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.)
In "The Rainbow Stories," Vollmann paid prostitutes for their stories; in "Poor People," same for that group, across the world. Read morePublished 1 month 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 2 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 24 months ago 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
You can see where Vollmann is trying to go with this book. He wants to create a modern Jack Kerouac tale. He even spends some time talking about Kerouac and his journeys. Read morePublished on June 28, 2009 by Robert Hruska
As usual, WTV's writing flows like a mighty river, turning one upside down and backwards but ever onward... with breathtaking turns of phrase. I'll ride with him anywhere.Published on September 18, 2008 by M. Brown