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Last Train to Zona Verde

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ISBN-10: 054422793X

ISBN-13: 9780544227934

Edition: 2013

Authors: Paul Theroux

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A decade ago, Paul Theroux’s bestselling Dark Star Safari chronicled his epic overland voyage from Cairo to Cape Town, providing an insider’s look at modern Africa combined with an insightful meditation that uncovered the "secret sweetness, the hidden vitality, and the long-patient hope that lies just below the surface" of the place (Rocky Mountain News). In the spirit of his earlier return to China, he now returns to discover how Africa – and he – have changed in the ensuring years. Though he begins this trip where he finished his last, in The Last Train to Zona Verde, this time Theroux is journeying through West Africa for the first time. From South Africa to Namibia to Botswana, covering nearly 2,500 miles before he is forced to give up what is to be his final foreign trip in a witty and unsparing chapter titled "What Am I Doing Here?" Vivid, witty, and beautifully evocative, The Last Train to Zona Verde is a fitting final African adventure from the writer whose gimlet eye and effortless prose have brought the world to generations of readers.
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Book details

List price: $15.95
Copyright year: 2013
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company
Publication date: 5/13/2014
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 368
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.25" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 0.638
Language: English

Paul Edward Theroux was born on April 10, 1941 in Medford, Massachusetts and is an acclaimed travel writer. After attending the University of Massachusetts Amherst he joined the Peace Corps and taught in Malawi from 1963 to 1965. He also taught in Uganda at Makerere University and in Singapore at the University of Singapore. Although Theroux has also written travel books in general and about various modes of transport, his name is synonymous with the literature of train travel. Theroux's 1975 best-seller, The Great Railway Bazaar, takes the reader through Asia, while his second book about train travel, The Old Patagonian Express (1979), describes his trip from Boston to the tip of South America. His third contribution to the railway travel genre, Riding the Iron Rooster: By Train Through China, won the Thomas Cook Prize for best literary travel book in 1989. His literary output also includes novels, books for children, short stories, articles, and poetry. His novels include Picture Palace (1978), which won the Whitbread Award and The Mosquito Coast (1981), which won the James Tait Black Memorial Prize. Theroux is a fellow of both the British Royal Society of Literature and the Royal Geographic Society. His title Lower River made The New York Times Best Seller List for 2012.