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User Review  - gypsysmom - LibraryThing

This book about Paul Theroux's travels by train through China was written 20 years ago. Although this trip was before the Tiananmen Square massacre, Theroux did see and hear about some student and ... Read full review

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User Review  - CasaBooks - LibraryThing

This part of the world has and is changing so drastically, that this narrative was much changed by the time I read it in 2009. Since I traveled briefly in rural China in mid 1989 (just prior to ... Read full review

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User Review  - Sandydog1 - LibraryThing

This best-selling. snarky-tourist-spends-an-eternity-traveling-China in the mid-1980s, has held up well. Although long and sometimes redundant (HOW many trains are taken?), it is a wonderful account ... Read full review

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User Review  - csmirl - LibraryThing

Theroux provides a multifaceted picture of China in the 1980s, still recovering from the chaos of the 1970s but also still a China defined by its history, diverse, impressive, confusing, and stunning ... Read full review

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User Review  - jcbrunner - LibraryThing

Paul Theroux' account of his train journeys across and around China during the the late 1980s is both entertaining and enlightening. His fascination with and desire for travel by train lies in the ... Read full review

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User Review  - robeik - LibraryThing

Theroux rides the train through China in a period of time before the Tianamen Square demonstrations. He can be rather funny, although not as much as Bill Bryson. He can be rather rude of fellow ... Read full review

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User Review  - ubaidd - LibraryThing

Reading Mr. Theroux' travelogue of Chnia made me realize I should know more of Chinese history than I do (which is practically nothing). School history textbooks in India focus mostly on local, state ... Read full review

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User Review  - Mendoza - LibraryThing

Theroux spent a year exploring China by train, and his impressions about what has and has not changed in the country, as gathered in hundreds of conversations with Chinese citizens, make up a large ... Read full review

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User Review  - dbsovereign - LibraryThing

Theroux's eyes do indeed penetrate into nooks and crannies that provide a fascinating insight into China. Fun for railroad trekkies. Read full review

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User Review  - sarahemmm - LibraryThing

Some interesting perspectives on the Chinese character, from an American pov Read full review


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