The Lunatic Express

The Lunatic Express

Discovering the World via Its Most Dangerous Buses, Boats, Trains, and Planes

eBook - 2010
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Hoffman takes readers around the globe the way most people experience it and provides an up-close-and-personal view of its most teeming cities and remotest places. An eye-opening look at how welcoming the everyday people of the world can be to a complete stranger.
Publisher: New York : Broadway Books, c2010
ISBN: 9780307590121
0307590127
Call Number: eBook

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multcolib_darceem Aug 20, 2014

A wildly entertaining and treacherous journey around the world traveling as most of the world experiences travel: hot, sweaty, crowded, unreliable and life-threatening. Along the way, Hoffman reflects on how different cultures either connect with or isolate themselves from other people and how sometimes it’s only through traveling that we can find our way home.

KCLSLibrarians Aug 04, 2014

Carl Hoffman wants to experience travel the way most of the world's poor experience it. He endures seemingly endless miseries, but along the way he discovers a sort of grace when acceptance is the only respite available.

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referenceguy
Mar 16, 2012

Journalist Carl Hoffman takes us on a tour of the world’s developing nations via public transport. Whether by bus, boat, train, airplane or taxi, we meet the human face of the Third World. The voyages are often slow and dangerous, but it is the kind and generous spirit of Hoffman’s traveling companions that make this book a delight.

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kumalavula
Jun 25, 2011

anyone that's spent time in some of the more populated cities of the planet or has any interest in the lifestyles of those who don't ride around in hummers would enjoy this book. hoffman finds opportunities to reflect on his own life while genuinely accepting those of others. i breezed through this book and found myself remembering many similar moments either in the same locales he described or ones that were highly reminiscent.

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SPPL_János Mar 22, 2018

"In America, the richer you were the more things you had and the bigger they were—but money didn’t just buy things... More than anything else, money bought insulation and protection. From wind and rain and heat, from other people, from noise, from pollution."

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