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My goodness! What did Steinbeck do to earn so stern a denunciation? Did he not actually take the trip at all? That's what "fraud" would mean to me. No, he took it, and he went where he said he did. Already the claim looks over-the-top. Are many of his conversations with locals fictionalized? Probably yes, but Steigerwald acknowledges that Steinbeck scholarship has suspected that for a long time; it's not the blinding revelation that Steigerwald claims it is.
You have to get to the end of Dogging Steinbeck to discover the answer as to what bugs Steigerwald so. The problem is that Steigerwald had this image in his head of Steinbeck driving all around the country without a break, with no-one but his dog for company, sleeping every night in his lonely camper by the side of the road.
But Steigerwald has been cruelly disillusioned. Steinbeck took breaks for visits with relatives. He also stayed over in a couple big-city hotels, and spent some nights on the road in motels. He had his wife with him for one leg of the journey, and a friend for another.
That does take away from the purity of the experience, but that also means that Steigerwald wasn't paying much attention to Travels when he formed that image, though he does make a close, accurate reading of the book here. Steinbeck actually mentions three of those breaks in Travels, though he minimized them and left others out. He mentions staying in motels.Read more ›
While Steigerwald claims that Steinbeck's work "...was not a travelogue, not a serious work of journalism and, as I soon realized, it was not an accurate, full or reliable account of his actual road trip", he might have taken some time to put a rear-view mirror to his own work, to recognize that he was observing his own "journalistic" work through a pair of thickly-tinted red, libertarian glasses. In between his researched and verified "facts" about Steinbeck's actual movements, he inserts slants, biases, and attacks from his own rightist POV against the Nobelist's admittedly Democratic affiliations. His focus on "The Truth" denies Steinbeck any "narrative license" to the original story, repetitively implying that if a particular detail isn't fully accurate, then it must fully be a lie. My understanding, as a reader of journalistic products, is that "news" and "research" is not so simply bifurcated, and it is the writer's role to illuminate the shadings between the real and the fantasy.
Having been raised along the Missouri River divide in North Dakota, I was proud to read Steinbeck's descriptions of my prairie homeland when the book first appeared in the early Sixties.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I read the book and just don't understand how the author came to his conclusions and then stated the book was a total fraud. Read morePublished 14 days ago by RebeccaRose
The good: the book is based on solid "detective" work and it is fun to read.
The bad: it's repetitive. No need to tell the same conclusion and facts 22 times. Read more
This is a good story ruined by the author's political ranting.
Look, I like Steinbeck's work but I love the truth. Read more
Written from the point of view of a petulant child. A terrible and immature book.Published 10 months ago by Marzipan Carmichael
Ok gang, here's the deal. Anyone who actually READ "Travels With Charley", and spent a little time on the road as opposed to experiencing the world through TV, knew the... Read morePublished 10 months ago by doc3d
You can't give it zero or that would be appropriate. What a total waste of time and dead trees. Simply: Who cares. Read morePublished 12 months ago by P. E. Knopick
I enjoyed this book. My dad was an avid reader and always said that there was something (or many things) real wrong with Steinbeck's Travels with Charlie. Read morePublished 14 months ago by A Scott
I wasn't even able to finish this book. The author has a compulsive need to discredit Steinbeck's book. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Eleanor Herrick
a very interesting read -- and enjoyed steigerwald's take on his journey --Published 14 months ago by Cynthia S. Schaub
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