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Riding the Iron Rooster: 09/15/07
I like trains and recently I've had some good luck with reading travel memoirs as part of the Armchair Traveler Challenge but this book was a huge disappointment.
Riding the Iron Rooster chronicles Paul Theroux's train travels from England to and then through China in the late 1980s. Here he is traveling a fascinating route through numerous countries and a constantly changing landscape and all he does is complain. The entire book is one long-winded winge about his passengers, the trains, his schedule, the countries and so forth.
The only interesting item in the entire book is his account of the Chernobyl melt-down as he heard about it while in Mongolia compared to what he heard about upon returning home.
Thanks! You saved me a read - doesn't sound like something that would interest me. I hear enough complaining in my real life. Don't need to read about it."
Bummer ... I've got this one on my TBR shelf and it looks like it would be such a great book, with that wonderful subject matter. I have another of his as well - The Kingdom by the Sea. Have you read it? "