By Train Through the Americas. By Paul Theroux. ne of the casualties of travel by jet, together with civilized cuisine and the notion that people are not sardines, is the old-style travel book, the sort that used to be written by Norman Douglas and D.H. Lawrence and John Dos Passos and Graham Greene and Evelyn Waugh.
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The "Old Patagonian Express" was the last train Paul Theroux took in his journey from Boston to Patagonia. Some trains were superb, most were deplorable. It was a journey of contrasts in people, in temperature, in scenery, in altitude, and in attitude. The people were extraordinary, eccentric, replusive and individualistic. There was the appalling Mr Thornberry, the bogus priest in Cali and the blind writer, Borges, in Buenos Aires. Paul Theroux has also written "The Great Railway Bazaar".
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