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Travels with Charley: In Search of America


In 1960, John Steinbeck set out to rediscover and document his native land; accompanied only by his dog, he travelled all across the United States in ... Show synopsis

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by bookworm on Jul 18, 2013

This is the sweetest book I've read in a long time. It's certainly a must read for anyone who loves people and dogs.


Biblical Simplicities

by rejoyce on Aug 15, 2007

In Travels with Charley, John Steinbeck manages to be wise about so many things: Americans and the American landscape, being male, aging, hunting, the national impulse to "go" (that is, wanderlust and mobility), migratory workers (the subject of his great novel Grapes of Wrath), New Englanders' taciturn character, the madness of nuclear terror. Like Hemingway, Steinbeck had achieved mastery over what he knew, but his prose style lacks the artifice of a Faulkner or Hemingway. He is more easily engaging and accessible. If some Eastern critics were dismissive of his "Biblical simplicities," to quote Norman Mailer, the following question might be asked: Need all 20th century American novelists be as tortured as those two self-conscious stylists? Besides, my guess is that John Steinbeck would've made a more companionable tour guide than either Papa, F. Scott or Big Daddy Faulkner. His book proves it. A wonderful and prescient journey into the heart of a lost America.

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