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The Big Red Train Ride Paperback – 27 Mar 1980


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  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd; New edition edition (27 Mar. 1980)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0140052437
  • ISBN-13: 978-0140052435
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 2.5 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,410,623 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Keith M TOP 500 REVIEWER on 28 Jun. 2012
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In his 1978 book The Big Red Train Ride, celebrated travel-writer Eric Newby traces the 5900 mile journey from Moscow to Nakhodka (on Russia's Pacific coast) that he made in 1977 on the Russian Trans-Siberian Railway. Rather like his successor travel writers Paul Theroux and Bill Bryson, Newby's writing is a compelling mix of historical detail and lighter, more whimsical passages - the latter often arising as a result of Newby's attempts to circumvent the strict rules and regulations (which, for example, banned the opening of train windows!) imposed on foreign travellers in Soviet Russia which were in force at the time of his journey.

For the trip, Newby was accompanied by three fellow travellers - his single-minded Slovenian-born wife, Wanda (whom Newby met whilst escaping from captivity in Italy during WWII), a German Jew who is obsessed with photography, Otto, and the trio's Soviet-appointed minder, Mischa. Newby's writing is never less than interesting, combining a mix of easy-to-read chatty prose, with some passages of beautiful and lucid descriptive writing covering the terrain and environment through which he passed during his 192-hour train voyage. Newby had clearly undertaken extensive research for the trip (as well as having some prior experience of travel in Soviet Russia), and the book provides extensive (and much astonishing) detail of the history of the construction of the Trans-Siberian Railway during the latter part of the 19th century, and of the history of the various inhabitant races over the preceding centuries.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Retired on 11 July 2011
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Excellent well written book. You almost feel you were there in the flesh, not only is it entertaining it is informative. I found it difficult to put down.
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I last read this book while actually travelling on the Trans-Siberian Railway during the Gorbachev era - I found it odd that photos in the book taken years ago, were still possible to replicate all those years later!

No it's not the best written book in the world, but if you do the train ride, it all makes sense...
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Very enjoyable read, great sense of humour comes through, and very informative.
Will certainly purchase other books by this author
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By weetie on 27 Feb. 2014
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So pleased to be able to find some old Eric Newby books for my husband who is a great fan of the author
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