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Review: Riding the Iron Rooster

User Review  - Steve Groves - Goodreads

Not Theroux's finest piece of travel writing..I felt claustrophobic most of the time while reading it due to the constant references to crowds, grime and spit. The final chapter on the journey by car ... Read full review

Review: Riding the Iron Rooster

User Review  - mark monday - Goodreads

3 Things about Riding the Iron Rooster: (1) land sakes, Paul Theroux does not like human beings! he seem like a very disdainful and contemptuous person in general. that disdain and contempt certainly ... Read full review

Review: Riding the Iron Rooster

User Review  - Mike Barker - Goodreads

My first book by Theroux. Enjoyed it a lot, compared to some of the drivel I fall asleep with. I felt like the book didn't really hit its stride, however, until the last chapter, when the author spent ... Read full review

Review: Riding the Iron Rooster

User Review  - Richard Etzel - Goodreads

1982, half dozen years after the death of Mao, I hooked up with a farmers group Kansas on a cultural exchange to China. What an experience that I shall never forget. Theroux's Riding the Iron Rooster ... Read full review

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User Review  - Elaine - Goodreads

This is an account of over a year Theroux spent exploring China in the 1980s.He writes a very detailed account of every landscape,meal and conversation he had during that time [not quite but it ... Read full review

Review: Riding the Iron Rooster

User Review  - Caroline - Goodreads

For most of us the glass is either half empty or half full. But some take it further. Over there in the corner sits Paul Theroux, sniffing grumpily at the chlorine in his paltry dose of water, and ... Read full review

Review: Riding the Iron Rooster

User Review  - Barry Bailey - Goodreads

A wonderful book - I think you should read it. But I'll let the book recommend itself. Page 402: "We are all Chinese brothers," Mr Wei said. "Then why the trenches and foxholes?" "Because sometimes ... Read full review

Review: Riding the Iron Rooster

User Review  - Troy Parfitt - Goodreads

It's a bit long, dry, and workmanlike in places, and not even one of Theroux's best travel narratives, yet it remains the best China travel narrative in existence. Even when the Medford, Mass. writer ... Read full review

Review: Riding the Iron Rooster

User Review  - Steven Grimm - Goodreads

I didn't expect a travelogue like this to have a villain, but it does: the Cultural Revolution. The book was written in the mid-1980s and that period is perhaps the single most frequent topic of ... Read full review

Review: Riding the Iron Rooster

User Review  - Ensiform - Goodreads

The Iron Rooster is the name of just one train line; Theroux took them all, from London through Eastern Europe, Mongolia, China, and Tibet. A vast book (440+ pages), and deeply insightful into the ... Read full review


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