Ghost Train to the Eastern Star ePUB Ð Ghost Train

Ghost Train to the Eastern Star National BestsellerIn Ghost Train to the Eastern Star, Theroux recreates an epic journey he took thirty years ago, a giant loop by train mostly through Eastern Europe, Turkey, the Caucasus, Central Asia, the Indian Subcontinent, China, Japan, and Siberia In short, he traverses all of Asia top to bottom, and end to end In the three decades since he first travelled this route, Asia has undergone phenomenal change The Soviet Union has collapsed, China has risen, India booms, Burma slowly smothers, and Vietnam prospers despite the havoc unleashed upon it the last time Theroux passed through He witnesses all this and so much in a , mile journey, travelling as the locals do, by train, car, bus, and footHis odyssey takes him from Eastern Europe, still hungover from Communism, through tense but thriving Turkey, into the Caucasus, where Georgia limps back toward feudalism while its neighbour Azerbaijan revels in oil driven capitalism As he penetrates deeper into Asia s heart, his encounters take on an otherworldly cast The two chapters that follow show us Turkmenistan, a profoundly isolated society at the mercy of an almost comically egotistical dictator, and Uzbekistan, a ruthless authoritarian state From there, he retraces his steps through India, Mayanmar, China, and Japan, providing his penetrating observations on the changes these countries have undergoneBrilliant, caustic, and totally addictive, Ghost Train to the Eastern Star is Theroux at his very best


About the Author: Paul Theroux

Paul Edward Theroux is an American travel writer and novelist, whose best known work is The Great Railway Bazaar 1975 , a travelogue about a trip he made by train from Great Britain through Western and Eastern Europe, the Middle East, through South Asia, then South East Asia, up through East Asia, as far east as Japan, and then back across Russia to his point of origin Although perhaps best known as a travelogue writer, Theroux has also published numerous works of fiction, some of which were made into feature films He was awarded the 1981 James Tait Black Memorial Prize for his novel The Mosquito Coast.He is the father of Marcel and Louis Theroux, and the brother of Alexander and Peter Justin Theroux is his nephew.



10 thoughts on “Ghost Train to the Eastern Star

  1. Daren Daren says:

    Theroux s non fiction travel is really a thing of it s own It sits adjacent tonormal travel writing, as he is not about the visa drama, the border crossing, the tourist spots, museums or what he had for lunch This book, however, is slightly different to his earlier books perhaps that is his mellowing with age, or perhaps it is that he isreflective in this book, where he traced the route


  2. Chrissie Chrissie says:

    Travels from England to France to Germany to Austria to Hungary to Romania to Bulgaria to Turkey to Georgia to Turkmenistan to India to Sri Lanka to Burma to Thailand and China and Laos and Malaysia and Singapore and Cambodia and Vietnam and Japan and Russia via the Trans Siberian Railroad He returns to England by fast trains via Belarus then Berlin, Paris and Kent The captivating parts be


  3. W W says:

    Over three decades after the series of train journeys which he described in The Great Railway Bazar,Paul Theroux is back following his own footsteps recreating those journeys,and adds some new destinations as well.I liked this book eventhan The Great Railway Bazar.There was one disappointment,however.This time he didn t venture into Pakistan.Whatever was happening in the country at the time,


  4. Diane in Australia Diane in Australia says:

    Thirty years have passed when Paul decides to retrace the journey he made in The Great Railway Bazaar Due to circumstances, he isn t able to duplicate it exactly, and has to miss some bits He does manage to get into some places he was unable to visit during his first trip, so, that s a plus.The pleasure of this book is doubled, because we get to read how the places have changed, AND we get to


  5. Andrew Smith Andrew Smith says:

    Three years ago I listened to an audio version of the author s The Great Railway Bazaar The story of a journey, largely by train, that took Theroux from London through Eastern Europe before covering Asia pretty much top to bottom, ending his journey in Siberia I found it exciting and amusing a young man in his early thirties on this big adventure He met strange people and visited obscure places


  6. Shovelmonkey1 Shovelmonkey1 says:

    Travel is forced upon some and for others it is a decadent pursuit see recent Grazia article regarding Princess Beatrice, Kate Moss, Simon Cowell et al toasting themselves like smug pink seals on the beaches of St Barts And there is the other category where travel is a way of life and a part of life and Paul Theroux, greatest, frequently most jaded est and cynical of all modern travel writers fall


  7. Bob Bob says:

    Dang, there was an awesome quote toward the end of this massive travelogue, where the author addresses the reader directly, congratulating him or her on reading long past the point of comfort and common sense Only the truly dedicated reader, writer, or traveler will love this bookand if it hadn t been overdue at the library, I would transcribe it here.Endurance itself is one of the innumerable topic


  8. Gerald Sinstadt Gerald Sinstadt says:

    The reader who opens the first page of a travel book is about to embark upon a journey with the author it helps if they are compatible people Having travelled profitably with Theroux previously, I found in this book that I came progressively to dislike himand .The tipping point was Singapore In earlier days as a lecturer there, Theroux was apparently badly treated Now, decades later, he takes his calc


  9. Radiantflux Radiantflux says:

    27th book for 2020.Paul Theroux made his fortune at thirty three as a writer with The Great Railway Bazaar describing about a series of train trips he took that brought him from London to Tokyo and back in mid 1970s Thirty three years later he decided to take try to repeat the train trip and write another book.I hated his first book I found him superficial, arrogant and mean spirited I also found the wr


  10. Julie Durnell Julie Durnell says:

    My first book of Paul Theroux I thoroughly enjoyed traveling along with him throughout Eastern Europe into Asia and ending in Siberia I wanted to read The Great Railway Bazaar but decided to read this one first and I think I will be glad I did, as I believe his writing has mellowed a bit from the first book written thirty some years previously My favorite part of the journey was Japan I discovered many pl


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