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Cocaine Train: Tracing My Bloodline Through Colombia

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Nine times more dangerous than the United States, Columbia is no place for the nervous traveller. So it is against his better judgement that, in the summer of 1998, journalist Stephen Smith finds himself boarding the Cocaine Train out of Cali, home of Columbia's infamous drugs cartel. The Cocaine Train is one of the last remnants of a once great railway system, and Smith i ...more
Paperback, 256 pages
Published August 1st 2000 by Little, Brown Book Group (first published 1999)
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Jan 13, 2009 Dagezi rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: People who like trains and/or The Fruit Palace
An incredibly stupid title, but really kind of excellent. Of course given that it's partially about the abandoned railways of Colombia (that the author's (British) grandfather basically built) it's right up my alley. Smith is uncommonly observant, has a good ear for metaphor and writes both drolly and with music.

You have to admit this is a pretty cool sentence:

"After a time, during which an embarrassed Federico tried unsuccessfully to start the Land Rover again, we abandoned it and set off on fo
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Apr 13, 2014 Fabian Forero marked it as to-read
hola primo como estas quicieramos volver a saber de ti y conocer tus hermanos e bregado a buscarte por facebook pero nada asta que encontre aqui tus libros espero te llegue este mensaje mi numero telefonico es 2523642 gracias stephen
Oct 26, 2009 Jono rated it really liked it
Great read especially if you like trains, colombia and all that goes with it. The author really hits some relevant points and not in a dramatic way. Also for a country that no longer has a railway it curious to travel around and see the old tracks where it used to be. This book is written on that colombian cusp. Somewhere between nostalgia, colonialism, and the growth of narco economics and politics.
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