Riding the Iron Rooster: By Train Through China

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Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Dec 8, 2006 - Travel - 480 pages
25 Reviews
Paul Theroux, the author of the train travel classics The Great Railway Bazaar and The Old Patagonian Express, takes to the rails once again in this account of his epic journey through China. He hops aboard as part of a tour group in London and sets out for China's border. He then spends a year traversing the country, where he pieces together a fascinating snapshot of a unique moment in history. From the barren deserts of Xinjiang to the ice forests of Manchuria, from the dense metropolises of Shanghai, Beijing, and Canton to the dry hills of Tibet, Theroux offers an unforgettable portrait of a magnificent land and an extraordinary people.

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I love Paul Theroux's writing. - Goodreads
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Theroux is a great American travel writer. - Goodreads
Theroux's writing is fascinating because he's so nosy. - Goodreads
... his writing may be bleak, but it is also very real. - Goodreads

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User Review  - Steve Groves - Goodreads

Not Theroux's finest piece of travel writing..I felt claustrophobic most of the time while reading it due to the constant references to crowds, grime and spit. The final chapter on the journey by car ... Read full review

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User Review  - Megan - Goodreads

I was so excited to pick up this book because it is about a man's journey across Europe into China via rail. The author's travels took place in the 1980's and I was interested in learning more about ... Read full review


1 The Train to Mongolia
Train Number 24
3 Night Train Number 90 to Peking
4 The Shanghai Express
5 The Fast Train to Canton
6 Train Number 324 to Hohhot and Lanzhou
7 The Iron Rooster
8 Train Number 104 to Xian
Train Number 17
Number 295
Number 92
17 On the Lake of Heaven to Yantai
Number 508
Train Number 234
Number 375
Train Number 275

9 The Express to Chengdu
Train Number 209 to Kunming
Number 80
12 The Slow Train to Changsha and Shaoshan Where the Sun Rises
Train Number 16
22 The Train to Tibet
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About the author (2006)

PAUL THEROUX's highly acclaimed novels include Blinding Light, Hotel Honolulu, My Other Life, Kowloon Tong, and The Mosquito Coast. His travel books include Ghost Train to the Eastern Star, Dark Star Safari, Riding the Iron Rooster, The Great Railway Bazaar, The Old Patagonian Express, and The Happy Isles of Oceania. He lives in Hawaii and on Cape Cod.

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