The Old Patagonian Express (Paperback)

By Train Through the Americas

By Paul Theroux

Mariner Books, 9780395521052, 432pp.

Publication Date: November 7, 1989

Other Editions of This Title:
Hardcover, Chinese (8/1/2019)
Mass Market Paperback (5/1/1993)
Mass Market Paperback (12/1/1980)

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Starting with a rush-hour subway ride to South Station in Boston to catch the Lake Shore Limited to Chicago, Theroux winds up on the poky, wandering Old Patagonian Express steam engine, which comes to a halt in a desolate land of cracked hills and thorn bushes. But with Theroux the view along the way is what matters: the monologuing Mr. Thornberry in Costa Rica, the bogus priest of Cali, and the blind Jorge Luis Borges, who delights in having Theroux read Robert Louis Stevenson to him.

About the Author

PAUL THEROUX is the author of many highly acclaimed books. His novels include The Lower River and The Mosquito Coast, and his renowned travel books include Ghost Train to the Eastern Star and Dark Star Safari. He lives in Hawaii and Cape Cod.