The Direct-Orient Express, the Khyber Pass Local, the Delhi Mail from Jaipur, the Golden Arrow to Kuala Lumpur and the Trans-Siberian Express are just a few of the evocative names that fill this, the story of Paul Theroux's epic journey by rail through India and Asia. It is a journey on which he encounters a huge variety of places and people, foods, faiths and cultures, and which has at its heart an enduring fascination with trains and railways.
Table of Contents
The 15.30 - London to Paris; the Direct-Orient Express; the Van Golu ("Lake Van") Express; the Teheran express; the Knight Mail to Meshed; the Khyber Pass Local; the Khyber Mail to Lahore Junction; the Frontier Mail; the Kalka Mail fro Simla; the Rajdhani ("Capital") Express to Bombay; the Delhi Mail from Jaipur; the Grand Trunk Express; the Local to Rameswaram; the Talimannar Mail; the 16.25 from Galle; the Howrah Mail; Mandalay Express; the Local to Maymyo; the Lashio Mail; the Night Express from Nong Khai; the International Express to Butterworth; the Golden Arrow to Kuala Lumpur; the North Star Night Express to Singapore; the Saigon-Bien Hoa Passenger Train; the Hue-Danag Passenger Train; the Hatsukari ("Early Bird") Limited Express to Sapporo; the Hikari ("Sunbeam") Super Express to Kyoto; the Kodama ("Echo") to Osaka; the Trans-Siberian Express.
Paul Theroux was born in Medford Massachusetts, in 1941, and published his first novel, WALDO, in 1967. His subsequent novels include Picture Palace, winner of the Whitbread Prize for Fiction, The Mosquito Coast, and the hugely acclaimed, Kowloon Tong. His travel books include The Great Railway Bazaar and The Pillars of Hercules.