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The book's platform about soul-searching makes sense, but not with this author.
Vollmann is no anarchist, but he is harshly critical of the bargain he believes Americans have made to trade elemental freedoms for perceived security.
Not much of a story, yet good for a page and a half, but there's still the 186 other pages to fill (It's a small book.)
to be fair I am a big W.T. Vollamann fan. The book was a great read on the becoming a non-existent means of traveling cheap. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Bob Wachholder
In "The Rainbow Stories," Vollmann paid prostitutes for their stories; in "Poor People," same for that group, across the world. Read morePublished 7 months ago by John L Murphy
A bit disappointed. The material here is more of a diary of random thoughts with few historical pieces on train hopping experiences. I still have not finished the book. Read morePublished 8 months ago by steve delor
An interesting glimpse into vagabond life on the rails. Though some literary effects seem to be over used, this work provides a box car perspective on the hobo existence of a... Read morePublished on September 26, 2012 by Raymond Viola
Its worth checking out. Kinds did it cause he wanted to, not like most that have to, but he owns that. It is a good book, and worth the timePublished on March 5, 2012 by Blaue
I loved this book and it being the first I'd ever read by William T. Vollman, I decided to pursue more of his writing. Read morePublished on February 26, 2011 by LT
I've ridden a couple freight trains. If you are crazy about freight trains you will love this book, partially because there isn't much written on the topic and it a lot safer (and... Read morePublished on November 30, 2010 by Aaron Kreider
I've ridden a couple freight trains. If you are crazy about freight trains you will love this book, partially because there isn't much written on the topic and it a lot safer (and... Read morePublished on November 30, 2010