The Great Railway Bazaar

[Book Review] Early Japanese bullet trains, travel across the Soviet Union on the Trans-Siberian, the old Orient Express, Theroux’s book (originally written in the mid-70s, but reissued in the version here) is a classic of travel and railway literature.

Especially suitable for reading on a cold day somewhere in eastern Russia on the Trans-Siberian, but enjoyable on any train. Beware, it can make for an expensive read as it lures you in to making your own trip.

Theroux retraced the journey 30 years later and wrote about it in Ghost Train to the Eastern Star: On the Tracks of the Great Railway Bazaar, also worth a read.


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