British writer Raban's quest for the real America leads him to New York City, Alabama, Seattle and the Florida Keys in this wonderfully observant, often hilarious book, which was a BOMC alternate in hardcover. $30,000 ad/promo.
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Since Crevecoeur and de Tocqueville, Europeans have set sail for America to try to get a handle on this vast, wild New World. Here, Briton Raban makes his second foray (the first being Old Glory , LJ 9/15/81), sailing from Liverpool like an immigrant of yore and landing in places as diverse as New York City, rural Alabama, Seattle, and the Florida Keys. Raban's eye for the unique detail allows him to delve into the American psyche, and this account is far more than a travelog. However, his tendency to embrace the seamy stereotype is disturbing. His New York is out of A Clockwork Orange ; a nasty xenophobia festers below the surface of the New South; and his lawless Keys resemble a watery Dodge City. Nevertheless, recommended.
- Jim Burns, Pompano Beach City Lib., Fla.
Copyright 1991 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Jonathan Raban enlightens and entertains with every sentence. Truly a master with words, sentences, and images. He tells real stories in a compelling way.Published on April 4, 2013 by S. Youngberg
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Jonathan Raban is a wonderful writer whether he is writing tavel books or novels. I heartily recommend this book as well aas all other books Raban has written.Published on August 16, 2011 by Marion M. Giuffria
I agree with previous reviewers that this book combines keen observation and stunning command of language, much like the travel writing of Paul Theroux, whom the author apparently... Read morePublished on June 8, 2010 by T. Burke
Jonathan Raban is truly a gifted writer, and he articulates in beautiful and apt prose his keen grasp and feel for the subject matter here to his readers.Published on May 24, 2007 by Stella Navaratnam