- File Size: 3209 KB
- Print Length: 371 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publication Date: October 2, 2016
- Sold by: Amazon.com Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B01LXQTW4F
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,618 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
Not Tonight, Josephine: A Road Trip Through Small-Town America Kindle Edition
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Also, my husband and I have traveled some of those states and can relate to the descriptions of each one. We just bought a 2015 Dodge Grand Caravan and look forward to traveling the same way with a mattress in the back and go wherever it leads us, Although we are both in our late 70s, we enjoy life.
To be brutally honest, I don't think this book is as outstanding as FREE COUNTRY. That one was based on the sort of uniquely insane idea that makes for a great book. This one is the story of two young Brits just out of college and ready to explore the world, especially that intriguing place called America. Not an earth-shaking idea, although the author brings his own special brand of craziness to the plan. Also, the trip occurred in 2000 and written up 16 years later. There's more nostalgia than immediacy and I think that makes a difference.
Still, even as a young man, George must have already had his confidence-inspiring mojo going for him. At almost every stop along the way, he and his friend Mark connected with people in a surprising way. OK, we're friendly folks (usually) and an English accent goes over big, but I think that few youngsters would have gotten as close to the locals as these two did. Put it another way, it's not really a "travelogue" and that's to its advantage.
Of course, at the age of 22 you can be very intelligent and even well-read and still not have sense enough to come in out of the rain, which is why young folks have such interesting adventures. They were under-funded and over-optimistic. All they knew about America was what they had seen on television and so they knew that the cities were filled with dangerous, dishonest people and the small towns were filled with kindly, honest people. This notion lead them to Woodstock, NY, where they purchased a beat-up1989 Dodge Caravan from a Brazilian who was clearly anxious to get out of the country as soon as possible. On the theory that "beauty is only skin deep" they figured that "Josephine" must have an inner beauty that would get them to the West Coast and back again in ease and style. They were wrong, as they quickly and expensively found out.
A side story is that the author left England just as he had finally landed the girl of his dreams, Rachel. Absence may make the heart grow fonder or it may cause a promising romance to die an ugly death. He wants to make this dream trip and he wants to keep his girl. Can he manage both?
It's a good, entertaining book. This guy is either a magnet for strange situations and people or he exaggerates very well indeed. Does it matter? Not to me. He's not fearless (because he was scared badly more than once) but he does believe in forging on and he's always hopeful. That's what you need to be an adventurer - an open mind and lots of confidence. He found a great deal to admire about America and Americans and he cuts us a lot of slack even about the things that he didn't think much of. Nobody's perfect.
Seeing your country through the eyes of a foreigner is a humbling, fascinating experience. I enjoyed this book.
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It was nice to read that they visited many of the small towns that I visited on a (far more luxurious in our 2011 Hyundai Santa Fe) road-trip in 2011, so reading about others' experiences there brought happy memories back.
It’s an enjoyable road trip across America in a car that cost too much. They stop at little known places famous for little known things and meet interesting characters along the way. George’s style of writing and witty observations make this motoring expedition thoroughly entertaining.
If you have ever taken or plan to do a road trip across America, you will enjoy this book.
As such I would suggest you get out pronto buy the book and.... Make Georges Bank Balance Great Again
You won't be disappointed I promise