The Old Patagonian Express: By Train Through the Americas

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Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 1979 - Transportation - 404 pages
Each time Paul Theroux takes a trip - "The Great Railway Bazaar, Riding the Iron Rooster" - the result is unmistakably Paul Theroux. And he has never been sharper than in "The Old Patagonian Express." Starting with a rush-hour subway ride to South Station in Boston to catch the Lake Shore Limited to Chicago, he winds up on the polky, wandering Old Patagonian Express steam engine ("a kind of demented samovar on wheels"), which comes to a halt in a desolate land of cracked hills and thorn bushes.
 

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Contents

The Lake Shore Limited I
1
The Lone Star
27
The Aztec Eagle
39
El Jarocho to Veracruz
63
The Passenger Train to Tapachula
79
30 to Guatemala City
96
00 to Zacapa
115
The Railcar to San Salvador
129
The Expreso del Sol to Bogota
231
The Expreso Calima
252
The Autoferro to Guayaquil
272
El Tren de la Sierra
289
The Passenger Train to Machu Picchu
300
El Panamericano
319
La Estrella del Norte The North Star to Buenos Aires
345
The Buenos Aires Subterranean
362

The Local to Cutuco
144
The 1200 to Limon
159
The 1000 to Puntarenas
190
The Balboa Bullet to Colon
201
The Lagos del Sur Lakes of the South Express
378
The Old Patagonian Express
389
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About the author (1979)

Paul Theroux's highly acclaimed novels include Blinding Light, Hotel Honolulu, My Other Life, Kowloon Tong, and The Mosquito Coast. His renowned travel books include Ghost Train to the Eastern Star, Dark Star Safari, Riding the Iron Rooster, The Great Railway Bazaar, The Old Patagonian Express, and The Happy Isles of Oceania. He lives in Hawaii and on Cape Cod.

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