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Ghost Train to the Eastern Star by Paul Theroux
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Sep 16, 2010

it was amazing
bookshelves: travel-lit
Read in September, 2010

I have a love/hate relationship with Theroux's travel books. I find him frustrating, irritating, and at times he skips the very things I want him to write about, but at the same time, I fall in love with his description of the people he talks to and the places he loves. I wish I'd been there the day he talked with Arthur C. Clark. As he revisits the trip he took in the 70's, he reconnects with himself, the cultures, the environment, the people, and the changes that have taken place within all of the above. His love for a place is contagious. I was glad he took a few months of his life as an older man to travel back to the places that made his first book famous. I would love to take part of this journey by myself someday... and isn't that the ultimate purpose of a good travel book?

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