Car Camping: The Book of Desert Adventures
He's like Huckleberry Finn
He's a twenty-two-year-old housepainter living at his parents' house in Southern California, across a four-lane street from a gated subdivision. Now this suburban innocent is striking out on the only type of adventure he can afford: he's...more
This is the last line of the book and by then it pretty much is a metaphor for the author's approach to life. His prose is plain and straight forward, and if I'd read that line at the beginning it would have just been a description of motor boating. But by the end of the book, you like mark, respect him, and this line tells you everything is going to be okay.
I really enjoyed this book. At first it seems like a typical drinking, dereli ...more
But it's not a guidebook, more of a memoir of an aspiring drifter. The fun part is that's Sundeens's not a very good drifter, although he has some great adventures along the way. In his intro he admits he made stuff up, so tha ...more
My recommendation is to not read this book, if you are looking for an alternate Hunter S Thompson book. This is much slower in bits, and more dull.
It is written well, and is enjoyable. But ultimately, I will not remember it next year. I don't know what separates it from a good magazine article?
Also, Huck Finn?? Sure, its a traveling book, and it contains river(s) as well. No real social commentary tho ...more
It is kind of a cute coming of age thing, but it kind of captures an essential problem with capitalism for me too. It does capture the dilemma I had when I finished college. I had a liberal arts degree I didn't know what to do with.