Travel is an optimistic form of living because you assume if you’re traveling that good things are going to happen to you. No one thinks, “I’m going to go to a place and terrible things are going to happen.” Travel is sort of optimism in action and you think there’s something good down the road. . . . There’s always that sense of “it’s going to be all right.”
— Paul Theroux, speaking at the The John Adams Institute, Amsterdam (January 2017)
Click here to read our review of Theroux’s 1975 travel book, The Great Railway Bazaar.