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Travels with Charley in Search of America
by John Steinbeck

Published: 1980-01-31
Paperback : 288 pages
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An intimate journey across America, as told by one of its most beloved writers
 
To 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 ...
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An intimate journey across America, as told by one of its most beloved writers
 
To 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.

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by bookbunny28 (see profile) 05/25/16

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  "Travels with Charley"by [email protected] (see profile) 08/16/17

Brief but poignant travelogue about America in 1960. Poetically written with language that elevates and uplifts. Steinbeck is prophetic in many of his observations.

 
by vaenget6 (see profile) 11/17/16

 
  "Travels with Charley"by bookbunny28 (see profile) 05/25/16

When published, Travels with Charley was hailed as a great work of travel writing. In recent years it has been determined that Steinbeck made a lot of the stories up. Still the first 2/3 of the book are... (read more)

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