava) que viajar algo para viver, no para ler ou ouvir contar; por isso nunca me interessei por literatura de viagens. Mas como tenho um fraquinho por comboios, e muitos dos livros do Paul Theroux tm comboios nas capas, decidi escolher um para experimentar: O Grande Ba...

    The book is an account of a journey through Europe and Asia by train. The concept is good, and the author made a great journey, and has the gift of story telling. But the author himself comes across as a stupid, rude and horrible person who abuses random people, makes snide remarks, pl...

    I started out liking this book, but the author started to grate on my nerves. He took an amazing trip on trains from Europe to Turkey to Iran through Asia including Thailand, Japan, and Siberia. For a large portion of his journey, he is following the "hippie trail," popular in the 1960...

    I really want to take this exact 1975 series of train journeys - I mean who wouldn't - The Orient Express , The Golden Arrow , The Trans-Siberian but I can't even make it out of France with this obnoxious, Eurocentric, Chablis swilling, ..... I know its a travel classic but its terr...

    So Paul Theroux takes a trip from Paris to Japan and back, all on the railroad (with some minor air and sea deviations), seeing the world in all its sundry chaos on the way. I couldn't have been more excited to start this book when I did, being a lover of train travel (mostly without t...

    Less a travel book and more a book about the physical act of travelling. Theroux has a refreshing lack of romance about the journey and the places he visits; most places are dirty, dull, unbearably hot or cold, and full of locals whose sole aim seems to be to rip him off. And although ...

    In theory nothing is more romantic than a long voyage aboard a train. In reality you tend to get yourself into strange situations, meet questionable characters, occasionally starve, and be left to your own devices and demons for days at a time, while you bob gently in solitude alon...

    Whereas this appears on the surface to be the story of one man taking trains around Asia, it is more an exploration of Theroux's own internal wanderlust. It is also fascinating to today's readers since it was written in 1975 and so much has changed since then, though perhaps most insis...

    The travelogue of a drunk, imperialist, chauvinist, self-righteous, elitist travelling in first class, flaunting rules and baksheesh in equal measure, and generally getting on everybody's nerves and goodwill. With that as the base, the rest of the book is engaging enough, especially th...

    This book portrays how I feel about travel better than I can articulate. It shows all the effort, the trouble, the fear, the discomfort, the cost, the worry - all the unpleasantness about travel - but at the same time shows why people want to travel despite it all. Not that I would tra...

    Aqui est um pequeno mundo dentro de um livro. Um mundo em movimento e parado ao mesmo tempo, como uma viagem de combio. um sonho viajar e esta aparenta, a mim pelo menos, ser uma viagem de sonho, mas concretiza-nos ao ponto de nos sentirmos como parte da bagagem. Foi uma experi?...

    I love Paul Theroux and this, one his first is the one which set me off. I wanted to re-read it before reading his new book about taking the same trip across Europe and Asia some thirty years later. In the early 70s which he writes about in this book there were no railways in Afghanis...

    This is the book that began a sub-genre of travel writing, or so it seems. While there are many varieties of travel narratives, Paul Theroux in The Great Railway Bazaar takes the reader in a somewhat different direction, for this author's travel books are in many ways more self-reflect...

    Just so we're clear from the beginning, Paul Theroux is a dick. Or a misanthrope or whatever else you want to call him. Now that we've got that behind us, this is one of the best books (and especially best travelogues) I have read. Written in 1975, Theroux traveled for four months by t...

    It took me over 40 days to complete this book and I was so glad when it ended. Not because I didn't like it, it just got very exhausting by the end. Also, because I was frustrated I was taking so much time and I hadn't finished any book in 2016. I loved the India and Vietnam chapters, ...

    A great read -- no review here, but will comment when I've read (soon) Ghost Train..., which is The Great Railway Bazaar redux, 30 years later. ...

    Anno 1973. Il giro dell'Asia in treno, senza passare dalla Cina, partendo da Londra. Da Parigi a Istanbul si va con l'Orient Express (esisteva ancora, anche se molto scalcagnato), poi Turchia, Iran, Afghanistan, Pakistan, India (compresa Ceylon), Birmania, Thailandia, Malesia, Cambogia...

    From my February 5, 2007 blog http://blogs.sun.com/katysblog/entry/... The Great Railway Bazaar (by Paul Theroux) I finished one book on the drive home and had to go to Border's for a new book to get me through dinner. I thus interrupted my current naval reading theme with the q...

    This is perhaps the dullest travelogue that I've ever read. Imagine cruising from London through Paris, Turkey, Iran, Afghanistan, Pakistan, India, Thailand, Japan, Siberia and back to London on nothing but trains for commute - long journeys punctuated with local food, local people, lo...

    Show Dont Tell. There are descriptions instead of conversations, there is scorn (and racism maybe) instead of understanding, acidic snobbery instead of empathy and a lot of whining. Even Naipaul was harsh in his criticism, but here the criticism extends to making fun of people's appea...

    The vast majority of travel writing is bullshit, unreadable trash written by pretentious windbags about their supposedly "unique" experiences... But Paul Theroux pulls it off. Perhaps it's shitty of me to say this, but he does an awfully good job of vocalizing my own misanthropic pe...

    Theroux, Trains and white male shitfuckery I?ve never read Paul Theroux before. I?ve heard of him. Everyone has heard of him. He is one of the most famous authors of his time, and my dushen?ka is also quite fond of him. I didn?t know that though. I picked this book up beca...

    I do not like reading travelogues and, as the author states in his introduction, nor does he. Neither did he have any intention of writing one. This story, however, is different. It is not about places, it is about the journey, the people and particularly about trains. What makes it su...

    Top! Brought me back to my own long trip in Asia 8 years ago ...

    *Review B?n Ti?ng Vi?t* Du K - C tnh c?a nh?ng hnh trnh "M?i chuy?n du hnh, rong ru?i, thm hi?m ??u l m?t th?c th? ring, ch?ng chuy?n ?i no gi?ng chuy?n ?i no. Chng c c tnh, tnh cch, s? c bi?t, s? ?...

  • Grahame Howard
    Nov 01, 2017

    Paul Theroux...you are a miserable bastard. On every excruciating page of this around Europe and Asia whine-fest, I wanted to shake your self-righteous little New England prick shoulders and beat some enjoyment into your crabby-bastardness. The trains are late or crowded or smel...

    I?ve been hearing about Theroux for years and yet had never read one of books. The idea of reading about a man journeying alone was something I couldn?t quite settle to. Would it be tedious and repetitious? Perhaps it?d be like delving into one of those dry guidebooks we?ve all...

    oh dear, yes, he's observant and turns a pretty phrase on every page, makes you laugh, etc. but he's so contemptuous of everyone he comes across i lost interest. skipped all the trains between india and the soviet union. he really loses it at the end and addresses all the russians he m...

    Penso (pensava) que viajar algo para viver, no para ler ou ouvir contar; por isso nunca me interessei por literatura de viagens. Mas como tenho um fraquinho por comboios, e muitos dos livros do Paul Theroux tm comboios nas capas, decidi escolher um para experimentar: O Grande Ba...

    The book is an account of a journey through Europe and Asia by train. The concept is good, and the author made a great journey, and has the gift of story telling. But the author himself comes across as a stupid, rude and horrible person who abuses random people, makes snide remarks, pl...

    I started out liking this book, but the author started to grate on my nerves. He took an amazing trip on trains from Europe to Turkey to Iran through Asia including Thailand, Japan, and Siberia. For a large portion of his journey, he is following the "hippie trail," popular in the 1960...

    I really want to take this exact 1975 series of train journeys - I mean who wouldn't - The Orient Express , The Golden Arrow , The Trans-Siberian but I can't even make it out of France with this obnoxious, Eurocentric, Chablis swilling, ..... I know its a travel classic but its terr...

    So Paul Theroux takes a trip from Paris to Japan and back, all on the railroad (with some minor air and sea deviations), seeing the world in all its sundry chaos on the way. I couldn't have been more excited to start this book when I did, being a lover of train travel (mostly without t...

    Less a travel book and more a book about the physical act of travelling. Theroux has a refreshing lack of romance about the journey and the places he visits; most places are dirty, dull, unbearably hot or cold, and full of locals whose sole aim seems to be to rip him off. And although ...

    In theory nothing is more romantic than a long voyage aboard a train. In reality you tend to get yourself into strange situations, meet questionable characters, occasionally starve, and be left to your own devices and demons for days at a time, while you bob gently in solitude alon...

    Whereas this appears on the surface to be the story of one man taking trains around Asia, it is more an exploration of Theroux's own internal wanderlust. It is also fascinating to today's readers since it was written in 1975 and so much has changed since then, though perhaps most insis...

    The travelogue of a drunk, imperialist, chauvinist, self-righteous, elitist travelling in first class, flaunting rules and baksheesh in equal measure, and generally getting on everybody's nerves and goodwill. With that as the base, the rest of the book is engaging enough, especially th...

    This book portrays how I feel about travel better than I can articulate. It shows all the effort, the trouble, the fear, the discomfort, the cost, the worry - all the unpleasantness about travel - but at the same time shows why people want to travel despite it all. Not that I would tra...

    Aqui est um pequeno mundo dentro de um livro. Um mundo em movimento e parado ao mesmo tempo, como uma viagem de combio. um sonho viajar e esta aparenta, a mim pelo menos, ser uma viagem de sonho, mas concretiza-nos ao ponto de nos sentirmos como parte da bagagem. Foi uma experi?...

    I love Paul Theroux and this, one his first is the one which set me off. I wanted to re-read it before reading his new book about taking the same trip across Europe and Asia some thirty years later. In the early 70s which he writes about in this book there were no railways in Afghanis...

    This is the book that began a sub-genre of travel writing, or so it seems. While there are many varieties of travel narratives, Paul Theroux in The Great Railway Bazaar takes the reader in a somewhat different direction, for this author's travel books are in many ways more self-reflect...

    Just so we're clear from the beginning, Paul Theroux is a dick. Or a misanthrope or whatever else you want to call him. Now that we've got that behind us, this is one of the best books (and especially best travelogues) I have read. Written in 1975, Theroux traveled for four months by t...

    It took me over 40 days to complete this book and I was so glad when it ended. Not because I didn't like it, it just got very exhausting by the end. Also, because I was frustrated I was taking so much time and I hadn't finished any book in 2016. I loved the India and Vietnam chapters, ...

    A great read -- no review here, but will comment when I've read (soon) Ghost Train..., which is The Great Railway Bazaar redux, 30 years later. ...

    Anno 1973. Il giro dell'Asia in treno, senza passare dalla Cina, partendo da Londra. Da Parigi a Istanbul si va con l'Orient Express (esisteva ancora, anche se molto scalcagnato), poi Turchia, Iran, Afghanistan, Pakistan, India (compresa Ceylon), Birmania, Thailandia, Malesia, Cambogia...

    From my February 5, 2007 blog http://blogs.sun.com/katysblog/entry/... The Great Railway Bazaar (by Paul Theroux) I finished one book on the drive home and had to go to Border's for a new book to get me through dinner. I thus interrupted my current naval reading theme with the q...

    This is perhaps the dullest travelogue that I've ever read. Imagine cruising from London through Paris, Turkey, Iran, Afghanistan, Pakistan, India, Thailand, Japan, Siberia and back to London on nothing but trains for commute - long journeys punctuated with local food, local people, lo...

    Show Dont Tell. There are descriptions instead of conversations, there is scorn (and racism maybe) instead of understanding, acidic snobbery instead of empathy and a lot of whining. Even Naipaul was harsh in his criticism, but here the criticism extends to making fun of people's appea...

    The vast majority of travel writing is bullshit, unreadable trash written by pretentious windbags about their supposedly "unique" experiences... But Paul Theroux pulls it off. Perhaps it's shitty of me to say this, but he does an awfully good job of vocalizing my own misanthropic pe...

    Theroux, Trains and white male shitfuckery I?ve never read Paul Theroux before. I?ve heard of him. Everyone has heard of him. He is one of the most famous authors of his time, and my dushen?ka is also quite fond of him. I didn?t know that though. I picked this book up beca...

    I do not like reading travelogues and, as the author states in his introduction, nor does he. Neither did he have any intention of writing one. This story, however, is different. It is not about places, it is about the journey, the people and particularly about trains. What makes it su...

  • Anfri Bogart
    Jan 29, 2018

    Paul Theroux...you are a miserable bastard. On every excruciating page of this around Europe and Asia whine-fest, I wanted to shake your self-righteous little New England prick shoulders and beat some enjoyment into your crabby-bastardness. The trains are late or crowded or smel...

    I?ve been hearing about Theroux for years and yet had never read one of books. The idea of reading about a man journeying alone was something I couldn?t quite settle to. Would it be tedious and repetitious? Perhaps it?d be like delving into one of those dry guidebooks we?ve all...

    oh dear, yes, he's observant and turns a pretty phrase on every page, makes you laugh, etc. but he's so contemptuous of everyone he comes across i lost interest. skipped all the trains between india and the soviet union. he really loses it at the end and addresses all the russians he m...

    Penso (pensava) que viajar algo para viver, no para ler ou ouvir contar; por isso nunca me interessei por literatura de viagens. Mas como tenho um fraquinho por comboios, e muitos dos livros do Paul Theroux tm comboios nas capas, decidi escolher um para experimentar: O Grande Ba...

    The book is an account of a journey through Europe and Asia by train. The concept is good, and the author made a great journey, and has the gift of story telling. But the author himself comes across as a stupid, rude and horrible person who abuses random people, makes snide remarks, pl...

    I started out liking this book, but the author started to grate on my nerves. He took an amazing trip on trains from Europe to Turkey to Iran through Asia including Thailand, Japan, and Siberia. For a large portion of his journey, he is following the "hippie trail," popular in the 1960...

    I really want to take this exact 1975 series of train journeys - I mean who wouldn't - The Orient Express , The Golden Arrow , The Trans-Siberian but I can't even make it out of France with this obnoxious, Eurocentric, Chablis swilling, ..... I know its a travel classic but its terr...

    So Paul Theroux takes a trip from Paris to Japan and back, all on the railroad (with some minor air and sea deviations), seeing the world in all its sundry chaos on the way. I couldn't have been more excited to start this book when I did, being a lover of train travel (mostly without t...

    Less a travel book and more a book about the physical act of travelling. Theroux has a refreshing lack of romance about the journey and the places he visits; most places are dirty, dull, unbearably hot or cold, and full of locals whose sole aim seems to be to rip him off. And although ...

    In theory nothing is more romantic than a long voyage aboard a train. In reality you tend to get yourself into strange situations, meet questionable characters, occasionally starve, and be left to your own devices and demons for days at a time, while you bob gently in solitude alon...

    Whereas this appears on the surface to be the story of one man taking trains around Asia, it is more an exploration of Theroux's own internal wanderlust. It is also fascinating to today's readers since it was written in 1975 and so much has changed since then, though perhaps most insis...

    The travelogue of a drunk, imperialist, chauvinist, self-righteous, elitist travelling in first class, flaunting rules and baksheesh in equal measure, and generally getting on everybody's nerves and goodwill. With that as the base, the rest of the book is engaging enough, especially th...

    This book portrays how I feel about travel better than I can articulate. It shows all the effort, the trouble, the fear, the discomfort, the cost, the worry - all the unpleasantness about travel - but at the same time shows why people want to travel despite it all. Not that I would tra...

    Aqui est um pequeno mundo dentro de um livro. Um mundo em movimento e parado ao mesmo tempo, como uma viagem de combio. um sonho viajar e esta aparenta, a mim pelo menos, ser uma viagem de sonho, mas concretiza-nos ao ponto de nos sentirmos como parte da bagagem. Foi uma experi?...

    I love Paul Theroux and this, one his first is the one which set me off. I wanted to re-read it before reading his new book about taking the same trip across Europe and Asia some thirty years later. In the early 70s which he writes about in this book there were no railways in Afghanis...

    This is the book that began a sub-genre of travel writing, or so it seems. While there are many varieties of travel narratives, Paul Theroux in The Great Railway Bazaar takes the reader in a somewhat different direction, for this author's travel books are in many ways more self-reflect...

    Just so we're clear from the beginning, Paul Theroux is a dick. Or a misanthrope or whatever else you want to call him. Now that we've got that behind us, this is one of the best books (and especially best travelogues) I have read. Written in 1975, Theroux traveled for four months by t...

    It took me over 40 days to complete this book and I was so glad when it ended. Not because I didn't like it, it just got very exhausting by the end. Also, because I was frustrated I was taking so much time and I hadn't finished any book in 2016. I loved the India and Vietnam chapters, ...

    A great read -- no review here, but will comment when I've read (soon) Ghost Train..., which is The Great Railway Bazaar redux, 30 years later. ...

    Anno 1973. Il giro dell'Asia in treno, senza passare dalla Cina, partendo da Londra. Da Parigi a Istanbul si va con l'Orient Express (esisteva ancora, anche se molto scalcagnato), poi Turchia, Iran, Afghanistan, Pakistan, India (compresa Ceylon), Birmania, Thailandia, Malesia, Cambogia...