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READ The Old Patagonian Express By Train Through the Americas Paul Theroux ☆ 1 FREE READ SUMMARY ↠ PADDINGTONFESTIVAL.CO.UK ☆ Paul Theroux Theroux tells of his voyage from ice bound Massachusetts and Illinois to the arid plateau of Argentina's most southerly tip Sweating and shivering by turns as the temperature and altitude shoot up I suppose Paul Theroux s travel writing isn t for everyone If you don t like his traveling persona you aren t likely to enjoy his books That being said I like his traveling persona so every travel book is a pleasure and there are still books to be read But I decided to read The Old Patagonia Express because a friend reminded me that he travels to South America in this book South America is a place that I have had a recent interest in and this summer I made my first visit to the continent when I attended a conference in Peru I often travel alone like Theroux for different reasons perhaps Theroux writes about travel being its best as a solitary experience in that you get to see examine assess alone which is something that reuires that you be unencumbered with a companion I m not sure that I completely agree but I feel that traveling alone does give you this perspective In my case few people have the time or inclination to travel the way I do so I tend to visit friends in far flung places and combine work with leisure travel I would rather have companions but I agree that you have better mediation while traveling alone with the time and peace to think clearly without the company of other peopleI am also an avid reader and traveling gives you ample time to read something which Theroux always incorporates into his travel writing During this trip he takes a somewhat academic approach During the first leg he reads obscure novels from some of America s most famous authors The Wild Palms by Faulkner Pudd nhead Wilson by Mark Twain The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym of Nantucket by Edgar Allen Poe and The Assassination Bureau Ltd By Jack London Of these he has persuaded me to read the Twain and Poe works the Poe novel he called the most horrifying novel he has ever read Some of his other light reading includes The Life of Samuel Johnson by Thomas Boswell he read this large tome twice on the journey and The Pledge Reuiem for the Detective Novel by Friedrich Durrenmatt In the final chapter he visits Jorge Luis Borges and reads him Kipling it seems that while he was traveling The New York Times book review ran an article by Theroux on Kipling so he was able to visit Borges who he shared a publisher with In fact Theroux s whole section on Argentina was so complimentary that he inspired me to give up my plans for going to Brazil next year for a conference in favor of Argentina This books comes across as somewhat exotic since it was written in the late 70s when there were many dictators and eroding states in Central and South America The Peru and Panama he writes of no longer exist and are far different from what I encountered in visits to these two countries in the last two years Panama is thriving as they expand the canal which was still in dispute when Theroux visited where he stayed among the American Zonians He had no affection for Torres the way that Graham Greene did who was visiting Panama during the same time Peru was a backwater and had yet to endure the long terrorist counterterrorist war of the 90s It is now one of the leading economies in South America In addition he does an excellent job of describing and characterizing those budget travelers who boast of the currency exchange rates and 5 a day budgets among the most tedious of travelers in my opinion of which there is no shortage of in SE Asia While traveling through Costa Rica he talks of inspiration for a novel set there on the Mosuito Coast about a family of castaways based on the missionaries he sees while traveling in Central America This would of course becomes one of his great successes the novel The Mosuito Coast which was subseuently made into a film starring Harrison Ford I really enjoyed this book and it gave me a lot of food for thought inspired me to seek out some of those forgotten American classics as well as move Argentina up on my list of countries to visit Sociology of Higher Education Contributions and Their Contexts journey and The Pledge Reuiem for the Detective Novel by Friedrich Durrenmatt In the final chapter he visits Jorge Luis Borges and reads him Kipling it seems that while he was traveling The New York Times book review ran an article by Theroux on Kipling so he was able to visit Borges who he shared a publisher with In fact Theroux s whole section on Argentina was so complimentary that he inspired me to give up my plans for going to Brazil next year for a conference in favor of Argentina This books comes across as somewhat exotic since it was written in the late 70s when there were many dictators and eroding states in Central and South America The Peru and Panama he writes of no longer exist and are far different from what I encountered in visits to these two countries in the last two years Panama is thriving as they expand the canal which was still in dispute when Theroux visited where he stayed among the American Zonians He had no affection for Torres the way that Graham Greene did who was visiting Panama during the same time Peru was a backwater and had yet to endure the long terrorist counterterrorist war of the 90s It is now one of the leading economies in South America In addition he does an excellent Georg Buchner job of describing and characterizing those budget travelers who boast of the currency exchange rates and 5 a day budgets among the most tedious of travelers in my opinion of which there is no shortage of in SE Asia While traveling through Costa Rica he talks of inspiration for a novel set there on the Mosuito Coast about a family of castaways based on the missionaries he sees while traveling in Central America This would of course becomes one of his great successes the novel The Mosuito Coast which was subseuently made into a film starring Harrison Ford I really enjoyed this book and it gave me a lot of food for thought inspired me to seek out some of those forgotten American classics as well as move Argentina up on my list of countries to visit

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READ The Old Patagonian Express By Train Through the Americas Paul Theroux ☆ 1 FREE READ SUMMARY ↠ PADDINGTONFESTIVAL.CO.UK ☆ Paul Theroux And down thrown in with the appalling Mr Thornberry in Limón and reading nightly to the blind writer Borges in Buenos Aires Theroux vividly evokes the contrasts of a journey 'to the end of the line Yes he is a curmudgeon but I still love his booksThis one in particular fed into my wish to someday travel I was a poor student who thought travel was only for the rich I didn t realize you could do it cheaply if you don t mind a few discomforts It gave the information I needed to take journeys that expanded my world viewThe book reads like a diary of his travel from Boston to Tierra del Fuego most of the time by train Along the way he meets both ordinary famous people most of whom he dislikes At the beginning of his train trip he meets a self centered young woman who gives him a rundown of her dietary needs and sensitivities She is a the first of many people who will annoy and confound him He also manages to meet luminaries like Jorge Luis Borges Even Borges doesn t distract him from train schedules breakdowns people and misunderstanding that he thinks exist only to thwart his enjoyment He hates everyone and everything but manages to describe it all in hilarious proseI know many people dislike his grouchy persona they wonder why he even travels Give him a break he is like one of those old fashioned uncles at least in literature who fill your head with wonderful images of far away places while complaining about the most trivial problems You know he s finicky so all you take in is the wonder of discovering new placesI will always love this book and Mr Theroux for leading me out of small Midwestern town USA How else would I have found myself hitching a ride to Otoval market ECUADOR on top of a precarious truck carrying vegetables chickens Two Japanese sisters made the trip even fun as we screamed laughed all the way A trip of a lifetime on a shoe string budget Luckily I was young enough to ignore discomfort so that I could enjoy new vistas and peopleI will always keep my worn copy of this book I give it 5 stars for inspiration hilarity and practical advice Refined Tastes Sugar Confectionery and Consumers in Nineteenth Century America The Johns Hopkins University Studies in Historical and Political Science journey 'to the end of the line Yes he is a curmudgeon but I still love his booksThis one in particular fed into my wish to someday travel I was a poor student who thought travel was only for the rich I didn t realize you could do it cheaply if you don t mind a few discomforts It gave the information I needed to take Transforming Students journeys that expanded my world viewThe book reads like a diary of his travel from Boston to Tierra del Fuego most of the time by train Along the way he meets both ordinary famous people most of whom he dislikes At the beginning of his train trip he meets a self centered young woman who gives him a rundown of her dietary needs and sensitivities She is a the first of many people who will annoy and confound him He also manages to meet luminaries like Jorge Luis Borges Even Borges doesn t distract him from train schedules breakdowns people and misunderstanding that he thinks exist only to thwart his enjoyment He hates everyone and everything but manages to describe it all in hilarious proseI know many people dislike his grouchy persona they wonder why he even travels Give him a break he is like one of those old fashioned uncles at least in literature who fill your head with wonderful images of far away places while complaining about the most trivial problems You know he s finicky so all you take in is the wonder of discovering new placesI will always love this book and Mr Theroux for leading me out of small Midwestern town USA How else would I have found myself hitching a ride to Otoval market ECUADOR on top of a precarious truck carrying vegetables chickens Two Japanese sisters made the trip even fun as we screamed laughed all the way A trip of a lifetime on a shoe string budget Luckily I was young enough to ignore discomfort so that I could enjoy new vistas and peopleI will always keep my worn copy of this book I give it 5 stars for inspiration hilarity and practical advice

SUMMARY ↠ PADDINGTONFESTIVAL.CO.UK ☆ Paul Theroux

READ The Old Patagonian Express By Train Through the Americas Paul Theroux ☆ 1 FREE READ SUMMARY ↠ PADDINGTONFESTIVAL.CO.UK ☆ Paul Theroux A witty sharply observed journey down the length of North and South AmericaBeginning his journey in Boston where he boarded the subway commuter train and catching trains of all kinds on the way Paul Apart from the occasional uick dash on the Metro I haven t had much of a train life as never really needed them I do however recall the nostalgic memory of my first ever train ride aged about five sitting on board just prior to departure I was excited and couldn t keep still waiting for something extraordinary to happen but the most euphoria I got was when the train shot through a tunnel for all of 30 seconds other than that I gazed out yonder at the passing English countryside munching on a bag of sweets wondering what all the fuss was aboutReading Paul Theroux s epic rail journey from a snowy Boston all the way down to the vast emptiness of the Patagonian plateau has certainly opened my eyes as to what s possible it was a great pleasure but not without pitfalls Writing in his introduction he says that some people view a travel book as a type of novel and that others who have turned little trips into huge odysseys where self dramatization or invention is inevitable but Paul sets out to not to take a long journey as an inspiration to write but simply write about the journey whilst he s on it After completion I view this in two ways when describing the changing landscape his thoughts on the countries he passes and his experiences of being on the trains it definitely has the feel of a dairy or journal however when meeting people or having conversations you can t help read it like a novel apart from that is when he gets to hang out with Jorge Luis Borges in Buenos AiresStarting on the Boston subway on a freezing cold day Theroux sets off on his adventure after stopping in Chicago he heads south through Mississippi Texas and before you know it we are in Mexico this all happens within the first 50 pages or so so the bulk of reading is set mostly in central and south America And it s here where the problems start the heat for one thing plays a part in Theroux s restlessness and irritation and his writing changes from the calm beforeIt s safe to say he didn t think much of Guatemala El Salvador or Nicaragua and is constantly referring to the small towns as filthy rat holes full of huge muddy puddles crumbling buildings foul smells bug infested hotel rooms and sualid huts used as ticket stations this becomes repetitive and annoying but he can only go by what he sees with his own eyes never does Theroux turn something into which it is not He just wasn t prepared for the culture shock and fully realizing just how bad some places are But back on the train and heading into Costa Rica he was looking forward to what is described as one of the most beautiful rail routes in the world from the capital in the mountains through deep valleys on the north east to the tropical coast which because of it s rich jungle Columbus named Costa Rica when touched on his forth voyage in 1502Whist traveling alone he never gets the chance to be lonely striking up chat with locals talking of religion politics and how one makes a living there are also fellow travelers who always try to out do each other on where there have been Theroux would watch an ill tempered football match between El Salvador and Mexico badly cut his hand and spend most of the time worrying about infection get altitude sickness that ruined his journey through the Peruvian Andes and Machu Picchu this had passengers sucking oxygen out of balloons as a way to ease the suffering and bizarrely get a grand tour of a mortuary after he befriends a funeral director close to the Panama Canal his uest was certainly not a dull oneThere are moments of humor also he would chat to a group of drunks about how it seems the whole of central America in under military dictatorship and pass through Colombia on the eve of an election making comments about the drugs trade On a serious note the children that Theroux encounters are well below the poverty line like when he finds three young boys sleeping rough in a doorway barely clothed using each other for warmth one with a deathly cough Whilst just down the road there are huge condo s and tourists busily spending how can people just be left to rot where a country is concerned for visitors than their own people I thought the richpoor divide was bad enough in other parts of the world Undoubtedly the finest moment in the book comes in Argentina and has nothing to do with trains Theroux would meet up with Jorge Luis Borges in his Buenos Aires apartment browse through his monumental collection of books supposedly the biggest owned by any South American at the timego out for dinner at a fine restaurant after eating poorly for weeks walk him back home and indulge in book talk Borges who was blind by now even gets Paul to read him Poe and Kipling no different from how a parent would read to a child at bedtime this was really moving and a great touch as we head towards the end Once Theroux reaches Patagonia in all it s nothingness he would reflect back on the past few months and have a little laugh when thinking back to that day when he left a freezing Boston with people on the subway who were only just heading off to work All the Plants of the BibleText and Illustrations journey down the length of North and South AmericaBeginning his Fucking My Gullible Sister in Her Virgin Pussy journey in Boston where he boarded the subway commuter train and catching trains of all kinds on the way Paul Apart from the occasional uick dash on the Metro I haven t had much of a train life as never really needed them I do however recall the nostalgic memory of my first ever train ride aged about five sitting on board Venice Vampires just prior to departure I was excited and couldn t keep still waiting for something extraordinary to happen but the most euphoria I got was when the train shot through a tunnel for all of 30 seconds other than that I gazed out yonder at the passing English countryside munching on a bag of sweets wondering what all the fuss was aboutReading Paul Theroux s epic rail Venice Vampires 2 journey from a snowy Boston all the way down to the vast emptiness of the Patagonian plateau has certainly opened my eyes as to what s possible it was a great pleasure but not without pitfalls Writing in his introduction he says that some people view a travel book as a type of novel and that others who have turned little trips into huge odysseys where self dramatization or invention is inevitable but Paul sets out to not to take a long Venice Vampires 4 journey as an inspiration to write but simply write about the The Abyss Beckons journey whilst he s on it After completion I view this in two ways when describing the changing landscape his thoughts on the countries he passes and his experiences of being on the trains it definitely has the feel of a dairy or Influencing Powerful People journal however when meeting people or having conversations you can t help read it like a novel apart from that is when he gets to hang out with Jorge Luis Borges in Buenos AiresStarting on the Boston subway on a freezing cold day Theroux sets off on his adventure after stopping in Chicago he heads south through Mississippi Texas and before you know it we are in Mexico this all happens within the first 50 pages or so so the bulk of reading is set mostly in central and south America And it s here where the problems start the heat for one thing plays a part in Theroux s restlessness and irritation and his writing changes from the calm beforeIt s safe to say he didn t think much of Guatemala El Salvador or Nicaragua and is constantly referring to the small towns as filthy rat holes full of huge muddy puddles crumbling buildings foul smells bug infested hotel rooms and sualid huts used as ticket stations this becomes repetitive and annoying but he can only go by what he sees with his own eyes never does Theroux turn something into which it is not He Million Dollar Referrals just wasn t prepared for the culture shock and fully realizing The Meaning of Difference just how bad some places are But back on the train and heading into Costa Rica he was looking forward to what is described as one of the most beautiful rail routes in the world from the capital in the mountains through deep valleys on the north east to the tropical coast which because of it s rich The Acupuncture ResponseBalance Energy and Restore Health A Western Doctor Tells You How jungle Columbus named Costa Rica when touched on his forth voyage in 1502Whist traveling alone he never gets the chance to be lonely striking up chat with locals talking of religion politics and how one makes a living there are also fellow travelers who always try to out do each other on where there have been Theroux would watch an ill tempered football match between El Salvador and Mexico badly cut his hand and spend most of the time worrying about infection get altitude sickness that ruined his The Blue Book of Sailing journey through the Peruvian Andes and Machu Picchu this had passengers sucking oxygen out of balloons as a way to ease the suffering and bizarrely get a grand tour of a mortuary after he befriends a funeral director close to the Panama Canal his uest was certainly not a dull oneThere are moments of humor also he would chat to a group of drunks about how it seems the whole of central America in under military dictatorship and pass through Colombia on the eve of an election making comments about the drugs trade On a serious note the children that Theroux encounters are well below the poverty line like when he finds three young boys sleeping rough in a doorway barely clothed using each other for warmth one with a deathly cough Whilst Programmable Microcontrollers with Applications just down the road there are huge condo s and tourists busily spending how can people Cryptography Demystified just be left to rot where a country is concerned for visitors than their own people I thought the richpoor divide was bad enough in other parts of the world Undoubtedly the finest moment in the book comes in Argentina and has nothing to do with trains Theroux would meet up with Jorge Luis Borges in his Buenos Aires apartment browse through his monumental collection of books supposedly the biggest owned by any South American at the timego out for dinner at a fine restaurant after eating poorly for weeks walk him back home and indulge in book talk Borges who was blind by now even gets Paul to read him Poe and Kipling no different from how a parent would read to a child at bedtime this was really moving and a great touch as we head towards the end Once Theroux reaches Patagonia in all it s nothingness he would reflect back on the past few months and have a little laugh when thinking 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    SUMMARY ↠ PADDINGTONFESTIVAL.CO.UK ☆ Paul Theroux Paul Theroux ☆ 1 FREE READ [Pdf Read] (The Old Patagonian Express By Train Through the Americas) Apart from the occasional uick dash on the Metro I haven't had much of a train life as never really needed them I do however recall the nostalgic memory of my first ever train ride aged about five sitting on board just prior to departure I was excited and couldn't keep still waiting for something extraordinary to happen but the mo

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    [Pdf Read] (The Old Patagonian Express By Train Through the Americas) This book tells the story of Paul Theroux’s journey from his home in Boston Massachusetts to the foot of South America in 1978 He travelled almost exclusively by train – many different trains – and took it him about two months to reach his final destination at Esuel From the snow of North America through the heat of Central and South America and finally the barren desert of Patagonia I found myself held spellbound throughoutTheroux c

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    READ The Old Patagonian Express By Train Through the Americas [Pdf Read] (The Old Patagonian Express By Train Through the Americas) Theroux’s non fiction books can scarcely be classified as travel books They are not tourist guides not for those planning to travel to the countries Theroux visits The places he visits are not the places tourists visit He is there f

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    [Pdf Read] (The Old Patagonian Express By Train Through the Americas) SUMMARY ↠ PADDINGTONFESTIVAL.CO.UK ☆ Paul Theroux I am willing to change my mind Someone said that they liked the descriptions of this travel novel but would hate to have to go anywhere with this author I would prefer to hear about these places through the perspective of someone else Theroux is hard to read not due to the complexity of his prose but because of his voice He is stuck up self aggrandizing and misanthropic What distinguishes Theroux from other misanthropes who may be worth re

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    [Pdf Read] (The Old Patagonian Express By Train Through the Americas) SUMMARY ↠ PADDINGTONFESTIVAL.CO.UK ☆ Paul Theroux I am a fan of Paul Theroux just so you know ;Having said that unfortunately I'm not a big fan of this particular book It was

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    READ The Old Patagonian Express By Train Through the Americas SUMMARY ↠ PADDINGTONFESTIVAL.CO.UK ☆ Paul Theroux Paul Theroux ☆ 1 FREE READ I suppose Paul Theroux’s travel writing isn’t for everyone If you don’t like his traveling persona you aren’t likely to enjoy his books That being said I like his traveling persona so every travel book is a pleasure and there are still books to be read But I decided to read The Old Patagonia Express because a friend reminde

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    [Pdf Read] (The Old Patagonian Express By Train Through the Americas) My third Paul Theroux book Last year I first came across Theroux's non fiction work The Happy Isles of Oceania Paddling the Pacific 1992 which I thoroughly enjoyed Theroux was travelling through almost all of the Pacific nations and went paddling here and there Then I read his fiction work The Mosuito Coast 1981

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    [Pdf Read] (The Old Patagonian Express By Train Through the Americas) Yes he is a curmudgeon but I still love his booksThis one in particular fed into my wish to someday travel I was a poor student who thought travel was only for the rich I didn't realize you could do it cheaply if

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    [Pdf Read] (The Old Patagonian Express By Train Through the Americas) I hate not finishing books but this might be one of those I cannot finish Or perhaps I'll finish it just to cement my bad opinion of itI first read Dark Star Safari by Paul Theroux and must add that this was several years ago I absolutely adored it at the time I thought I would like this one just as much and have been dying to buy i

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    SUMMARY ↠ PADDINGTONFESTIVAL.CO.UK ☆ Paul Theroux [Pdf Read] (The Old Patagonian Express By Train Through the Americas) Paul Theroux ☆ 1 FREE READ BLUUURRRRGGH is the one word I would choose to describe this book I might have somewhat enjoyed it were it not for the narrator who i

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  • Paperback
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  • The Old Patagonian Express By Train Through the Americas
  • Paul Theroux
  • English
  • 08 October 2020
  • 9780140249798