Book Of Railway Journeys, A by L Kennedy Dust Jacket 1980

Book Of Railway Journeys, A by L Kennedy Dust Jacket 1980

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Book Of Railway Journeys, A by L Kennedy Dust Jacket 1980
A Book Of Railway Journeys L Kennedy Dust Jacket 1980  356 Pages
The sound of a train in the distance is an invitation to a journey not only through space but time as well.  Ludovic Kennedy has compiled a treasury of wonderfully varied and memorable accounts of railway journeys in two centuries and every part of the world. From the earliest days in Britain and America (and the appropriately Imperial origins of the Trans-Siberian) to the disasters of crashes, war, and human folly, in the words of such travelers as Robert Louis Stevenson, Thomas Edison, Stephen Crane, E. B. White, and Charles Dickens, Railway Journeys captures the adventure and drama of trains. It recalls historic journeys such as the inaugural outing of the Orient Express, Lenin's return to Russia, and Robert Kennedy's funeral cortege as well as many of the grand old trains-the Flying Scotsman, the Santa Fe Super Chief, and even Mrs. E. T. Stotesbury's private Pullman with gold-plated plumbing.
Railway Journeys includes poetry and prose, fiction and nonfiction, the classic and the utterly unexpected. Mr. Kennedy, who includes some of his own writing about trains and the people (or occasionally lions) one meets on them, weaves together a spellbinding flow of the extraordinary and unpredictable, complemented by over fifty illustrations from every period and country concerned. Among those describing railway journeys past and recent are Paul Theroux, John Cheever, Harold Nicolson, Peter Fleming, Lucius Beebe, Hardy, Dickens, Auden, one of Hitler's secretaries . . . and the indispensable Mr. and Mrs. Anon. Here is a feast for all seasons and a ticket to everywhere.

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