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Travels with Charley in Search of America Paperback – January 31, 1980
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In September 1960, John Steinbeck and his poodle, Charley, embarked on a journey across America. A picaresque tale, this chronicle of their trip meanders along scenic backroads and speeds along anonymous superhighways, moving from small towns to growing cities to glorious wilderness oases. Travels with Charley is animated by Steinbeck's attention to the specific details of the natural world and his sense of how the lives of people are intimately connected to the rhythms of nature - to weather, geography, the cycles of the seasons. His keen ear for the transactions among people is evident, too, as he records the interests and obsessions that preoccupy the Americans he encounters along the way. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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50 years after it appeared, it is becoming a window on America at the beginning of a pivotal time, which gives it a poignant feel, especially near the end. I've been to the Steinbeck Center and checked out the restored Rocinante as well as the great old GMC 3/4 ton truck it's mounted on...I'd have like to have looked through it at the end of the journey.
The Kindle edition I purchased is just fine: easily navigated, as ususal.
So, John Steinbeck needs so reignite his creative juices and decides to travel across the country with an old reliable friend,his poodle, Charlie.
It's a long trip and gets a bit boring here and there. The part that gave me good laugh was the time spent at Yellowstone and Charlie's reaction to the bears.
But I thought the entire book was really a lead in to the scene in the South, which was his witnessing of the beginning of the desegregation of the schools. It was disturbing and disheartening. His description of the tiny child trying to go to school and the screaming women hurling insults and racial slurs at the little girl is something I will long carry with me.
The book did make me want to take my own dog,Charlie with for me some travel of our own, nothing quite so ambitious,however.