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RIDING THE IRON ROOSTER
By Train Through China
HB w/ DJ
RIDING THE IRON ROOSTER By Train Through China HB w/ DJ
RIDING THE IRON ROOSTER
BY TRAIN THROUGH CHINA
  • Hardback book with Dust Jacket by Paul Theroux
  • Endpaper maps copyright © 1988 by Lisa Amoroso
  • Copyright © 1988 by Cape Cod Scriveners Company

" Contemporary letters' most spirited, insight traveler invites the adventurous reader along on the journey of a lifetime. "

" If you want to understand China, take the train - as the Chinese do, as the author of The Great Railway Bazaar did - in every province of the People's Republic, from the searing gobi of western Xinjiang to the frozen wastes of Manchuria.
The result is the most beguiling and revealing book on China travels since the adventures of Marco Polo. "

" Vowing to arrive in China without jet lag, Paul Theroux joined a tour that made its way by rail from London to Mongolia, stopping at Paris and Warsaw and in the Soviet Union.
Reaching China by this unconventional overland route proved nothing short of hilarious and never less than eye-opening about who goes to China and why. "

" Then, through Inner Mongolia to Peking and Shanghai, Mr. Theroux and his fellow travelers rode trains and discovered that in some ways China is changing, and in others is still as ancient as its ruins and just as bound by tradition: a perfect example, the Iron Rooster - an aged, rattling train that continues to shudder along a four-day route between Peking and distant Urumchi at the edge of Russia.
While the country produces computers and atom bombs, steam engines still go everywhere, and the trains are crammed with Chinese tourists, who, now that travel restrictions have been lifted and the economy is improved, are on the move - hustling, smuggling, purveying, studying, sightseeing, eager to learn the West, anxious to try new things. "

" Paul Theroux brings it all to us, and more.
In Riding the Iron Rooster, his practiced eye, adventurous spirit, and rich prose produce a vital memoir, full of people and talk - warm, outspoken conversations about the private life of China today, the Cultural Revolution, and Mao;
about writing novels, growing fruit, and the thousand details of everyday life;
about discontent, patriotism, and the possibility of a better life in America. "

" Readers familiar with Paul Theroux's previous travel writings will know what a treat they're in for.
Those who are first-timers can look forward to delectable hours of armchair adventure in the grand tradition. "

This book is in good condition with moderate wear and tear to the dust jacket.
The side edges of the pages appear slightly dirty.
No torn or ripped pages.
A few pages have the corners folded.
There are several pages with markings and notations written in the margins.

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