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    William Gingles(Author)

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This is a compelling narrative of a long train journey and an illuminating insight from the shadows of the past, descending from the mountains, the unbroken silence of the forest, intertwined with the people who shaped historical events along the route. From the former Tsarist Russian capital of St. Petersburg, this 10,000 kilometre railway odyssey terminates in the great metropolis of Shanghai. Allowing for stop-overs in Moscow and Irkutsk, this journey will take me along the world's longest railway line, itself an extraordinary achievement by the thousands of men who carved this track through a hostile environment, using only the technology of the 19th century. Things may come and things may go, but the Trans-Siberian rolls on forever. After the endless Siberian taiga, the journey continues along the majestic southernmost shore of Lake Baikal, the blue eye of Siberia to Ulaan Baatar, capital of Mongolia. Then through the wilderness of the Gobi Desert and up to the Great Wall of China at Beijing. From the current Chinese capital, it is then on to Xi'an, the ancient capital to see Emperor Qin's mighty terracotta army, before finally reaching Shanghai.

William Gingles was born and educated in Ireland and is a self-confessed railway enthusiast. He has spent most of his adult life working in the City of London and has travelled extensively, having lived in Saudi Arabia and Dubai. Now retired and living in Pimlico in London, the ideal time had arrived to fulfil a youthful ambition of a journey that was conceived some decades ago, but which passed into middle age without fulfilment and only now was about to be realised. This journey was on the Trans-Siberian Railway and onwards to China.

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  • PDF | 284 pages
  • William Gingles(Author)
  • AuthorHouse (3 Oct. 2006)
  • English
  • 7
  • Travel & Holiday

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  • By Andrew Dawson on 9 August 2008

    Quite the most poorly written book I think I have ever seen. Sloppy syntax, an abundance of spelling errors and too many inappropiate colloquialisms. This is a pity as the author clearly had a lot of interesting experiences to tell which he should have limited himself to instead of expending so many words on historical backgrounds which the reader should obtain from other sources. Interestingly, the front flap indicates the book as having been printed in the United States of America whilst the rear flap shows it as having been printed in the United Kingdom. Clearly the sloppiness isn't limited to the author.Definitely not recommended - read any other authors on this subject but not this one. I reluctantly give it one star for effort and contentAndrew Dawson - Ghiffa

  • By Caracitus on 13 October 2010

    I completely agree with the previous reviewer. This book is unbelievably badly written. Do not waste your money on it.


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