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Travels With Max: In Search of Steinbeck's America Fifty Years Later Paperback – July 29, 2010
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Gregory Zeigler, a career educator, has served as an English and drama teacher and headmaster at several independent schools. He is the author of The Straw That Broke, an environmental mystery. Zeigler resides with his wife, Dimmie, in Jackson, Wyoming.
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I am a dog lover, since toddlerhood. I thought Max was probably under utilized for the story. But his affection for his little buddy was evident.
I agree with the author and Steinbeck that the country was as each described it, until someone else sees it. And like Steinbeck, after Louisiana, the author pretty much had seen all the "democracy" he needed to see. It wasn't Louisiana, it was time and distance.
I would say this to any "liberal" trying to aggregate his odyssey with his political philosophy. Please recognize that the travel is designed to enlighten not to convert the reader. One amazing inconsonance was the author's pity for the Nez Perce, having been denied treaty rights by an expedient government "in the day", yet his uncritical acceptance of contemporary government promised altruism. He, after all, by dint of age is close to testing the hypothesis of "death panels", rationing by another name by a government no less expedient than that which told Chief Joseph "just kidding": it was not a treaty but more a statement of opportune intentions.
Buy the book, enjoy the travels, ignore the political bent.
He tries to follow the authors route and compare reactions to the Charley journey 50 years ago. Ziegler is a solid writer tho there is some repetition as he makes his way cross country.
In commemoration of that event, Greg Zeigler decided to retrace Steinbeck's route and see for himself if and how America has changed in 2010...fifty years later.
In 1962 my Dad packed up the car with seven kids and traveled from New England to Arizona for Mom's health. I remember that trip. I was twelve at the time. Traveling the highways and byways of America. It was exciting! People were very gracious everywhere...going that extra mile.
With today's high speed interstates, internet, interfacing, intertwittering, intertweeting and whatnot, I believe society has changed a bit. Yes, you can still drop in the local coffee shop, barber shop or gas station and have a meaningful conversation. But what are most folks doing every time you turn around? Texting!
Modern day culture, with its advanced and highly developed technology has twisted and funneled some of us into ill-mannered, self-centered individuals. That's sad. When one does encounter friendly and considerate folks, it is a positive aspect.
Thank goodness good people still exist though...whether small towns or big cities...I just wonder for how long!
An enjoyable read and noble quest. Think I'll load up the camper and go for a road trip!
It was also a pleasure to read Zeigler's account of his adventures in his new book, Travels with Max. I can see how TWC inspired Mr. Zeigler. When I found time years ago, I retraced part of Steinbeck's journey from Sag Harbor throughout New England. I did find the mysterious cafe and cottages Steinbeck mentioned about in TWC, on the bank of the Connecticut River, just outside Lancaster,NH on Route 2. Unfortunately, it's a modern gas station/convenience store now. The old iron bridge was still standing when I was there however.
Anyway, if you liked TWC, you will like Zeigler's new adventure book, TWM. Pick up a copy!