- Paperback: 102 pages
- Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (August 25, 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1466203277
- ISBN-13: 978-1466203273
- Product Dimensions: 8 x 0.2 x 10 inches
- Shipping Weight: 10.1 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 93 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #388,150 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Road Paperback – August 25, 2011
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The early part of the book deals with London’s life as a free-wheeling hobo riding the rails, and the latter part delves into his time in Kelley’s Army—a.k.a. Coxey’s Army. This was a confederacy of out-of-work men who engaged in protests and lived off the charity of compassionate folk.
It’s a short book, only about 200 pages. In nine chapters it tells London’s story over this phase of his life. Sometimes it reads like a memoir, and sometimes it reads like a manual.
I’d highly recommend this book. It was readably written and fascinating. While it was written and published during first decade of the 20th century, it’s about the late 19th century—and, let’s face it, the 19th century got short shrift in our education because—except for the Civil War—it just wasn’t sexy. But London will intrigue you with stories of America’s dark underbelly.
Hopping trains and `holding her down' so as to get to the next stop where he could `stretch his legs' and beg for money or food hoping for a `set-down' (which is just cause to miss the next train out).
He tells of his stints in jail & how he and a bunch of other fellows ran their grift (scam... but what the government does to us everyday). What sort of grifts he was involved in came in many forms, not just those he'd admitted to while in jail.
He comes to tell how he received his `monica' (moniker) - Sailor Jack and how all of the other tramps generally received theirs.
Chock full of early 1900's ho-bo slang: Bulls = cops; gay-cats = late blooming ho-bos; road-kid = a youngling who rides the blinds, etc., etc. Makes for an interesting, sometimes confusing read. Yet, like all things once you begin to speak the authors language the meaning of the words change. Thereby to say 'I'm going to stretch my legs to find a place to pound my ear' translates to 'I'm going to walk a bit so that I can find a place to sleep'.
5-stars. Great recap of the life-styles of the broke-down and near hopeless.
This memoir was a prime inspiration for the hobo movie, "Emperor of the North", starring the lates Ernest Borgnine and Lee Marvin. And this narrative had many of the same kinds of cowardly and insincere newbies, as the one portrayed by Keith Carradine.
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The experiences of this book were made into the 1973 film, "Emperor of the North Pole", with Lee Marvin.