The Great American Adventures of Modern Big City Railroading
by Eric B. Barnes
The Great American Adventures of Modern Big City Railroading by Eric B. Barnes is a tale that initially seems as preposterous as its title. Told from the point of view of Danny, an out on his luck investigative journalist, the story has the structure of a circus, even being punctuated by infomercials and commercial breaks. Led on a journey by Circus Larry, also known as Laurence James Turdburger, Danny and his other journalist pals discover the mysteries and wonders of the big city railroad. While told from a humorous point of view The Great American Adventures of Modern Big City Railroading is also a very poignant piece that urges the reader to take a step back from their everyday lives and appreciate the big city life that is available to them. When did society become so fast-paced and habitual that people could no longer exit a train at a stop that was not for some predetermined errand? When did people become so self-centered that they could no longer find fellow public transit passengers to be funny, if not down-right entertaining?
If you are a person who prefers the solitude of your gas guzzling car and the sultry sounds of the sweet, smooth jazz that you probably listen to, then it is possible that The Great American Adventures of Modern Big City Railroading is not the book for you. If you are a person who is disgruntled by vomiting college students, opportunistic rappers, and the occasional space invader, then again, it is possible that The Great American Adventures of Modern Big City Railroading is just not the book for you. However, should you find yourself to be even remotely curious about the people and places that whiz by the windows of your car or train, then perhaps you should take a few minutes and let Circus Larry help you to discover if the big city railroad is the place for you.
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