Travel writer Paul Theroux has taken his readers on adventures across Europe, India and the Middle East by railroad. His latest book, “The Last Train to Zona Verde,” details his journey to the heart of Africa, the continent he knows and loves the best. He joins us in the studio.

An excerpt from The Last Train to Zona Verde

Paul Theroux, travel writer and novelist, with works including "The Mosquito Coast," "The Dead Hand," "The Great Railway Bazaar" and "Ghost Train"

  • thucy

    Theroux’s crit of Stiglitz in Angola is unfair.
    First: Theroux, as a travel writer, is SUPPOSED to be traveling rough.
    Second: We can’t afford to lose Stiglitz. But there are so many travel writers, no one would notice if Theroux disappeared.
    It reminds me of Theroux’s take-down memoir of Naipaul. Naipaul may be an unmitigated jerk, but if he lives to 100, Theroux will never match Naipaul’s best works. And that’s not a knock on Theroux’s talent – it’s just that Naipaul is that good.

  • 1PeterDuMont2STARALLIANCE8

    Fascinating comments about crossing the border of any country. Reminds me of the Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, founder of the Transcendental Meditation program, one of the great “universalists,” if there ever was one. Yet he respected borders, and the need of countries to keep their integrity.

    Like Mr. Theroux’s comment, the Maharishi said one time, with emphasis: “You cross the border, and the trees BREATHE a different air.”

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