Riding the Iron Rooster

Riding the Iron Rooster BOOKS Riding The Iron Rooster Paul Theroux Natus Physiotherapy.co.uk 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.

  • 4.5
  • 069
  • English
  • 18 September 2017
  • Paperback
  • 487 pages
  • 0140112952
  • Riding the Iron Rooster
  • Paul Theroux

10 thoughts on “Riding the Iron Rooster

  1. mark monday says:

    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 includes the Chinese which was an off putting and distancing thing to experience when reading a travelogue concerning China at times it really got to me and i found myself disdainful and contemptuous of the author in return he began to drive me up the wall with as another reviewer notes his r 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 includes the Chinese which was an off putting and distancing thing to experience when reading a travelogue concerning China at times it really got to me and i found myself disdainful and contemptuous of the author in return he began to drive me up the wall with as another reviewer notes his relentlessly consistent authorial voice i d have to remind myself that he also wrote The Mosquito Coast, which besides being my dad s favorite film scary, that , is all about escaping from the dirty, disgusting world of conformist, unimaginative humans and the terrible danger...

  2. Jeff says:

    The nice thing about buying books by the box at a used book sale is that I ll take a chance on something I normally wouldn t pick up at full price In this case it was a travelogue Paul Theroux s travels through China took place in the mid 80 s, which makes most of the political content somewhat dated not to mention repetitive to the Nth degree Everyone in China that he comes across gets questioned about the changes in the political climate, specifically the differences between Mao and the The nice thing about buying books by the box at a used book sale is that I ll take a chance on something I normally wouldn t pick up at full price In this case it was a travelogue Paul Theroux s travels through China took place in the mid 80 s, which makes most of the political content somewhat dated not to mention repetitive to the Nth degree Everyone in China that he comes across gets questioned about the changes in the political climate, specifically the differences between Mao and the reforms of Deng the Chinese leader at the time the book was written Over and over again Ad nauseam The book also has a tendency to drag at times With that said, Theroux s humor and keen...

  3. Caroline says:

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers To view it, click here 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 absently scratching at the thick coating of lim...

  4. Lara Messersmith-Glavin says:

    This book exhausted me 450 pages of train rides, blurred landscapes, glib conversations, and Paul Theroux s relentlessly consistent authorial voice throughout, cramming in detail after detail from a year long journey throughout China in 1987 it became a reading challengethan a pleasure I wasn t about to get off the train in Heilongjiang, worn out around page 300, not because I was so riveted, but rather because I wanted to know if he would ever bring it all together, if his partial and This book exhausted me 450 pages of train rides, blurred landscapes, glib conversations, and Paul Theroux s relentlessly consistent authorial voice throughout, cramming in detail after detail from a year long journey throughout China in 1987 it became a reading challengethan a pleasure I wasn t about to get off the train in Heilongjiang, worn out around page 300, not because I was so riveted, but rather because I wanted to kno...

  5. Missy J says:

    any travel book revealedabout the traveller than it did about the country For the 3rd consecutive year, I have made it a point to read one Paul Theroux travel book at the beginning of the year On Goodreads, there are many unfavorable reviews who criticize that Theroux is judgmental and consistently disparaging his co travelers and the places he visits Funny enough, I d...

  6. Daren says:

    A year in China in the mid 1980 s Pretty much if the train went there, so did Theroux.He is a cynical man, who generally dislikesthan he likes, but he manages to describe fantastically what it is he doesn t like I enjoyed thisthan The Great Railway Bazaar and The Old Patagonian Express, although they are very similar in style.The first chapter was enough to convince me I would enjoy this book It tells of Theroux joining a group tour from London to China by train Why he ever though A year in China in the mid 1980 s Pretty much if the train went there, so did Theroux.He is a cynical man, who generally dislikesthan he likes, but he manages to describe fantasticall...

  7. Michelle says:

    We moved to China this year, largely ignorant of China s history, both recent and ancient This book was incredibly eye opening as to what the cultural revolution entailed, what it did to Chinese culture and people, and how much things have changed here since the book was written Theroux captures the essence of China quite clearly for us While he seems unlikeable or crabby at times, he is also very real and very clear about what travelers oftentimes must endure for the sake of a journey, of le We moved to China this year, largely ignorant of China s history, both recent and ancient This book was incredibly eye opening as to what the cultural revolution entailed, what it did to Chinese culture and people, and how much things have changed here since the book was written Theroux captures the essence of China quite clearly for us While he seems unlikeable or crabby at times, he is also very real ...

  8. Eric_W says:

    Among the first inventions of the Chinese were such things as toilet paper they were enad with paper and in fact invented a paper armor consisting of pleats which were impervious to arrows , the spinning wheel, seismograph, steam engine as early as 600 A.D and parachute hang gliders in 550 559 B.C which they tested by throwing prisoners off towers This same country, according to Paul Theroux in Riding the Iron Rooster, is driving many animals to extinction The Chinese like to eat stra Among the f...

  9. Patrick O& says:

    Want to understand China Read this along with Peter Hessler s Rivertown and you will get a pretty good picture.Unlike most travel writers, Theroux is cynical, and accordingly perhaps a littleinsightful Anne Tyler may have written The Accidental Tourist , but Th...

  10. Elaine says:

    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 sometimes feels that way Theroux is not afraid to ask intrusive questions of anyone he meets and has a certain lack of tact about what subject to address ie, nothing stops him.He did find,however, that while the Chinese simply didn t answer if they didn t want to they were very open and candid in talki 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 sometimes feels that way Theroux is not afraid to ask intrusive questions of anyone he meets and has a certain lack of tact about what subject to address ie, nothing stops him.He did find,however, that while the Chinese simply didn t answer if they didn t want to they were very open and candid in talking about Chinese politics and history.Theroux is a great writer and makes the whole thing very interesting.He has a way with words,frequent humour and his style flows easily.I know many people dislike his attitude towards other nationalities,finding him superior and condescending and that this spoils the whole experience for them I do agree to an extent and I was annoyed at times by his know it all manner and patronising behavior However I did manage to separate the book from the author s personality.A...

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