The Great Railway Bazaar : By Train Through Asia, Paperback

The Great Railway Bazaar : By Train Through Asia Paperback

Part of the Penguin Modern Classics series

4 out of 5 (1 rating)


"The Great Railway Bazaar" is Paul Theroux's account of his epic journey by rail through Asia.

Filled with evocative names of legendary train routes - the Direct-Orient Express, the Khyber Pass Local, the Delhi Mail from Jaipur, the Golden Arrow to Kuala Lumpur, the Hikari Super Express to Kyoto and the Trans-Siberian Express - it describes the many places, cultures, sights and sounds he experienced and the fascinating people he met.

Here he overhears snippets of chat and occasional monologues, and is drawn into conversation with fellow passengers, from Molesworth, a British theatrical agent, and Sadik, a shabby Turkish tycoon, while avoiding the forceful approaches of pimps and drug dealers.

This wonderfully entertaining travelogue pays loving tribute to the romantic joys of railways and train travel.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 400 pages, 1 map
  • Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Travel writing
  • ISBN: 9780141189147



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Made me want to jump the next departing train and never get of. Feels a bit arrogant and superior at times, but if you manage to look past that you're in for a vvery vivid and exciting snapshot of life in europe and asia. Surreal and grittily realistic at the same time. I put this at the same level as Chatwin.

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