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The Imperial Way: By Rail from Peshawar to Chittagong

3.87  ·  Rating Details ·  63 Ratings  ·  5 Reviews
Hardcover, 143 pages
Published December 1st 1987 by Houghton Mifflin (first published September 1st 1985)
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Cherie
May 03, 2008 Cherie rated it really liked it
Shelves: non-fiction, travel
A What a fantastic book! Theroux writes of his train journey from Peshawar, Pakistan, through India, ending at Bangledesh. He has such an aware eye and sees travel, people, and the experiences in such an interesting manner. I love all his travel books. The first 25 or 30 pages are him writing about this trip; the latter portion of the book is comprised of photographs by Steve Curry of people and places scene on a train journey like this. Fascinating. Highly recommended for travelers, fans of Ind ...more
Tariq Mahmood
Sep 23, 2014 Tariq Mahmood rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: history, pakistan, india
Wonderful picture book about trains and train lines in Pakistan, India and Bangladesh. The best feature of the book are the wondrous photographs. Paul's written bit is only 31 pages long and provides bare minimum information about the various journeys undertaken. Still the whole book makes a lovely addition to my library.
Bobby
Nov 27, 2013 Bobby rated it it was amazing
This book is made up of about 30 pages of very engaging writing by Paul Theroux and about 100 or so pages of wonderful photographs by Steve McCurry. It's dated (published in 1985) to some extent--especially the writing; photographs by nature tend to be more timeless I think--but I think much of rural India hasn't changed a whole lot in the last 30 years (unlike the large cities). The book also covers Pakistan and Bangladesh to some degree.
Mike
This is not worth seeking out or anything, but if you ever come across it, take a look ... it's got some great photos and a short but good train story by Paul Theroux about riding the several train lines in India that the pictures are based around.
Marianne
May 06, 2012 Marianne rated it really liked it
A book that was mostly pictures but in the few pages of writing, Theroux paints a real sense of the trains and people he encountered on his journey. Made me want to read more of his stuff. Always a good sign.
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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 know ...more
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