Riding the Iron Rooster

By Train Through China

Author: Paul Theroux

Publisher: Penguin UK

ISBN: 0241958830

Category: Travel

Page: 512

View: 3770

Paul Theroux left Victoria Station on a rainy Saturday in April thinking that taking eight trains across Europe, Eastern Europe, the USSR and Mongolia would be the easy way to get to the Chinese border – the relaxing way, even. He would read a little, take notes, eat regular meals and gaze contentedly out of windows. The reality, of course, was very different. In fact, Theroux experienced a decidedly odd and unexpected trip to China that set the challenging tone for his epic year-long rail journey around that vast, inscrutable land – a journey which involved riding nearly every train in the country. ‘Wry, humorful and occasionally querulous ... as Theroux makes excruciatingly clear, travelling alone in the Middle Kingdom is not for the faint of heart or stomach’ Time.

Das Tao des Reisens

Author: Paul Theroux

Publisher: Hoffmann und Campe

ISBN: 3455180094

Category: Travel

Page: 200

View: 2082

Mit Nabokov in der Eisenbahn, mit Graham Greene auf der Flucht vor giftigen Spinnen und mit Chatwin auf Wanderschaft - Das »Tao des Reisens« ist die Quintessenz aus den Erlebnissen und Einsichten reisender Schriftsteller. Theroux untersucht den Inhalt von Reisegepäck, durchleuchtet das Gefühl des Fremdseins und probiert unangenehm exotische Gerichte. Dabei kommen in diesem philosophischen Handbuch auch imaginäre Reisen nicht zu kurz - denn letztlich lässt sich lesend genauso gut die Welt erkunden. Paul Therouxs Grundsätze des Reisens: 1. Verlass dein Zuhause 2. Reise alleine 3. Reise mit leichtem Gepäck 4. Nimm eine Landkarte mit 5. Reise auf dem Landweg 6. Geh zu Fuß über eine Grenze 7. Führe ein Reisetagebuch 8. Lies einen Roman, der nichts mit dem Ort zu tun hat, an dem du dich befindest 9. Wenn du schon ein Handy dabei hast, vermeide wenigstens, es zu benutzen 10. Finde einen Freund

EN EL GALLO DE HIERRO

VIAJES EN TREN POR CHINA

Author: Paul Theroux

Publisher: ZETA BOLSILLO

ISBN: 9788498722611

Category: History

Page: 608

View: 4899

En 1986 Paul Theroux decidió viajar a China aprovechando un año sabático. Su instinto le decía que un país tan enorme sólo puede conocerse «sin despegar los pies del suelo». Y se propuso atravesarlo viajando sólo en tren. De Mongolia a Pekín, de Pekín a Shanghai, de Shanghai a Cantón, y de allí hacia el norte y por todo el interior del país, Theroux recorrió miles de kilómetros. El resultado es un itinerario palpitante de detalles y anécdotas, en la mejor tradición del reportaje literario, que muestra sin tópicos ni folclorismos la realidad profunda de China.

Alle meine Freunde sind Superhelden

Roman

Author: Andrew Kaufman

Publisher: Sammlung Luchterhand

ISBN: 3641019257

Category: Fiction

Page: 128

View: 7645

Die superlustigste und allertraurigste Liebesgeschichte der Welt Alle Leute, die Tom mag, sind Superhelden. Da ist zum Beispiel „Die Kopistin“, die jeden Gesichtsausdruck problemlos imitieren kann, oder „Die Froschküsserin“, die aus jedem Deppen einen strahlenden Sieger macht – und noch 40 weitere. Tom ist sogar mit einer Superheldin verheiratet. Leider haben die Feinde von Tom, der ein ganz normaler, liebenswerter Typ ist, auch Superheldenkräfte. Und so hat der Hypnotiseur Toms Frau am Hochzeitstag hypnotisiert. Seit sechs Monaten ist sie nun nicht mehr in der Lage, Tom zu sehen, er ist einfach unsichtbar für sie ...

Hotel Honolulu

Author: Paul Theroux

Publisher: Hoffmann und Campe

ISBN: 3455813968

Category: Fiction

Page: 528

View: 4786

Das Hotel Honolulu auf Hawaii, nicht weit vom Strand, hat seine besten Tage lange hinter sich. Achtzig Zimmer - achtzig Gäste - achtzig Geschichten: ein eigenes Universum. Hier wird ein Schriftsteller unverhofft Manager und findet in den Geschichten der liebenswert-exzentrischen Hotelgäste genug Stoff für ein ganzes Leben. Im Hotel Honolulu steigen Hochzeitsreisende, Strandurlauber, ruhelose Seelen und notorische Lügner ab. Hier treffen sich Hawaiianer und Urlaubsgäste, und sie alle sind auf der Suche nach etwas: Sonne, Liebe, Glück - und manche Sehnsüchte bleiben namenlos. Buddy Hamstra, der verschwenderische Lebemann und Hotelbesitzer, bietet einem Schriftsteller den Posten als Hotelmanager an. Der zögert nicht lange - nach einem ruhelosen Leben und geplagt von einer Schreibblockade ist es Zeit für einen Neubeginn. Im Hotel Honolulu trifft er nicht nur auf Sweetie, die die Mutter seiner Tochter werden wird, sondern auch auf skurrile Hotelgäste: Da ist Eddie, der seiner Frau zum Geburtstag stets einen Liebhaber organisiert; oder Benno, der Befriedigung in den traurigen Schicksalen ehemaliger Vorzeigeschüler findet; oder der Dauergast, dessen geräuschvolles Liebesleben alle in die Irre führt. Sie bilden ein Panoptikum aus unerfüllter Liebe, geplatzten Träumen, spannenden Geschichten und kuriosen Begegnungen.

In Search of Beadle Lu

Stories from an American in China

Author: Peter L. Loh,Peter Loh

Publisher: iUniverse

ISBN: 0595097375

Category: Travel

Page: 196

View: 7750

Follow an American college student and his classmates through what has shaped up to be some of the most formative experiences in their lives to date—living and travelling in mainland China. With high hopes of adventure in an exotic, foreign land, the author and his companions instead confront and endure the physical, emotional, and mental challenges of living in modern China. On a deeper level, though, they witness and reflect upon history in the making—an ancient civilization struggling to remake itself economically, politically, and socially. The book’s backdrop is a harrowing adventure in search of distant relatives in the Chinese countryside the author, until that summer, did not know existed. This truly American tale of one young man’s search for his roots is a story for all to enjoy and gain from.

A Sense of Place

Great Travel Writers Talk About Their Craft, Lives, and Inspiration

Author: Michael Shapiro

Publisher: Travelers' Tales

ISBN: 1932361812

Category: Travel

Page: 312

View: 4056

In A Sense of Place, journalist/travel writer Michael Shapiro goes on a pilgrimage to visit the world's great travel writers on their home turf to get their views on their careers, the writer's craft, and most importantly, why they chose to live where they do and what that place means to them. The book chronicles a young writer’s conversations with his heroes, writers he's read for years who inspired him both to pack his bags to travel and to pick up a pen and write. Michael skillfully coaxes a collective portrait through his interviews, allowing the authors to speak intimately about the writer's life, and how place influences their work and perceptions. In each chapter Michael sets the scene by describing the writer's surroundings, placing the reader squarely in the locale, whether it be Simon Winchester's Massachusetts, Redmond O'Hanlon's London, or Frances Mayes's Tuscany. He then lets the writer speak about life and the world, and through quiet probing draws out fascinating commentary from these remarkable people. For Michael it’s a dream come true, to meet his mentors; for readers, it's an engaging window onto the twin landscapes of great travel writers and the world in which they live.

The World the Railways Made

Wolmar's Railway Library

Author: Nicholas Faith

Publisher: Head of Zeus

ISBN: 1781858357

Category: Transportation

Page: 368

View: 2302

Across American praries, through Siberian tundra, over Argentinian pampas and deep into the heart of Africa, the modern world began with the arrival of the railway. The shock was sudden and universal: railways carried empire, capitalism and industrialization to every corner of the planet. For some, the 'Iron Road' symbolized the brute horrors of modernity; for others the way toward a brighter future. From 1825, when the first passenger service linked Stockton and Darlington to the outbreak of World War I, Nicholas Faith presents an engaging and entertaining journey through the first century of rail, introducing visionaries, engineers, surveyors, speculators, financiers and navvies – the heroes and the rogues of the mechanical revolution that turned the world upside down. The railway was the most important invention of the 19th Century, and THE WORLD THE RAILWAYS MADE argues that in the 21st Century, with high speed lines that can compete with air travel and over 190 metro systems in 54 countries underpinning the world's greatest cities, it remains just as relevant.

Book Lust to Go

Recommended Reading for Travelers, Vagabonds, and Dreamers

Author: Nancy Pearl

Publisher: Sasquatch Books

ISBN: 1570617015

Category: Travel

Page: 320

View: 8372

Adventure is just a book away as best-selling author Nancy Pearl returns with recommended reading for more than 120 destinations around the globe. Book Lust To Go connects the best fiction and nonfiction to particular destinations, whether your bags are packed or your armchair is calling. With stops from Texas to Timbuktu, Nancy Pearl's reading recommendations will send you on your way.

The Old Patagonian Express

By Train Through the Americas

Author: Paul Theroux

Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

ISBN: 0547524005

Category: Transportation

Page: 432

View: 4058

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.

The Qinghai-Tibet Railway

Author: Sherri Devaney

Publisher: Norwood House Press

ISBN: 1599535998

Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Page: 48

View: 9122

"Describes the struggles and accomplishments that came with making the Qinghai-Tibet Railway the highest train line in the world. Includes glossary, websites, and bibliography for further reading"--

The Elements of Expression

Putting Thoughts into Words

Author: Arthur Plotnik

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 1936740249

Category: Reference

Page: 240

View: 6164

More than ever in this completely updated edition, The Elements of Expression helps word users "light up the cosmos or the written page or the face across the table" as they seek the radiance of expressiveness—the vivid expression of thoughts, feelings, and observations. Nothing kills radiance like the murky, generic language dominating today's talk, airwaves, and posts. It tugs at our every sentence, but using it to express anything beyond the ordinary is like flapping the tongue to escape gravity. The Elements of Expression offers an adventurous and inspiring flight into words that truly share what's percolating in our minds. Here writers, presenters, students, bloggers—even well intentioned "Mad Men"—will discover language to convey precise feelings, move audiences, delight and persuade. No snob or scold, the acclaimed word-maven Arthur Plotnik explores the full range of expressiveness, from playful "tough talk" to finely wrought literature, with hundreds of rousing examples. Confessing that we are all "like a squid in its ink" when first groping for luminous expression, he shines his amiable wit on the elements leading, ultimately, to language of "fissionable intensity."

The Thinker's Thesaurus: Sophisticated Alternatives to Common Words (Expanded Third Edition)

Author: Peter E. Meltzer

Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company

ISBN: 0393338975

Category: Reference

Page: 720

View: 4756

With over twenty percent more material, a must for any lover of distinctive words. This entertaining and informative reference features sophisticated and surprising alternatives to common words together with no-fail guides to usage. Avoiding traditional thesauruses’ mundane synonym choices, Peter E. Meltzer puts each word—whether it’s protrepic, apostrophize, iracund, or emulous—in context by using examples from a broad range of contemporary books, periodicals, and newspapers. His new introduction makes the case for why we should widen our vocabulary and use the one right word. This groundbreaking thesaurus remains a unique venture, one that enriches your writing while helping you find the perfect word.

Dictionary of Literature in English

Author: Neil King,Sarah King

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

ISBN: 9781579583811

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 189

View: 3199

While white racism has global dimensions, it has an unshakeable lease on life in South African political organizations and its educational system. Donnarae MacCann and Yulisa Maddy here provide a thorough and provocative analysis of South African children's literature during the key decade around Nelson Mandela's release from prison. Their research demonstrates that the literature of this period was derived from the same milieu -- intellectual, educational, religious, political, and economic -- that brought white supremacy to South Africa during colonial times. This volume is a signal contribution to the study of children's literature and its relation to racism and social conditions.

Bliefe von dlüben

Der China-Crashkurs

Author: Christian Y. Schmidt

Publisher: Rowohlt Verlag GmbH

ISBN: 3644103518

Category: Travel

Page: 224

View: 5098

Der Journalist und Satiriker Christian Y. Schmidt kennt sich in China bestens aus, ist er doch mit einer Chinesin verheiratet und lebt in Peking. Hier beobachtet, probiert und kostet er, was er an typisch Chinesischem, an Seltsamem und Bemerkenswertem so vorfindet. Fünf Jahre lang berichtete er darüber in seiner «Titanic»-Kolumne «Bliefe von dlüben». Jetzt gibt er alles: Er hat ein ganzes Buch geschrieben. Und zwar das Handbuch für künftige Chinaversteher. Kultur, Alltag, Politik – kein Bereich wird ausgespart. Mit viel Charme und zuweilen grellem Witz erzählt Schmidt, wie er sich unerschrocken durch den chinesischen Alltag manövriert: Im Restaurant bekommt er lebenden Fisch serviert, und die Raubkopie von «Bridget Jones», auf die er sich so freute, hat «Piano»-Untertitel. Außerdem kennen Taxifahrer hier keine Anschriften; sie orientieren sich grob am Stand der Sonne, dem Vogelflug und den Gezeiten. Aber es geht Schmidt auch um ganz solide Fragen, zum Beispiel, welche Folgen die von der chinesischen Regierung initiierten Zivilisierungsmaßnahmen (nicht rotzen, nicht rauchen, nicht im Pyjama rausgehen) für Chinas Kultur haben. Kurz: In diesem Buch findet sich alles, was man über China wissen will – komisch, unterhaltsam, lehrreich.

Fresh Air Fiend

Travel Writings

Author: Paul Theroux

Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

ISBN: 0547526342

Category: Travel

Page: 480

View: 3106

Paul Theroux's first collection of essays and articles devoted entirely to travel writing, FRESH AIR FIEND touches down on five continents and floats through most seas in between to deliver a literary adventure of the first order, with the incomparable Paul Theroux as a guide. From the crisp quiet of a solitary week spent in the snowbound Maine woods to the expectant chaos of Hong Kong on the eve of the Hand-over, Theroux demonstrates how the traveling life and the writing life are intimately connected. His journeys in remote hinterlands and crowded foreign capitals provide the necessary perspective to "become a stranger" in order to discover the self. A companion volume to SUNRISE WITH SEAMONSTERS, FRESH AIR FIEND is the ultimate good read for anyone fascinated by travel in the wider world or curious about the life of one of our most passionate travelers.

Windows on Japan

A Walk Through Place and Perception

Author: Bruce Roscoe

Publisher: Algora Publishing

ISBN: 9780875864938

Category: Travel

Page: 308

View: 2686

In Windows on Japan, a New Zealander walks across rural Japan and ponders centuries-old perceptions about the country that is still prisoner to an isolationist past. In a deeply insightful commentary, the author surveys cultural, social and political mores, explores the wellspring of racial perception and the problem of the memory of war. Windows on Japan alternates chapters of physical travel with travel through perception about Japan, and challenges the logic of much Western thought about the country that perplexes as much as it pleases. The author walked a route that connects the ports of Niigata and Yokohama and from these windows on the world considers perceptions of people and place. He also assesses the effect of Japan on writers from Jonathan Swift to Oscar Wilde, Shirley MacLaine and Paul Theroux with surprising results. The trading entity that wraps its tentacles around the globe, converses in most languages and understands most customs, is perceptive and urbane and none appears more capable or cosmopolitan. Yet the individuals who inhabit these islands take refuge in their language as a private habitat, resent intrusions, and are captured by a cultural particularism that distances them from others. The author discusses this paradox, as well as environmental and linguistic issues and topics of history and literature. Along the way, he lifts a veil on the life of a snow country geisha, discusses current events with a priest and a reporter, and takes advice on becoming a Japanese. Though he is understood, it is only on return visits to places he has come to love that he wins acceptance. Notes on music delightfully enrich the narrative.

Thematic Guide to Popular Nonfiction

Author: Lynda G. Adamson

Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group

ISBN: 9780313328558

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 352

View: 4689

Alphabetically arranged entries on 50 themes discuss 155 popular works of nonfiction widely read by students.