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Tom Robbins Reviews The Last Train to Zona Verde by Paul Theroux

The Last Train to Zona VerdeVerdict: carrot

The world is full of jolly places but these do not interest me at all. I hate vacations, and luxurious hotels are no fun to read about. I want to read about the miserable, or difficult, or inhospitable places; the forbidden cities and the back roads: as long as they exist, the travel book will have value.”

So wrote Paul Theroux in a spirited rebuttal of the idea that travel writing has had its day.

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