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Norwood by Charles Portis
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Jun 26, 11

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"Norwood" is about the most absurdest travel literature that you'll read but also probably one of the best. In it Norwood Pratt is a country-bumpkin former Marine who settles back in the small town of Ralph, Texas. He spends his days working on cars in a little gas station that only pays him enough to survive. On that note he has plans on making it to New York City to hunt down a fellow Marine, Joe Williams, who owes him $70. He stays in a house with his sister Vernell who just recently married an older man named Bill Bird. Opportunity knocks in the form of former lawyer-turned-entrepreneur Grady Fring who hires Norwood to drive two cars from Ralph up to NYC and take along a woman named Yvonne Phillips. Along the way Norwood meets hobos, a travel writer who doesn't travel, a bread delivery man, and a pot-bellied former circus midget. He also falls in love with a girl named Rita Lee who was holding out for another Marine and picks up a fortune-telling chicken.

Apologies for any who wanted to be surprised about Norwood or the people he meets on his seemingly convoluted mission. This book is much about Norwood and his journey and is not so much the people but the journey en whole. I recommend it.
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