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Travels with Charley by John Steinbeck
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bookshelves: this-is-america, own, 2011
Read from November 21 to 25, 2011

Steinbeck is a big gap in my reading of American writers and if nothing else, Travels with Charley is reason to make up for that. He was a manly man, a curious eye, liberally minded and he insisted upon talking to animals as he would another person, rather than babytalking as if they are a dumb, childish extension of their owner's ego. His writing is wise on the subject of America as a whole, but his sketches of individual states feel rarely complete. This is a fault inherent in travel writing that Steinbeck acknowledges -- whatever a traveler's brief impression, it is full of his prejudice and world view and the limit of his vision.

However, between this book and this poem, I think we now have scientific proof that Montana's epic expanse of beauty makes it the best state in the country. Look, mountains and lakes and forests, it has all three!
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