Riding the Iron Rooster: By Train Through China

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Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Dec 8, 2006 - Travel - 480 pages
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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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User Review  - gypsysmom - LibraryThing

This book about Paul Theroux's travels by train through China was written 20 years ago. Although this trip was before the Tiananmen Square massacre, Theroux did see and hear about some student and ... Read full review

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User Review  - CasaBooks - LibraryThing

This part of the world has and is changing so drastically, that this narrative was much changed by the time I read it in 2009. Since I traveled briefly in rural China in mid 1989 (just prior to ... 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 is the author of many highly acclaimed books. His novels include The Lower River and The Mosquito Coast, and his renowned travel books include Ghost Train to the Eastern Star and Dark Star Safari. He lives in Hawaii and Cape Cod.

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