Travels with Charley: In Search of America

Travels with Charley: In Search of AmericaA Quest Across America, From The Northernmost Tip Of Maine To California S Monterey PeninsulaTo Hear The Speech Of The Real America, To Smell The Grass And The Trees, To See The Colors And The Light These Were John Steinbeck S Goals As He Set Out, At The Age Of Fifty Eight, To Rediscover The Country He Had Been Writing About For So Many Years.With Charley, His French Poodle, Steinbeck Drives The Interstates And The Country Roads, Dines With Truckers, Encounters Bears At Yellowstone And Old Friends In San Francisco Along The Way He Reflects On The American Character, Racial Hostility, The Particular Form Of American Loneliness He Finds Almost Everywhere, And The Unexpected Kindness Of Strangers. 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 quietly 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 steedRocinante John 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 consequence, 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 s
dude, steinbeck is so much better than kerouac.and 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 reader,in 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 charley.and 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 aberration but, 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 dogs.steinbeck misse
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 resor
4 to 4.5 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 course Travels 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 traps Steinbeck is viewing post WWII America before new technology takes over and shrinks the country down When each region still each had a strong unique mystique 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 thi
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 quotables 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
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 quality 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 years Travels with Charley was published in 1962, and Steinbeck, who had been in poor health, died just six years later.I remember loving
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
My father bought me this book when I was probably about eight years old, and I read it quickly 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. Goddamn it I ve driven coast to coast across the U.S fives times already and yet, thanks to Travels with Charley I m ready to go again During the mid century period, discovering America and or oneself through the medium of the road trip came into vogue While other prominent authors, such as Kerouac and Thompson, were publishing their own, heralded versions, I prefer Steinbeck s It lacks the hedonism of the others and I love him for that And further, these journals often get offtrack, forgetting the road for some favored topic that the writer expounds upon until it becomes a journey of its own and the original path fades from memory Steinbeck veers off now and then, but it s always for a good cause and it never lasts too long Here s a few of my personal favorite highlights from his trip Charley Before I began I had no idea who this Charley was, but he s a lovable guy and he made the whole thing all the enjoyable to read o I love Steinbeck s super sleuthing in the Chicago hotel room, where he adeptly pieces together a clandestine romance in a way that would impress Sherlock Holmes The book gets extra marks for a visit, description and kind words for Deer Isle, Maine, where from my grandmother s kin hail O Discovering that what I thought were imagined characters outrageously colorful characters from his novel Tortilla Flat were actually real people.While Grapes of Wrath will go down as a lasting work of genius, it carries with it the weight
In Travels with Charley In Search of America, John Steinbeck provides an entertaining and wry account of his observations as he road trips with his poodle in what essentially becomes his house on wheels, Rocinante I m a big fan of Steinbeck s work I really like what I see as his sympathetic treatment of quirky and damaged characters in novels like Cannery Row and Tortilla Flats I also remember enjoying Travels with Charley at least the few chapters of it which I read while I was in high school That said, despite frequent protestations that he wasn t upset about changes progress, I was irritated both by Steinbeck s defensiveness and by all the time he spent complaining about change I did like Steinbeck s assessment of Americans as a people on the move, but I didn t see him building toward anything in this travelogue I k

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  • Mass Market Paperback
  • 277 pages
  • Travels with Charley: In Search of America
  • John Steinbeck
  • English
  • 09 December 2018
  • 9780140053203