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The Great Railway Bazaar by Paul Theroux
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It's hard to verbalize my thoughts on this book. Parts were fascinating (especially from a historical perspective). Theroux is traveling through areas that have gone through so much change (and change that has frequently been violent) and it is instructive to read about what those countries (Iran, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Sri Lanka) were like 30 years ago. Some chapters were deeply descriptive and compelling, while at other times, Theroux glosses over significant events in a sentence or two. The other difficult bit is the author himself. Due to the structure of the narrative, the reader has to spend many hours in Theroux's (at times) difficult company. He can be funny, insightful, but also biased, bigoted, and superior. Worthwhile read, even if there were moments when I disliked it.
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