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Author: Paul Theroux
ISBN13: 978-0141015729
Title: Ghost Train to the Eastern Star: On the Tracks of the Great Railway Bazaar
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Publisher: Penguin Books; Trade Paperback Edition edition (June 1, 2010)
Pages: 496

Ghost Train to the Eastern Star: On the Tracks of the Great Railway Bazaar by Paul Theroux



Summary, et. In Ghost Train to the Eastern Star, Theroux recreates an epic journey he took thirty years ago, a giant loop by train (mostly) through Eastern Europe, Turkey, the Caucasus, Central Asia, the Indian Subcontinent, China, Japan, and Siberia. In short, he traverses all of Asia top to bottom, and end to end. In the three decades since he first travelled this route, Asia has undergone phenomenal change. The Soviet Union has collapsed, China has risen, India booms, Burma slowly smothers, and Vietnam prospers despite the havoc unleashed upon it the last time Theroux passed through

Thirty years after the epic journey chronicled in his classic work The Great Railway Bazaar, the world’s most acclaimed travel writer re-creates his 25,000-mile journey through eastern Europe, central Asia, the Indian subcontinent, China, Japan, and Siberia. Half a lifetime ago, Paul Theroux virtually invented the modern travel narrative by recounting his grand tour by train through Asia. In the three decades since, the world he recorded in that book has undergone phenomenal change. The Soviet Union has collapsed and China has risen; India booms while Burma smothers under dictatorship; Vietnam.

Ghost Train to the Eastern Star. For information about permission to reproduce selections from. this book, write to Permissions, Houghton Mifflin Company, 215 Park Avenue South, New York, New York 10003. Ghost train to the Eastern star : on the tracks. of the great railway bazaar, Paul Theroux. p. cm. ISBN 978-0-618-41887-9. My proposed trip to retrace the itinerary of The Great Railway Bazaar was mainly curiosity on my part, and the usual idleness, with a hankering to be away; but this had been the case thirty-three years before, and it had yielded results. All writing is launching yourself into the darkness, and hoping for light and a soft landing.

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The great tragedy of the book is the observation that all things change and not always for the better. Having aged, as has Paul, in the 25 plus years since I read Great Railway Bazaar we are not the same young, daring adventurer that left London and headed out so many years ago. Time and politics has caused him to alter his travel route and by default the people he will meet in his journey. At times the book has a tone of returning for your high school 40 year reunion an being schocked at how old people seem and disappointed that the vivacious cheer leader or robust quarterback have gray hair.

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In 2008-published Ghost Train, Theroux goes back, but not in a tedious way. The trip is not an exact replica of his 1981 itinerary, given he can’t get a visa to Iran, and he assesses that Afghanistan is too dangerous. But from London again he takes in central Europe and Turkey, central Asia, India, Sri Lanka, Myanmar, Laos, Thailand, Singapore, Malaysia, Cambodia, Vietnam, Japan and Russia. Theroux is acutely self-conscious of being that annoying traveller who insists you should have been here yesterday, so his observations remain astute.

Hits: 87. Book: Ghost Train to the Eastern Star. Author: Paul Theroux. ISBN13: 9781436155588. This triumphant similarity is no coincidence: In Ghost Train, Theroux retraces the journey he made in Railway Bazaar, traveling by rail (resorting to a few bus, ferry, and plane rides when unavoidable) from England to Japan and back. For Theroux, train travel is "probably the best way of getting a glimpse of how people actually live-the back yards, the barns, the hovels, the side roads and slums, the telling facts of village life, the misery that airplanes.

Publisher: Penguin Books. by Paul Theroux by Paul Theroux by Paul Theroux. The Great Railway Bazaar. by Paul Theroux by James R. Arnold.

Thirty years ago Paul Theroux left London and travelled across Asia and back again by train. His account of the journey - "The Great Railway Bazaar" - was a landmark book and made his name as the foremost travel writer of his generation. Now Theroux makes the trip all over again. Through Eastern Europe, India and Asia to discover the changes that have swept the continents, and also to learn what an old man will make of a young man's journey. "Ghost Train to the Eastern Star" is a brilliant chronicle of change and an exploration of how travel is 'the saddest of pleasures'.
Reviews: 7
felt boot
I started this book when it first came out, about seven years ago or so and was forced to put it aside because of other issues which had nothing to do with the interest I had for this retrace of an earlier journey which I also read and enjoyed equally.

From reading the many comments regarding Ghost Train it becomes immediately apparent that "you either love him or hate him" but his travel books, this one in particular, are always a fascinating mental journey for the reader. Yes, he is arrogant (some of his Singapore students will attest to that); he is hugely opinionated about the people and countries that he visits; he is, perhaps, superficial in his judgements of those people and countries and he is profoundly individual in his assessment of the places that he visits. Having said all of this his comments are razor sharp concerning the places where our journeys have overlapped. Also his comments distil the substance of a country into manageable quantities for readers to imbibe.

There are far too many instances in his books that are memorable: his description of the economic mess that he found in the "stans" that he visited; the moral complexity of Japanese society vis-a-vis females; the potential human future in India; the excruciating state of Russia after the West won the Cold War; the alternative future presented in contemporary Singapore.

I do not share the criticisms found in these comments; Theroux is harsh when finds obvious situations that he feels cannot be overlooked; I do not think he looks for the "seedy side of town" it is just that it is ever-present; Christians are so blatantly silly in their proselytizing that they simply cannot be overlooked. In short Theroux paints brilliant pictures of the places he visits and we readers are vastly richer for this activity.
Sironynyr
This was my first book by Paul Theroux, so I didn't know what to expect. I was so pleasantly surprised, and I know it certainly won't be my last book by this author.

Theroux travels in a very unique way, by rail, by himself. He does not set his sights on tourist meccas, but instead travels to places I vaguely remember hearing of, places I really never heard of, or places I would never in my wildest dreams pick as vacation destination sights. Yet, sitting back in bed each night, I could not get enough of each of his adventures and descriptions and thoughts.

Theroux attempted to revisit many of the places he had been to on a railway trip over thirty years earlier, to see what had changed and what had remained the same. He would speak to everyday people who traveled with him on the train or with folks he met at train stations or cities he was visiting. Often, he would strike up a conversation with a man who appeared to be of a similar age to himself. In this way, he was able to give the reader a feeling of what everyday life was like in the city and perhaps what changes had occurred over time. Theroux has mastered the art of asking questions of everyday folks and making them want to share their lives and experiences.

I know I am not doing justice here, as I am at a loss to how to describe this book and why I loved it so much. Theroux tells it as it is, as he sees it. What he says makes sense to me. He doesn't candy coat anything. And yet, he doesn't come off as a curmudgeon in my view. I can't wait to read another Theroux book. If you haven't experienced Theroux, you need to now!
Nahn
I loved that Paul Theroux, a man whose name is recognized by everyone in the fiction and non fiction fields, decided to basically recreate a journey he took when he was in his twenties and had no money. For criticism I have to say it is a huge amount of territory to cover, going from London to Japan by train, basically. A person can only observe so much of each country, and so there are bound to be natives of that country who disagree with the snapshot taken on that day(s). The book was written in 2006 when Bush was President and the war with Iraq was going on.
It was brave of Paul Theroux, who was a literary "darling" for a while there-- Mosquito Coast definitely made his name-- to even travel to these areas where there is unrest, terrorism, instability and face it-- real danger. In a way all of us sitting back in the comfort of mostly safe America are living vicariously through these observations.
Theroux has always had an edge to his writing, some elements of danger and sexuality, that keep his novels and articles interesting. He's simply a divinely gifted storyteller. He does not fail here, although the task of this extremely hard journey sometimes gets a tad tedious. For an older guy who is already world famous to mostly bunk in shared compartments on trains with --whoever!-- share bathrooms, eat native cuisine, and fake it till you make it with language barriers-- well it's amazing that he even took on this task. He is mostly good natured, but he hates missionaries, he hates but expects hustlers ( taxicab rip-offs, for instance) and he likes to take the native stance of disliking his own country, (the ugly American )sometimes. When you read about the bombings of Japan and Vietnam, you feel their side of the story. Even though Japan "started" it-- my words, not Paul's-- you feel a terrible disgrace at war itself and how history, architecture, spiritual temples, and humankind, can be just forever lost because of this brutality ( no matter whose "side" you were on.)
Of course my favorite parts were vignettes about specific people. I like knowing what Zoroastrians were like, or rickshaw operators, or Siberian prisons, or the new Vietnam. I love the monk who shared his compartment. I love his descriptions of Istanbul and Singapore, and the serenity ( mostly) of Japan. I love the comic book culture part of Japan. Despots and dictators are exposed for what they did to their countries. The book makes you thank your stars that you live in a democracy ( at least I do) even though many think our system is flawed. In other words, yes, read the book to know how damn lucky you really are !!
As a woman I could not identify with as many sexual come-ons he received. But I imagine a Westerner man would receive this many in countries like Thailand which are known for a sexual Disneyland atmosphere. The children in the sex trade-- where Theroux walks down a dark road to a secret hiding place, is a heartbreaking story. The author, who is married and wants to remain faithful to his wife, tells these stories for the sake of knowledge, and does not ever accept solicitations from the various available women around the world.
I enjoyed reading the book on Kindle because some of the Eastern references could be easily looked up with the instant Kindle dictionary. Sadly, this applied to other words which I had forgotten the meanings of, but Mr. Theroux has an excellent and not pretentious vocabulary.
In short I loved the book because it is specific in details about countries, has excellent stories and conveys a basic sense of the countries he visited.
In reading the other reviews I saw that some people think he is a hypocrite for "riding the rails" and then calling a famous friend to chat with or arrange to give a talk. I am glad he took advantage of his contacts and I think it makes the book more interesting that he sometimes has translators available or someone to show him around, rather than just arrive and be at the mercy of a tour guide book. He has earned the right to show off a bit, but I think he keeps to the spirit of the original back packer he was back in the seventies.
I am a fan. I rate it five stars.