The Old Patagonian Express
Setting off in his hometown, and ending up ‘almost at the end of the world’, Paul Theroux’s The Old Patagonian Express is a travel writing tour de force from one of the masters of the genre contains a new preface by the author in Penguin Modern Classics.
‘The journey, not the arrival, matters’
The Old Patagonian Expresstells of Paul Theroux’s train journey down the length of North and South America. Beginning on Boston’s subway, he depicts a voyage from ice-bound Massachusetts to the arid plateau of Argentina’s most southerly tip, via pretty Central American towns and the ancient Incan city of Macchu Pichu. Shivering and sweating by turns as the temperature and altitude rise and plummet, he describes the people he encounteres. Witty, sharply observed and beautifully written, this is a richly evocative account of travelling to ‘the end of the line’.
About the Author
Paul Edward Theroux (b. 1941) is an American travel writer and novelist, born in Medford, Massachusetts. Among his best known works of travel-writing are The Great Railway Bazaar and, The Old Patagonian Express.
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