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Travels with Charley in Search of America (1962)

por John Steinbeck

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Biography & Autobiography. History. Travel. Nonfiction. HTML:An intimate journey across America, as told by one of its most beloved writers
 
To hear the speech of the real America, to smell the grass and the trees, to see the colors and the light??these were John Steinbeck's goals as he set out, at the age of fifty-eight, to rediscover the country he had been writing about for so many years.

With Charley, his French poodle, Steinbeck drives the interstates and the country roads, dines with truckers, encounters bears at Yellowstone and old friends in San Francisco. Along the way he reflects on the American character, racial hostility, the particular form of American loneliness he finds almost everywhere, and  the unexpected kindness of strange
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    Blue Highways: A Journey into America por William Least Heat-Moon (usnmm2)
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    Tagebuch, später (edition suhrkamp) por Andrzej Stasiuk (Philosofiction)
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Unsurprisingly, the Russian translation I read bears no mention of the discussion of Khruschev's UNO tantrum, that took place in New Hampshire between the author and a farmer. I noted this omission by following this book up with a modern investigation of the trip 'Dogging Steinbeck'.
  Den85 | Jan 3, 2024 |
Travels with Charley is a great story of Steinbeck‘s road trip around America. While it dances on the line between fiction and non-fiction, it succeeds beautifully in capturing both the essence of wanderlust and a telling snapshot in time of the US. At times I wished I had read this in print so that I could highlight some of its many memorable passages, but then I would have missed this excellent feat of audiobook narration by Gary Sinise. ( )
  yourotherleft | Dec 31, 2023 |
I love Charley. He's a lovely dog. Fft. I loved the way Steinbeck treated Charley. Double Fft.

Steinbeck's travelogue was pretty darn good. I enjoyed reading it, although I don't know what took so long. It wasn't as good as Twain's roaming journals, but most of it hit a nostalgic note for a time before I hit the earth. None of it was real. He was looking at it through the eyes of an older man, and I was grateful for his perspective. ( )
  rabbit-stew | Dec 31, 2023 |
I'm in love with Steinbeck still. And again. ( )
  rebwaring | Aug 14, 2023 |
Steinbeck was long one of my favorite authors. This road trip memoir didn't pretend to be stories, but still held my interest. ( )
  mykl-s | Aug 4, 2023 |
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Steinbeck’s book-length account of his journey, “Travels With Charley: In Search of America,” published in 1962, was generally well reviewed and became a best-seller. It remains in print, regarded by some as a classic of American travel writing. Almost from the beginning, though, a few readers pointed out that many of the conversations in the book had a stagey, wooden quality, not unlike the dialogue in Steinbeck’s fiction.

Early on in the book, for example, Steinbeck has a New England farmer talking in folksy terms about Nikita S. Khrushchev’s shoe-pounding (or -brandishing, depending on whom you ask) speech at the United Nations weeks before Khrushchev actually visited the United Nations. A particularly unlikely encounter occurs at a campsite near Alice, N.D., where a Shakespearean actor, mistaking Steinbeck for a fellow thespian, greets him with a sweeping bow, saying, “I see you are of the profession,” and then proceeds to talk about John Gielgud.

Even Steinbeck’s son John said he was convinced that his father never talked to many of the people he wrote about, and added, “He just sat in his camper and wrote all that [expletive].”
 

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Biography & Autobiography. History. Travel. Nonfiction. HTML:An intimate journey across America, as told by one of its most beloved writers
 
To hear the speech of the real America, to smell the grass and the trees, to see the colors and the light??these were John Steinbeck's goals as he set out, at the age of fifty-eight, to rediscover the country he had been writing about for so many years.

With Charley, his French poodle, Steinbeck drives the interstates and the country roads, dines with truckers, encounters bears at Yellowstone and old friends in San Francisco. Along the way he reflects on the American character, racial hostility, the particular form of American loneliness he finds almost everywhere, and  the unexpected kindness of strange

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