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Riding the Iron Rooster by Paul Theroux
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Jan 09, 2011

really liked it
bookshelves: travel
Read in January, 2011

I love Paul Theroux's writing. Here is a sample. "It seems very odd that the Chinese are hired as architects and builders, since thier own buildings are so undistinguished, not to say monstrosities. It was rather as though Poland were exporting chefs, and Australia sending elocution teachers to England, and Americans running classes in humility or the Japanese in relaxation techniques."
In this book, he describes travel in China. He leaves with a group of people from London, and then spends most of 1986 going around China. He takes over 16 different train trips. His strength is not only in describing the views, but in the people he meets.
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