The Last Train to Zona Verde

The Last Train to Zona Verde by Paul Theroux 054422793X 9780544227934
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"Theroux is at his best when he tells [peoples] stories, happy and sad . . . Therouxs great mission had always been to transport us beyond that reading chair, to challenge himself--and thus, to challenge us." -- Boston Globe

Paul Therouxs best-selling Dark Star Safari chronicled his epic overland voyage from Cairo to Cape Town, providing an insiders look at modern Africa. Now, with The Last Train to Zona Verde, he returns to discover how both he and Africa have changed in the ensuing years.

Traveling alone, Theroux sets out from Cape Town, going north through South Africa, Namibia, then into Angola, encountering a world increasingly removed from tourists itineraries and the hopes of postcolonial independence movements. After covering nearly 2,500 arduous miles, he cuts short his journey, a decision he chronicles with unsparing honesty in a 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.

"Everything is under scrutiny in Paul Therouxs latest travel book--not just the people, landscapes and sociopolitical realities of the countries he visits, but his own motivations for going where he goes . . . His readers can only be grateful." -- Seattle Times

"If this book is proof, age has not slowed Theroux or encouraged him to rest on his achievements . . . Gutsy, alert to Africas struggles, its injustices and history." -- San Francisco Chronicle

Author: Paul Theroux

Language: English

Binding: Paperback

Pages: 368

Publisher: Mariner Books

Publication Date: 2014-05-13


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