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The Shriek and the Rattle of Trains

Author: Ambrose, Dominic Set In . . .
 Europe, Romania, Bucharest, Timisoara
Genre: Science Fiction
Time Frame: 1990s
Published: 2007
Description: A novel about an American teacher living in Romania during the post-communist years of the early 1990s. Rick faces some challenges: juggling his duties as a teacher trainer in an American cultural exchange program with his private affairs: a romantic triangle with two Romanian men. On top of that, he must confront his own inner demons as he fears infection with HIV. The romantic involvement and the training job both suffer from his inability to cope and he soon finds himself losing both. In the meantime, we are taken on a fantastic ride through the towns and cities of this fascinating land, as it emerges from decades of isolation, toxic development and political turmoil. Rick cannot understand the relationships closest to him, but he becomes entranced by the human spectacle all around him as he rides the rails from one end of Romania to the other. Along the way he begins to comprehend his own predicament in the lives of the people around him.
  
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