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Stranger On A Train : Daydreaming and Smoking Around America - Jenny Diski

Stranger On A Train

Daydreaming and Smoking Around America

Paperback Published: 15th January 2004
ISBN: 9781860499951
Number Of Pages: 288

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In spite of the fact that her idea of travel is to stay home with the phone off the hook, Jenny Diski takes a trip around the perimeter of the USA by train. Somewhat reluctantly she meets all kinds of characters, all bursting with stories to tell and finds herself brooding about the marvellously familiar landscape of America, half-known already through film and television. Like the pulse of the train over the rails, the theme of the dying pleasures of smoking thrums through the book, along with reflections on the condition of solitude and the nature of friendship and memories triggered by her past times in psychiatric hospitals. Cutting between her troubled teenaged years and contemporary America, the journey becomes a study of strangers, strangeness and estrangement - from oneself, as well as from the world.

Her writing is sensitive, sincere and sparkling. - Morning Star

(Diski's) near-erotic musings on the dreaded weed almost made me want to take up smoking again. And that's saying something. - Irish Times

Beautifully written - Times

ISBN: 9781860499951
ISBN-10: 1860499953
Series: The Hungry Student
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 288
Published: 15th January 2004
Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 19.8 x 12.6  x 1.8
Weight (kg): 0.21
Edition Number: 1