Travels with Charley: In Search of America
and i know that is a totally obvious statement, but if i want to read a story about a man traveling across america and describing his findings, it is going to be a man with a varied vocabulary, a keen eye for detail, and some powers of interpreting his experiences. john, i am listening...
this is my first nonfiction from steinbeck, and i am impressed with how conversational it reads. he has a real skill in making his experiences near-visible to the r...more
In 1960, when John Steinbeck was 58 years old, ill with the heart disease which was to kill him eight years later and rather discontented with life, he decided to embark on a road trip around the United States in a fitted-out pick-up truck, accompanied by his standard French poodle, Charley. Steinbeck’s plan was to re-connect with the America which had informed his fiction and to assess how much it had changed over the years.
This book is the result of that trip: part memoir, part travelogue, pa...more
"For many years I have traveled in many parts of the world. In America I live in New York, or dip into Chicago, or San Francisco. But New York is no more America than Paris is France or London is England. Thus I disco...more
But I have a wicked streak of wanderlust in me, too, and Steinbeck really caught me at a good time. It was Summertime, and I was already in a daydream-y mood. That mood lasted all through the book.
I managed to get through the whole trip with the cranky writer, and he was act...more
During the mid-century period, discovering America and/or oneself through the medium of the road-trip came into vogue. While other prominent authors, such as Kerouac and Thompson, were publishing their own, more heralded versions, I prefer Steinbeck's. It lacks the hedonism of the others and I love him for that. And furthermore, these journals often get offtrac...more
Part of my Steinbeck indifference was obviously influenced by my teenage attitude. At 15 there were other things I'd much rather have been doing than reading novels about the great depression. Also, I had that "what does this have to do with me" attitude I saw so frequently while trying to tea...more
So how can I not give five stars t...more
While I was reading it, I found it interesting, insightful, humorous and sad. Now that is a wide range of emotions captured in a small book.
A question that always arises is: how much of this is true and how much is imagined? There is a simple answer to this. Steinbeck points out that no two people will see the same event with the same eyes. What you see depends upon who you are. This is what Steinbeck saw and expe...more
What can I say? I'll admit to an hesitancy to pick up Travels With Charley: In Search of America, it being non-fiction and my Steinbeck reading record being at 3 books read, 3 books loved, after all, a disappointment could be over the horizon. To my joy, Travels With Charley:...more
Nel 1961 John Steinbeck decide di compiere un viaggio attraverso gli Stati Uniti perché ritiene di essersi allontanato dalle persone, dagli americani e uno scrittore questo, non se lo può permettere.
E' un libro per gli irrequieti, gli amanti di Chatwin e di Kerouac e per tutti gli animi vagabondi:
Vedevo nei loro occhi qualche cosa che avrei rivisto tante volte in ogni parte del paese... un desiderio roven...more
The story is written with humor, but with a profound sadness to it (perhaps due to Mr. Steinbeck's declining health) and whether the novel is truly fact or just fiction is unimportant to me as I found it an insightful and entertaini...more
And check out the awesome Rocinante (named after Don Quixote's horse), a custom-made camper truck that carried them around America:
This is the route they took that I'd love to retrace someday:
At 58, John Steinbeck has been told by his doctor to "slow down" which to him meant the onset of a slow decline. In response he decides to gather his poodle, Charley, and go on a road trip across the United States. Seeing the U.S., in 1960, through Steinbeck's eyes was a delight and an image of a world long gone. I don't think you could embark on such a trip now, in 2014, where people are leery of strangers. I think that's part of the magic of this book- it is filled with nostalgia.
I am a fan of...more
Maybe this is not great book and maybe authors only have a few great books in them or their powers decline as they age but i...more
There were parts in which I found myself upset with Steinbeck himself, mainly for his blase attitude about certain th...more
"In the beginning of this record I tried to explore the nature of journeys...people...more
This is John Steinbeck's wonderfully written memoir of his journey across America with his dog, Charley. As one who loves Steinbeck, travel, and travel memoirs -- it's no surprise that I really enjoyed this book.
What did surprise me was Steinbeck's humor. His recollections are full of witty tales about his dog and his encounters with various people they meet along the way. There’s one scene that is quite funny where his dog comes across a bear for the very first time. Normally a quite cowardly...more
I loved his stories of Charlie, his dog and how...more
Among the ideas explored are the nature and purpose of journeys, animal companions (Charley may very well be the best written character I've ever read), and the paradox of Americans in their collective individualism.
Steinbeck travels across the country in 1960 and the memoir is peppered with humor and insight. But the section that gripped me the most was his self-inflicted visit to the South.
"Now I had moved through a galaxy o...more
For I have always lived violently, drunk hugely, eaten too much or not at all, slept around the clock or missed two nights of sleeping, worked too hard or too long in glory, or slobbed for a time in utter laziness. I've lifted, pulled, chopped, climbed, made love with joy and taken my hangovers as a consequence, not a punishment. I did not want to surrender my fierceness for a small gain in yardage...I knew that ten o...more
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In 1962 Steinbeck received the Nobel Prize for Literature.
Steinbeck grew up in the Salinas Valley...more