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Travels with Charley In Search of AmericaA uest 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. 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 tal

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Rs 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. 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 st

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Travels with Charley In Search of America Read & download ñ 2 ☆ A uest 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 agAs he set out at the age of fifty eight to rediscover the country he had been writing about for so many yearsWith Charley his French poodle Steinbeck drives the interstates and the country roads dines with truckers encounters bea. 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