Travels with Charley: In Search of America (Penguin Modern Classics)

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In 1960, when he was almost sixty years old, John Steinbeck set out to rediscover his native land. He felt that he might have lost touch with its sights, sounds and the essence of its people. Accompanied only by his dog, Charley, he travelled all across the United States in a pick-up truck. His journey

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In 1960, when he was almost sixty years old, John Steinbeck set out to rediscover his native land.

He felt that he might have lost touch with its sights, sounds and the essence of its people. Accompanied only by his dog, Charley, he travelled all across the United States in a pick-up truck.

His journey took him through almost forty states, and he saw things that made him proud, angry, sympathetic and elated. All that he saw and experienced is described with remarkable honesty and insight.

Nobel Prize-winning author John Steinbeck is remembered as one of the greatest and best-loved American writers of the twentieth century. During the 1930s, his works included The Red Pony, Pastures of Heaven, Tortilla Flat, In Dubious Battle, and Of Mice and Men. The Grapes of Wrath, published in 1939, earned him a Pulitzer Prize. In 1962, he was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature.

In 1960, when he was almost sixty years old, John Steinbeck set out to rediscover his native land.

He felt that he might have lost touch with its sights, sounds and the essence of its people. Accompanied only by his dog, Charley, he travelled all across the United States in a pick-up truck.

His journey took him through almost forty states, and he saw things that made him proud, angry, sympathetic and elated. All that he saw and experienced is described with remarkable honesty and insight.

Nobel Prize-winning author John Steinbeck is remembered as one of the greatest and best-loved American writers of the twentieth century. During the 1930s, his works included The Red Pony, Pastures of Heaven, Tortilla Flat, In Dubious Battle, and Of Mice and Men. The Grapes of Wrath, published in 1939, earned him a Pulitzer Prize. In 1962, he was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature.

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Anonymous says:

Much more than a travel book A wonderful book that was recommended to me some time ago. I had not read any Steinbeck for years, but of course all the others had been novels.This is not only a fine book about his travels around many of the states in America, but it is also a history that can be viewed from two different perspectives. He is searching for the America of his youth from the viewpoint of a middle aged , mature and sceptical man looking back over the changes that happened during his life and has very mixed…

Anonymous says:

I read this book when I was very young and was told by my teacher it was a great book. Now I’m considerably older I’m British and not a particular dog fan so no bias on those counts. I read this book when I was very young and was told by my teacher it was a great book. Now I’m considerably older, on rereading it my teacher was wrong, it is a near masterpiece. Steinbeck’s observations are so beautifully recorded, I don’t care if it’s not the absolute truth of his trip. He writes things that stay with you forever. His idea that, “If I wanted to destroy a nation, I would give it too much and I would have…

Anonymous says:

Travails with my Anti- I have to be honest, I love John Steinbeck, I don’t care what nobody sez, notatall, those charges of casual racism or whatever over ‘Tortilla Flats’, those charges of sensationalism or whatever over ‘Grapes of Wrath’, whether or not ‘To A God Unknown’ or whatever that one was called is a bit mystical or esoteric or something, I really don’t care. No one could hope to touch him these days, not many those days, read ‘The Chrysanthemums’ and come back unaffected and I’ll put you down myself, read…

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