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Travels with Charley: In Search of America

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  • Travels with Charley: In Search of America (Penguin Classics) – Mass-market paperback (2001)
    by John Steinbeck, Jay Parini, Ph.D. (Introduction by)

    Travels with Charley: In Search of America

    Mass-market paperback, Penguin Classics
    2001
    English
    240 pages

    ISBN: 0141186100
    ISBN-13: 9780141186108

    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 a pick-up truck. This "Penguin Classics" edition of "Travels with Charley" includes an introduction by Jay Parini. When he was almost sixty years old, worried that he might have lost touch with the sights, the sounds and the essence of America's people, Steinbeck took note of his itchy feet and prepared to travel. He was accompanied by his French poodle, Charley, diplomat and ... Show more

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Reviews of Travels with Charley: In Search of America

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bookworm

Delightful

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.

rejoyce

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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