Off the Rails

Off the Rails

A Train Trip Through Life

Book - 2019
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In this witty and entertaining collection of travel tales, an acclaimed journalist explores his obsession with trains -- and what his rail journeys have taught him about culture and identity.
Publisher: New York : Berkley, 2019.
Edition: First edition.
Copyright Date: ©2019
ISBN: 9781592408726
Characteristics: xvi, 208 pages ; 22 cm.
Additional Contributors: Shugaar, Antony - Translator


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Beppe Severgnini has spent his life traveling the world, and not just because he's a journalist; he's a passionate, unflagging train buff. Off the Rails recounts some of his favorite trips across Europe, Australia, Asia, and the United States, each journey bringing readers not only to a different... Read More »

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Sep 10, 2019

I love all things train-related, but this was more of a social & political commentary about the people, cuisine, and culture of the locals that the author came across on his cross-country train trips in the US, Russia, Eastern Europe, and elsewhere.
I loved the sections (mainly in the first couple of chapters) in which he described life on a multi-day train trip. Like time is standing still, while you view the world through the glass pane.
The first chapter was about taking his 20 year old son on a train trip from New Orleans to California (maybe to Washington State?). He compares this to his own cross-country trip across the US when he was a similar age. Great chapter!
Maybe he intended for the book to be a warning about: 1. the lack of courtesy, and 2. the lack of food choices served on the Eastern Europe - Russian trains. Often, he was served cucumbers for lunch, or eggs and green peas for breakfast! The warning worked! In fact, I had to force myself to finish READING about them. I discouraged my husband (who does have an interest in politics!) from embarking on this train trip thru a book!


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Nov 15, 2019

We are the consequence of those who went before us. Lie is borrowed and the world is borrowed. Not stolen, though. Imitation and inspiration lead to invention by being tuned in. A writer reads to find the right frequency. One phrase suggests other phrases; an image suggests other images; a place other places. That’s normal. Those who write have to read; those who sing or play an instrument have to listen; those who paint have to look. Beware of cooks with no appetite.


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