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In this book, the author recounts his journey from London to Tokyo and then back to London on some of Asia’s fabled trains like the Orient Express, the Khyber Pass Local, the Frontier Mail, the Golden Arrow to Kuala Lumpur, the Mandalay Express and the Trans-Siberian Express. Definitely one of the top 10 books on travel.
What makes this book stand out?
The author’s love for trains and travel through Asia, Europe, and the Middle East.
Read it for
Its strange, unique, and hugely entertaining qualities which make this book a modern classic of travel literature. Peppered with the author’s characteristic humor, it is engrossing and an essential read for everyone interested in travel.
Don't read it for
At times, the book complains too much about the facilities provided and lacks the eager sense of adventure and excitement. Some readers might even find it chauvinistic and excruciating.