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The idea of making up fake hitchhiking scenarios is fun and for the first couple chapters, it's funny, but then it drags on and on for most of the book. I'm ready to skip the fiction, because it really isn't entertaining at all at this point, to get to what really ended up happening.
Right before starting this book, I read Role Models and totally loved it. Carsick is a drag.
The non-fiction story really lets us into John Waters' head. Its fun. I found it ironic that after the two fantasy stories that relied so heavily on his public person to drive the story the non-fiction relied on average people and their varied reactions, from taking care not to engage, to caring people going out of their way to help, regardless of who the hitchhiker was. I got the feeling John Waters was really pleasantly surprised how happy the "normal" people he met were. He spent quite a while in Kansas, and I have to admit on a road trip in another part of the US a couple of years ago I met really friendly "normal" people from Kansas.
We warned John Waters does let you into his thoughts and his fantasies in the book - don't expect something "nice".
I skipped the fictional bad rides portion because my mind just cannot take horror stories, but for those who like horror, certainly go there!
While the real story of his adventure paled in comparison, I was fascinated by its truth. As a writer currently writing about travelers, I wished he had stayed on the streets at night. While I realize it would have been scary, I really believe if he had hooked up with other travelers, he would have had a time as great as his imagination.
Way to go John! Keep writing brave soul! You've got talent!
Not only does this book feature John Waters' true account of his hitchhiking trip, but it also has two novellas of what he imagines to be the best hitchhiking trip imaginable which is upbeat and hopeful, but still keeps that level of John Waters' filth that his people such as myself cling to and the worst hitchhiking trip imaginable which tests the main character similar to how Francine Fishpaw was dragged through a living hell in Polyester.
Both novellas are fun reads and as imaginative and John Watersish as you'd hope and pray they'd be.
It's an amazing read as a man who was either sixty five or sixty six tell you about how he did something very few anymore have the balls to do, something that was so common in his youth. It's a book that is Americana as apple pie and baseball because in my opinion, rest stops and cheap hotels are far more American than the first two any day of the week.
I've yet to read On The Road (because I never attended college so I never went through a snobbish stoner beatnik phase) but I assume Carsick to be the more enjoyable and fun read. Like anything John Waters does, he gives you a different flavor that you have yet to try or even imagine, like if your creepy uncle got to invent his own Ben and Jerry's flavor.
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