By Paul Theroux
En 1986 Paul Theroux decidió viajar a China apro- vechando un año sabático. Su instinto le decía que un país tan enorme sólo puede conocerse «sin despegar los pies del suelo». Y se propuso atravesarlo viajando sólo en tren. De Mongolia a Pekín, de Pekín a Shanghai, de Shanghai a Cantón, y de allí hacia el norte y por todo el inside del país, Theroux recorrió miles de kilómetros. El resultado es un itinerario palpitante de detalles y anécdotas, en los angeles mejor tradición del reportaje literario, que muestra sin tópicos ni folclorismos los angeles realidad profunda de China.Este es un libro clásico de los angeles literatura de viajes. Theroux, su autor, es uno de los más reputados autores del género.
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But was it really? The boulder had swept a trail wide enough for a pedestrian, but not wide enough for the car and camper. One at a time, seven of us walked to the road along the boulder’s narrow pathway, with me last in line, pulling the winch wire, which, on reaching the road, I hooked around another boulder that Steve hauled in along a path parallel to the first. It was halfway home when it detonated a mine. The world erupted. I was deafened by the blast. Rock and dirt exploded skyward and settled over our cars.
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Along our route south, the water table was so close to the surface that we found functioning wells whose water was less than 50 feet down. Though we were never sure of the rules and customs, the wells seemed to be open to any thirsty traveler, with a pulley and a goatskin container or bucket ready and waiting, never any fences or NO TRESPASSING signs. Because we all drank heartily—every other hour draining our personal quart-size thermos bottles and the pair of two-gallon jugs we shared—we found it necessary to stop every 30 miles or so to fill up, yet never lacked for a waiting well.