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Ratings Want to read; Currently reading; Have read; This edition published in September by William Heinemann Ltd — pages A uest across America from the northernmost tip of Maine to California's Monterey Peninsula To hear the speech of the real America to smell the grass and the tress to see the colors and Travels with Charley | Article about Travels with Inspired by John Steinbeck's classic Travels with Charley author Peter Zheutlin took his pound rescue Lab mix Albie on a six week journey across America which he chronicles in The Dog Went Over the Mountain Travels with Albie An American Journey Pegasus John Steinbeck Travels with Charley in Search of Travels with Charley In Search of America Audiobook Free Thus he collected a really sincere undistorted sight of America I also really did not know Steinbeck really did not live long He died in at the age of Being well aware of the recent difficulties of the historic credibility of the works of the book I plunged into this travelogue with the same attraction of checking out Travels with Charley Steinbeck and Racism Travels with Charley Steinbeck and RacismIn his travelogue Travels with Charley In Search of America John Steinbeck recounts his trip across the United States with his French standard poodle Charley in a custom made camper The American writer’s determination to travel across the entire breadth of the American continent was an obvious indication of his search for America a usual Travels with Charley uotes by John Steinbeck ― John Steinbeck Travels with Charley In Search of America tags aging living well manhood likes Like “Strange how one person can saturate a room with vitality with excitement Then there are others and this dame was one of them who can drain off energy and joy can suck pleasure dry and get no sustenance from it Such people spread a grayness in the air about them Travels with Charley In Search of America Penguin Travels with Charley In Search of America Penguin Modern Classics Englisch Taschenbuch – Mrz von Mr John Steinbeck Autor Jay Parini Einleitung von Sternen Sternebewertungen Alle Formate und Ausgaben anzeigen Andere Formate und Ausgaben ausblenden Preis Neu ab Gebraucht ab Kindle Bitte wiederholen € — — Audible Hrbuch Ungekrzte Ausgabe Voyage avec Charley — Wikipdia Travels with Charley In Search of America est un rcit de voyage de l’crivain amricain John Steinbeck Il raconte le road trip de Steinbeck travers les tats Unis fr Travels with Charley John Steinbeck Livres Not Retrouvez Travels with Charley et des millions de livres en stock sur fr Achetez neuf ou d'occasion Travels with charley Poche John Steinbeck Achat Travels with charley John Steinbeck Mandarin Des milliers de livres avec la livraison chez vous en jour ou en magasin avec % de rduction Travels with Charley Wikipedia Travels with Charley In Search of America by John Travels with Charley book read reviews from the world's largest community for readers A uest across America from the northernmost tip of Maine Travels with Charley | Project Gutenberg Self PDF Travels with Charley In Search of America The first edition of the novel was published in and was written by John Steinbeck The book was published in multiple languages including English consists of pages and is available in Paperback format The main characters of this non fiction travel story are John Steinbeck Travels with Charley In Search of America Some of my favorite uotes from Travels with Charley I am very fortunate in having a wife who likes being a woman which means that she likes men not elderly babies For how can one know color in perpetual green and what good is warmth without cold to give it sweetness We value virtue but do not discuss it When I went away I had died and so became fixed and unchangeable My return Travels With Charley Plot Synopsis | Steinbeck in Les Raisins de la colre.


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  1. Jeffrey Keeten Jeffrey Keeten says:

    “I saw in their eyes something I was to see over and over in every part of the nation a burning desire to go to move to get under way anyplace away from any HERE They spoke uietly of how they wanted to go someday to move about free and unanchored not toward something but away from something I saw this look and heard this yearning everywhere in every states I visited Nearly every American hungers to move” The steedRocinanteJohn Steinbeck was not feeling very well before he decided to take a trip across country It wasn’t only physical but also a general malaise about the condition of the country and his own place in it Early in the book he makes a statement that reveals exactly his state of mind The words betray a clairvoyance of a near future that would catch up with him in 1968 “I have always lived violently drunk hugely eaten too much or not at all slept around the clock or missed two nights of sleeping worked too hard and too long in glory or slobbed for a time in utter laziness I've lifted pulled chopped climbed made love with joy and taken my hangovers as a conseuence not as a punishment”Okay that is the life philosophy that he has tried to live by but it is what he says next that shows that he is feeling the tight grip of his impending demise ”My wife married a man; I saw no reason why she should inherit a baby I knew that ten or twelve thousand miles driving a truck alone and unattended over every kind of road would be hard work but to me it represented the antidote for the poison of the professional sick man And in my own life I am not willing to trade uality for uantity If this projected journey should prove too much then it was time to go anyway I see too many men delay their exits with a sickly slow reluctance to leave the stage It’s bad theater as well as bad living I am very fortunate in having a wife who likes being a woman which means that she likes men not elderly babies Although this last foundation for the journey was never discussed I am sure she understood it” Steinbeck lighting up the coffin nails that would eventually kill him with the wife he had a hard time leaving behindSo he is on a heroic uest He even found the loyal steed to carry him from place to place He named her Rocinante after the horse in Don uixote as if he’d already decided before starting that for most of the journey he was going to be tilting at windmills Bill Steigerwald former journalist in 2010 decided to unravel the murky twisting road of Steinbeck’s trip by following in his tire tracks Instead of a GMC pickup specially made with a deluxe cabin Steigerwald took his Toyota Rav4 and slept in Walmart parking lots and used car lots His goal was to try to part the curtain of pure mythology and actually determine where and what Steinbeck did There are discrepancies There are holes in Steinbeck’slets call it a taleso large that you could have driven Rocinante pulling the Empire State building through these gaps and still had clearance on both sides Bill Barich wrote in his book “Long Way Home On the Trail of Steinbeck’s America” “Steinbeck was extremely depressed in really bad health and was discouraged by everyone from making the trip He was trying to recapture his youth the spirit of the knight errant But at that point he was probably incapable of interviewing ordinary people He’d become a celebrity and was interested in talking to Dag Hammarskjold and Adlai Stevenson”So the thinking is that instead of this solo trip where he has cut all ties to the comforts of his life and is out among the people pressing the flesh and writing down his observations of real America that Travels with Charley is actually a tall tale The truth is for most of the trip he was in luxury hotels motels and only camping in Rocinante occasionally The writing well crap he is a novelist He was not spinning most of it out of whole cloth but pretty close The original manuscript I’m told has his wife Elaine as a companion through much of the trip than what he admits in the book In the story he has her flying out to Chicago as an emergency care package dropping in to give solace to the weary traveler I do find it sweet how attached to his wife he is He had a hard time leaving her and I’m sure at some point the decision was made that if this trip is going to be any kind of success at all that he needed the care and comfort of his wife along the way The book doesn’t have the same ring to it as Travels with Charley and Elaine But let’s talk about Charley ”I took one companion on my journey an old French gentleman poodle known as Charley Actually his name is Charles le Chien He was born in Bercy on the outskirts of Paris and trained in France and while he knows a little poodle English he responds uickly only to commands in French Otherwise he has to translate and that slows him down He is a very big poodle of a color called bleu and he is blue when he is clean Charley is a born diplomat He prefers negotiation to fighting and properly so since he is very bad at fighting” Charles le Chien and the authorWe learn that Charley has crooked front teeth that he makes a Ptth sound through whenever he reuires Steinbeck’s attention or as a form of general commentary on the state of affairs He mutters to himself when agitated and he does have a prostate issue on the trip that reuired emergency veterinarian help Unexpected he turns into a demon dog when he catches a whiff of bear in Yellowstone As Steinbeck refers to him as his suddenly ”Jekyll Headed Dog” He proves to be a source of comfort to Steinbeck when the blues which were never far away would descend upon him “A sad soul can kill you uicker far uicker than a germ”The most depressing moment in the trip is when Steinbeck stops in New Orleans to go see “the cheerleaders” and to experience first hand the hatred that was blooming over desegregation of schools ”These blowzy women with their little hats and their clippings hungered for attention They wanted to be admired They simpered in happy almost innocent triumph when they were applauded Theirs was the demented cruelty of egocentric children and somehow this made their insensate beastliness much heartbreaking These were not mothers not even women They were crazy actors playing to a crazy audience”These were young white working mothers who every day stood in front of the schools and screamed the most ”bestial and filthy and degenerate” words at little black girls trying to go to school Ruby Bridges one of four little black girls that had to be escorted to school by US MarshallsMost white parents pulled their kids out of the schools but those brave souls that tried to take their kids to school were met with the same vile language and threats Soon the black girls were the only ones in the two schools It makes me nauseous every time I see footage from this event One of my favorite parts of the book was Steinbeck’s time among the Redwoods “The redwoods once seen leave a mark or create a vision that stays with you always No one has ever successfully painted or photographed a redwood tree The feeling they produce is not transferable From them comes silence and awe It's not only their unbelievable stature nor the color which seems to shift and vary under your eyes no they are not like any trees we know they are ambassadors from another time” If you have never seen them make sure that on any trip to California that you take the time to go walk among giants These trees are over a thousand years old and over 95% of the original old growth have been logged for their excellent timber They are the oldest living things on the planet How baffling it must be to entities that are time capsules of the activities of the planet to find themselves being destroyed by these ants on the surface of the earth who with bits of sharp steel can wipe out a 1000 years of life within moments It shakes the soul to contemplate So let us believe that most of this book is fabrication that Steinbeck poured himself a cup of coffee liberally laced with Applejack and typed up a series of events that never uite happened He could throw in a few observations about an America that he didn’t have to stray far from home to determine “American cities are like badger holes ringed with trash all of them surrounded by piles of wrecked and rusting automobiles and almost smothered in rubbish Everything we use comes in boxes cartons bins the so called packaging we love so much The mountain of things we throw away are much greater than the things we use” He could disguise his guile with such pithy remarks as ”I cannot commend this account as an America that you will find So much there is to see but our morning eyes describe a different world than do our afternoon eyes and surely our wearied evening eyes can report only a weary evening world”I’ve taken trips with people that when we arrive back home you would think from comparing their memories to mine that we went to the same place but possibly in a parallel universe I feel the same way sometimes when I read a review of a person who read a book I liked I feel as if we had read two different books It is because we did My view of life is different from everyone else’s and so is yours We have different experiences We bring those experiences to traveling to reading to conversations and the whole kaleidoscope of it all colors our memories Regardless of the level of truth that this book represents I was able to spend 246 pages with the man John Steinbeck No biographer can ignore the personal philosophies that sprinkle the pages of this book This is a weary soul that still occasionally finds moments of brightness He is not a note taker because he confessed he generally loses them anyway He lets what he sees percolate through the stratosphere to the core of his brain until the purest of thoughts lands on his tongue Some of his “observations” were gems some feel wooden and maybe needed the deft touch of a healthier man I took his journey maybe not the physical one he presents but the journey of the mind of a writer trying to share a few last thoughts with the readers he felt destined to loseIf you wish to see of my most recent book and movie reviews visit also have a Facebook blogger page at


  2. karen karen says:

    dude steinbeck is so much better than kerouacand i know that is a totally obvious statement but if i want to read a story about a man traveling across america and describing his findings it is going to be a man with a varied vocabulary a keen eye for detail and some powers of interpreting his experiences john i am listeningthis is my first nonfiction from steinbeck and i am impressed with how conversational it reads he has a real skill in making his experiences near visible to the readerin both his physical descriptions and his musings about what an american is i feel like he would be a fantastic road trip companion and i envy charleyand that is another thing when it comes to dogs i am completely breed ist there are dogs that i love and then there are dogs i think should be banned from breeding so i don't have to see them ever again poodles are among these breeds they are the silliest of all dogs and how a man's man like steinbeck could travel across the country with one of them baffles me this is not a dog it is an aberrationbut for steinbeck's sake i can read about a poodle for a little while and it is sweet how they bond with each other but i still think they are ugly and not real dogssteinbeck misses out on an investment opportunity if i were a good businessman and cared a tittle for my unborn great grandchildren which i do not i would gather all the junk and the wrecked automobiles comb the city dumps and pile these gleanings in mountains and spray the whole thing with that stuff the navy uses to mothball ships at the end of a hundred years my descendants would be permitted to open this treasure trove and would be the antiue kings of the world if the battered cracked and broken stuff our ancestors tried to get rid of now brings so much money think what a 1954 oldsmobile or a 1960 toastmaster will bring and a vintage waring mixer lord the possibilities are endless things we have to pay to have hauled away could bring fortunesof course he is being facetious here but i for one would kill for some vintage appliances in another life in a better apartment i would have a fantastic kitchen filled with these old timey kitchen things and i curse steinbeck for not giving a tittlesteinbeck does not get sucked into revisionist nostalgia even while i protest the assembly line production of our food our songs our language and eventually our souls i know that it was a rare home that baked good bread in the old days mother's cooking was with rare exceptions poor that good unpasteurized milk touched only by flies and bits of manure crawled with bacteria the healthy old time life was riddled with aches sudden death from unknown causes and that sweet local speech i mourn was the child of illiteracy and ignorance it is the nature of a man as he grows older a small bridge in time to protest against change particularly change for the better but it is true that we have exchanged corpulence for starvation and either one will kill us i am so glad my real world book club finally chose something i can review on here instead of just a short story or an essay or a poemand this time i will have something to add they are all european intellectual types with their tales of berlin and ukraine and their war stories as both witness and participant and i just sit there and drink my wine and play the role of very good young listener thank you steinbeck for giving america some street cred and fodder for booktalkscome to my blog


  3. Lori Lori says:

    I usually enjoy fiction but a mite cheated when I learn that a travelogue isn't I'm sure some people enjoy the writing regardless of the misleading content Steinbeck never went to some of the places in the book he made up the folks that he never met and the hotels and resorts he and his wife stayed in are a bit luxurious than the camper top on his GMC pick up On the plus side he did purchase a pick up truck and add a camper top to it His wife did have a poodle named Charley


  4. Matthew Matthew says:

    4 to 45 starsIt seems like lately I have been reading a lot of books about road trips This is just fine with me as I love the open road Getting some perspective on others' experiences on the highway combines road trips with my other favorite hobby reading of courseTravels With Charlie is mid 20th century America in the words of one of the most American authors that ever was Just a truck a dog and the open road It is poetic and beautiful It is dark and mysterious It funny and infuriating Don't go in expecting a smooth ride because 1960s America was full of pot holes and speed trapsSteinbeck is viewing post WWII America before new technology takes over and shrinks the country down When each region still each had a strong uniue mystiue of their own Where prejudices still ran high in some places if you were not a local or not the right color and yes I know this is still an issue today but what Steinbeck describes is extreme And when vending machines at rest stops could still blow Steinbeck's mind as the most cutting edge retail technology He pulls no punches when it comes to telling the reader how much he loved or loathed his experiences Because of this some people may have a hard time reading this without getting upsetI think works like this are so important We have plenty of books preserving information on major historical events but day to day life needs it's time in the sun as well To be able to read something like this about life in my country around the time my parents were teenagers has the potential to impact me a lot than learning about the major news events of the time period I am not sure how much an impact this book might have on non Americans but I think everyone who grew up in the United States will be captivated


  5. Elyse Walters Elyse Walters says:

    Audiobook narrated by the wonderful Gary SiniseWow Okay I am fully satisfied This book calmed the anxiousness of my mind and really moved me While listening to Gary Sinise read John Steinbeck’s bookGary’s voice was a perfect match for Steinbeck I was aware of how grateful this ‘book companion’ was warming my heartthanks to our Public libraryoverdriveIt was just what I neededSteinbeck’s cross country road trip companion—his loyal French immigrant poodle was named CharleySteinbeck Charley set out to reconnect with people from all walks of life in Americaduring the 1960’s Steinbeck never used his real name so he could be an ordinary old chum without any ‘aw’ concerns to deal with Given Steinbeck wrote many books about America— he was ready to explore intimately What better way to experience the country than with a faithful dog and a reliable working RV? Honestly traveling in an RV has never been my desire—but with days like these—it’s sounds rather nice Also having visited the Steinbeck museum and his house in Salinas several times I can easily visualize the truck photos and paraphernalia displays from his journey adventures It’s been 4 weeks of house bound for those of us living in the SFBay area—longer and short times for others across the globe— due to the social distancing coronavirus lifestyle and a Nationwide road trip touched on the freedom than I can ‘almost’ remember I was happy to travel with Steinbeck on his adventures across America and dream a little myself What was so fascinating to me was reading about this great author’s awareness of needing to replenish his own ‘America appreciation tank’ I mean — isn’t that something many of us American’s are itching to do ourselves these days? Refill our American appreciation tanks? Steinbeck was one of the greatest American authors His writing was masterful and elouent ”Travels With Charley in Search of America crossing state lineswas absolutely witty wonderful fabulous descriptions imagery from New York to California and back againunforgettable charming funny and grumping characters The dialogue was hilarious at times It was also heartbreaking when faced with racial issues in the South While hibernating here at home in my own little world during these tempestuous and down right scary unsettling times I was reminded that we ‘are’ UNITED states Steinbeck said it clearly “I admire all nations and hate all governments”


  6. PorshaJo PorshaJo says:

    Loved it A favorite of the year For years I wanted to read this one Always interested in hearing about people and their travels But to be honest wasn't sure I was a Steinbeck fan Read his big ones earlier and just kinda eh not my thing I got this one a few times for the library and would return thinking he's probably not for me But something this time pushed me and I started in still being a naysayer not for me but I was soon sucked into the story and just didn't want it to endIn the 1960's Steinbeck decides he wants to travel the states meet people talk with them and just learn about his surroundings He gets his wheels where he sleeps and dines which he names Rocinante and brings along his travelling companion Charley His French poodle who freuently says 'ffftt' to him and gets his meaning across Steinbeck travels and meets many different types of people or characters telling you the story the interactions and all about what he sees as he travels all over the place Who doesn't love a travel story of someone just getting in their car taking the dog and travelling the open roadI grabbed the audio and LOVED IT Gary Sinise narrated and it was awesome and he added so much to it Would it had been a 5 star for me without the narrationreally can't say as the two were just a perfect marriage I enjoyed the story and would love to read it again in print But it was one of the better narrations I've listened to In my overall top 5 ever I will have to say Steinbeck's observations in the 60's are sometime relevant now funny how things don't change but also towards the end think might be an issue for what is going on in the world these days But if you want a good story hear about the open road and want to be drawn into an amazing narrationI highly suggest this one I'm off to look for another Steinbeck Maybe he is for me now


  7. Diane Diane says:

    I first read this book in high school and it's what made me fall in love with travelogues In 1960 John Steinbeck drove a small camper around the United States with his dog Charley He wrote that he wanted to get to know his country again to learn about this new America For many years I have traveled in many parts of the world In America I live in New York or dip into Chicago or San Francisco But New York is no America than Paris is France or London is England Thus I discovered that I did not know my own country I an American writer writing about America was working from memory and the memory is at best a faulty warpy reservoir I had not heard the speech of America smelled the grass and trees and sewage seen its hills and water its color and uality of light I knew the changes only from books and newspapers But than this I had not felt the country for twenty five years In short I was writing of something I did not know about and it seems to me that in a so called writer this is criminal My memories were distorted by twenty five intervening yearsTravels with Charley was published in 1962 and Steinbeck who had been in poor health died just six years laterI remember loving this book I loved Steinbeck's stories about the people he met and the places he visited and even the details of how he organized the camper and his trip I have recommended this book to countless friends over the years gushing about how good it wasSo you can imagine my UTTER HEARTBREAK because I found out that parts of the story were fabricated or fictionalized Reporters have verified that some details in the narrative could not have been true and that Steinbeck made up a lot of the conversations he supposedly had with people along the road This news first broke in 2011 but I didn't learn it until I saw it mentioned in John Waters' book about hitchhiking CarsickWhen the 50th anniversary edition of Travels with Charley was published in 2012 it came with a disclaimer Indeed it would be a mistake to take this travelogue too literally as Steinbeck was at heart a novelist and he added countless touches – changing the seuence of events elaborating on scenes inventing dialogue – that one associates with fiction than nonfictionSo here is my conundrum Knowing that parts of it have been fictionalized should I continue to recommend it to others? If the book is as good as I remember doesn't that outweigh its dubious origin?Or I could just live in denial and remember the joy I felt when I first read itUpdate June 2014I was so upset to learn that Steinbeck had embellished his stories that I decided to reread the book to see how it holds up It was great It was glorious I will even say that I think it's one of the best travelogues written about America ever Travels with Charley is beautifully written it is so uotable and insightful that I had dozens of pages marked It would be pleasant to be able to say of my travels with Charley 'I went out to find the truth about my country and I found it' And then it would be such a simple matter to set down my findings and lean back comfortably with a fine sense of having discovered truths and taught them to my readers I wish it were that easy This monster of a land this mightiest of nations this spawn of the future turns out to be the macrocosm of microcosm me If an Englishman or a Frenchman or an Italian should travel my route see what I saw hear what I heard their stored pictures would be not only different from mine but eually different from one another If other Americans reading this account should feel it true that agreement would only mean that we are alike in our Americanness For all of our enormous geographic range for all of our sectionalism for all of our interwoven breeds drawn from every part of the ethnic world we are a nation a new breed Americans are much American than they are Northerns Southerners Westerners or Easterners The American identity is an exact and provable thingBecause it had been criticized by modern reporters on this reread I paid attention to Steinbecks' conversations with folks around the country and yes the dialogue was so smooth and concise that it had to have been finessed But after considering the issue I've relaxed on this point because I bet every writer does that Every writer is going to streamline speech so that it reads well Steinbeck even talks about writers who can uickly take measure of a placeI've always admired those reporters who can descend on an area talk to key people ask key uestions take samplings of opinions and then set down an orderly report very like a road map I envy this techniue and at the same time do not trust it as a mirror of reality I feel that there are too many realities What I set down here is true until someone else passes that way and rearranges the world in his own style I do think Steinbeck got at the spirit of what was going on in America in 1960 it was a big election year between Kennedy and Nixon; racial tensions were high in the South because schools had been desegregated; and there was heightened anxiety about Russia and the threat of the atomic bomb He even wrote about environmentalism and his concerns for how much waste America was producing and he contemplated how the new cross country interstate system would change the country The guy was prescient I tell youSome of my favorite parts were when Steinbeck tried to cross into Canada with his dog and ran into a bureaucratic snafu regarding Charley's vaccination paperwork very amusing; a warm conversation he had with a family of immigrants while they shared a drink in his camper; and when he drove through a forest of massive Redwood trees out WestThe redwoods once seen leave a mark or create a vision that stays with you always No one has ever successfully painted or photographed a redwood tree The feeling they produce is not transferable From them comes silence and awe It's not only their unbelievable stature nor the color which seems to shift and vary under your eyes no they are not like any trees we know they are ambassadors from another time They have the mystery of ferns that disappeared a million years ago into the coal of the carboniferous era They carry their own light and shade The vainest most slap happy and irreverent of men in the presence of redwoods goes under a spell of wonder and respectAnother theme Steinbeck returns to often is the wanderlust that seems to pervade Americans everywhere He mentions how many families had started buying mobile homes so they can move freely about and how many others gazed at his camper and said they wished they could travel across the country I saw in their eyes something I was to see over and over in every part of the nation a burning desire to go to move to get under way anyplace away from any Here They spoke uietly of how they wanted to go someday to move about free and unanchored not toward something but away from something I saw this look and heard this yearning everywhere in every state I visited Nearly every American hungers to moveI so enjoyed rereading this book that I will definitely continue to recommend it to friends I even upgraded my original 4 star rating to 5 because of how gorgeous Steinbeck's writing was I just wish I could give Charley a biscuit and a belly rub for being such a good traveling companion


  8. Will Byrnes Will Byrnes says:

    John Steinbeck put a house on a pickup left the wife behind in their Long Island home and traveled the nation for several months This is his tale of that experience I found many uotables here and I guess one should expect that when the traveler’s name is Steinbeck In a book of about two hundred pages one can hardly expect a detailed look at all of America Steinbeck picks his spots Sometimes they work sometimes not It was of necessity merely a sketch of some parts of the country But some of those sketches should hang in the Louvres Two in particular grabbed me His description of “The Cheerleaders” a group of women who gathered every day at a newly integrated southern elementary school to taunt and threaten the black kids and Steinbeck’s look at the culture surrounding that was chilling a close portrait of an incendiary place at an incendiary time and is alone a reason to read this book The other was his depiction of a redwood forest in northern California where the massive trees alter dawn and blot out the night sky Steinbeck and Charley from the NY TimesThe subtitle of the book is “In Search of America” What travel books are really about particularly when undertaken by a literary person is self discovery It works the same as in literature The road the uest the journey all exist in an interior landscape and lead to an inner destination I did not feel that this was much at work here and was disappointed Steinbeck kept his eyes on the external road Sometimes his snapshots of early 1960s America were uninteresting Sometimes they were compelling The compelling parts made the trip one worth taking EXTRA STUFFApparently there is some thought that not all the material in this book was actuallyumreal GR friend Jim sent along a link to a site by a guy named Bill Steigerwald who writes about Steinbeck Looks like he did a fair bit of research and concluded that Steinbeck's journey may have been of an internal one than we believed check it out


  9. Kim Kim says:

    In 1960 when John Steinbeck was 58 years old ill with the heart disease which was to kill him eight years later and rather discontented with life he decided to embark on a road trip around the United States in a fitted out pick up truck accompanied by his standard French poodle Charley Steinbeck’s plan was to re connect with the America which had informed his fiction and to assess how much it had changed over the years This book is the result of that trip part memoir part travelogue part philosophical treatise and part fiction Just how much of the narrative is fiction rather than fact has been the subject of investigation and discussion in recent years much of it instigated by the work of journalist Bill Steigerwald who recreated Steinbeck’s trip and exposed what he argues to be the fallacies in the narrative This article in the New York Times summarises Steigerwald’s findings and typing Steigerwald’s name into any reliable search engine will locate a range of Steigerwald’s writings on the issue as well as some responses to his position on the book While I've read Steigerwald’s conclusions about Steinbeck’s journey with interest it matters little to me that the work has been edited in such a way as to make it look like Steinbeck and Charley were travelling alone almost all the time whereas Steinbeck’s original manuscript held at the Morgan Library Museum in New York City shows that Steinbeck’s wife Elaine was with him for much of the time and that he probably spent than half the nights he was away sleeping in hotels rather than in the truck Likewise it matters little to me that Steinbeck’s reported conversations with people he meets on the way are fiction rather than reportage In relation to this the fact that Steinbeck preserved and then donated his manuscript indicates that he was not concerned that readers might discover that there was or possibly less to the journey than appears in the book Further the narrative itself is full of disclaimers Steinbeck does not claim that the book is a day by day diary style account of his journey Rather what he conveys is a range of impressions on a number of topics some insights into issues he considered important and some at times painful self reflection all conveyed in Steinbeck’s powerful yet accessible prose On some matters Steinbeck was ahead of his time For example what he wrote about the destruction of the environment and the overuse of packaging products “The mountain of things we throw away are much greater than the things we use” expressed what I doubt was a matter of widespread public concern as early as 1960 Other parts of the narrative are much personal Steinbeck’s encounter with old Latino drinking buddies in a bar in Monterey is particularly poignant As Steinbeck’s friend tries to persuade the New York resident to come “home” Steinbeck names all of their friends who have died and concludes that Thomas Wolfe was right “You can't go home again because home has ceased to exist except in the mothballs of memoryPossibly the most powerful incident in the book is Steinbeck’s witnessing of the “cheerleaders” in New Orleans – a group of women who stood across the street from William Frantz Elementary school and yelled obscenities at Ruby Bridges the first black child to attend the all white school and at the few white parents who did not comply with the white boycott of the school Ruby who had started at the school only a week or two before Steinbeck was in New Orleans was escorted to school by federal marshalls Her ordeal is recorded in this painting by Norman Rockwell Shortly after witnessing the behaviour of the cheerleaders Steinbeck decided to cut his journey short and head straight back to New York City The narrative gives the strong impression that the incident left him heart sick and distressed Overall whatever may be this book’s shortcomings as a piece of travel reportage it's a moving and engaging piece of writing Steinbeck had become rather a cranky old man by the time he embarked on the journey and was an even crankier old man by time he finished it He was certainly no longer the novelist at the peak of his powers But there’s still passion warmth and humour in his words and plenty for the reader who loves Steinbeck’s writing to engage with And there's Charley Charley is wonderful


  10. Cheri Cheri says:

    My father bought me this book when I was probably about eight years old and I read it uickly and fell in love with it One day now that I've thought of it probably sooner than later I'll reread it but for now I'm content believing I would still find it a good read


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