Around the World in 80 Days
Day 45: 8 November
At Zhuzhou station at 10.15, Dave Passepartout goes in search of digestive biscuits, a man goes along checking the axle temperature with his bare hands and Mr Xie wants to draw me into conversation about the book I'm reading: The Horse's Mouth by Joyce Carey.
'This look very serious book, Mr Mike.'
When I tell him that much of it is raucously funny, he seems very disappointed.
Later, I'm comfortable under the thick duvet but lie awake for quite a while, listening to the ever-changing sounds of the train. It seems wrong to waste any of China in sleep.
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- Series: Around the World in 80 Days
- Day: 45
- Date: 8 November
- Country/sea: China
- Place: Guangzhou
- Book page no: 153
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