Travels with Charley



Travels with Charley An Intimate Journey Across And In Search Of America, As Told By One Of Its Most Beloved Writers, In A Deluxe Centennial Edition In September 1960, John Steinbeck Embarked On A Journey Across America He Felt That He Might Have Lost Touch With The Country, With Its Speech, The Smell Of Its Grass And Trees, Its Color And Quality Of Light, The Pulse Of Its People To Reassure Himself, He Set Out On A Voyage Of Rediscovery Of The American Identity, Accompanied By A Distinguished French Poodle Named Charley And Riding In A Three Quarter Ton Pickup Truck Named Rocinante His Course Took Him Through Almost Forty States Northward From Long Island To Maine Through The Midwest To Chicago Onward By Way Of Minnesota, North Dakota, Montana With Which He Fell In Love , And Idaho To Seattle, South To San Francisco And His Birthplace, Salinas Eastward Through The Mojave, New Mexico, Arizona, To The Vast Hospitality Of Texas, To New Orleans And A Shocking Drama Of Desegregation Finally, On The Last Leg, Through Alabama, Virginia, Pennsylvania, And New Jersey To New York Travels With Charley In Search Of America Is An Intimate Look At One Of America S Most Beloved Writers In The Later Years Of His Life A Self Portrait Of A Man Who Never Wrote An Explicit Autobiography Written During A Time Of Upheaval And Racial Tension In The South Which Steinbeck Witnessed Firsthand Travels With Charley Is A Stunning Evocation Of America On The Eve Of A Tumultuous Decade.

John Steinbeck III was an American writer He wrote the Pulitzer Prize winning novel The Grapes of Wrath, published in 1939 and the novella Of Mice and Men, published in 1937 In all, he wrote twenty five books, including sixteen novels, six non fiction books and several collections of short stories In 1962 Steinbeck received the Nobel Prize for Literature.Steinbeck grew up in the Salinas Valley John Steinbeck III was an American writer He wrote the Pulitzer Prize winning novel The Grapes of Wrath, published in 1939 and the novella Of Mice and Men, published in 1937 In all, he wrote twenty five books, including sixteen novels, six non fiction books and several collections of short stories In 1962 Steinbeck received the Nobel Prize for Literature.Steinbeck grew up in the Salinas Valley region of California, a culturally diverse place of rich migratory and immigrant history This upbringing imparted a regionalistic flavor to his writing, giving many of his works a distinct sense of place Steinbeck moved briefly to New York City, but soon returned home to California to begin his career as a writer Most of his earlier work dealt with subjects familiar to him from his formative years An exception was his first novel Cup of Gold which concerns the pirate Henry Morgan, whose adventures had captured Steinbeck s imagination as a child.In his subsequent novels, Steinbeck found aauthentic voice by drawing upon direct memories of his life in California Later he used real historical conditions and events in the first half of 20th century America, which he had experienced first hand as a reporter Steinbeck often populated his stories with struggling characters his works examined the lives of the working class and migrant workers during the Dust Bowl and the Great Depression His later body of work reflected his wide range of interests, including marine biology, politics, religion, history, and mythology One of his last published works was Travels with Charley, a travelogue of a road trip he took in 1960 to rediscover America He died in 1968 in New York of a heart attack and his ashes are interred in Salinas.Seventeen of his works, including The Grapes of Wrath 1940 , Cannery Row 1945 , The Pearl 1947 , and East of Eden 1952 , went on to become Hollywood films, and Steinbeck also achieved success as a Hollywood writer, receiving an Academy Award nomination for Best Story in 1944 for Alfred Hitchcock s Lifeboat

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  • Paperback
  • 214 pages
  • Travels with Charley
  • John Steinbeck
  • English
  • 28 February 2017
  • 0142000701

10 thoughts on “Travels with Charley

  1. Jeffrey Keeten says:

    I saw in their eyes something I was to see over and over in every part of the nation a burning desire to go, to move, to get under way, anyplace, away from any HERE They spoke quietly of how they wanted to go someday, to move about, free and unanchored, not toward something but away from something I saw this look and heard this yearning everywhere in every states I visited Nearly every American hungers to move The steedRocinante John Steinbeck was not feeling very well before he decide I saw in their eyes something I was to see over and over in every part of the nation a burning desire to go, to move, to get under way, anyplace, away from any HERE They spoke quietly of how they wanted to go someday, to move about, free and unanchored, not toward something but away f...

  2. karen says:

    dude, steinbeck is so much better than kerouac.and 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 s...

  3. Lori says:

    I usually enjoy fiction, but a mite cheated when I learn that a travelogue isn t I m sure some people enjoy the writing regardless of the misleading content Steinbeck never went to some of the places in the book, he made up the folks that he never met and the ...

  4. Will Byrnes says:

    John Steinbeck put a house on a pickup, left the wife behind in their Long Island home and traveled the nation for several months This is his tale of that experience I found many quotables here, and I guess one should expect that when the traveler s name is Steinbeck In a book of about two hundred pages, one can hardly expect a detailed look at all of America Steinbeck picks his spots Sometimes they work, sometimes not It was, of necessity, merely a sketch of some parts of the country But John Steinbeck put a house on a pickup, left the wife behind in their Long Island home and traveled the nation for several months This is his tale of that experience I found many quotables here, and I guess one should expect that when the traveler s name is Steinbeck In a book of about two hundred pages, one can hardly expect a detailed look at all of America Steinbeck picks his spots Sometimes they work, sometimes not It was, of necessity, merely a sketch of some parts of the country But some of those sketches should hang in the Louvres Two in particular grabbed me His description of The Cheerleaders, a group of women who gathered every day at a newly integrated southern elementary school to taunt and threaten the black kids and Steinbeck s look at the culture surrounding that was chillin...

  5. Diane says:

    I first read this book in high school, and it s what made me fall in love with travelogues In 1960, John Steinbeck drove a small camper around the United States with his dog, Charley He wrote that he wanted to get to know his country again, to learnabout this new America For many years I have traveled in many parts of the world In America I live in New York, or dip into Chicago, or San Francisco But New York is noAmerica than Paris is France or London is England Thus I disco I first read this book in high school, and it s what made me fall in love with travelogues In 1960, John Steinbeck drove a small camper around the United States with his dog, Charley He wrote that he wanted to get to know his country again, to learnabout this new America For many years I have traveled in many parts of the world In America I live in New York, or dip into Chicago, or San Francisco But New York is noAmerica than Paris is France or London is England Thus I discovered that I did not know my own country I, an American writer, writing about America, was working from memory, and the memory is at best a faulty, warpy reservoir I had not heard the speech of America, smelled the grass a...

  6. Kim says:

    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, pa 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 relia...

  7. Cheri says:

    My father bought me this book when I was probably about eight years old, and I read it quickly and fell in love with it One day now that I ve thought of it, probably sooner than later I ll reread it, but for now I m content believing I would still find it a good read.

  8. Jason Koivu says:

    Goddamn it I ve driven coast to coast across the U.S fives times already and yet, thanks to Travels with Charley I m ready to go again During the mid century period, discovering America and or oneself through the medium of the road trip came into vogue While other prominent authors, such as Kerouac and Thompson, were publishing their own,heralded versions, I prefer Steinbeck s It lacks the hedonism of the others and I love him for that And further, these journals often get offtrac Goddamn it I ve driven coast to coast across the U.S fives times already and yet, thanks to Travels with Charley I m ready to go again During the mid century period, discovering America and or oneself through the medium of the road trip came into vogue While other prominent authors, such as Kerouac and Thompson, were publishing their own,heralded versions, I prefer Steinbeck s It lacks the hedonism of the others and I love him for that And further, these journals often get offtrack, forgetting the road for some favored topic that the writer expounds upon until it becomes a journey of its own and the original path fades from memory Steinbeck veers off n...

  9. K.D. Absolutely says:

    Six years before he died, John Steinbeck 1902 1968 had a lonesome trip aboard a camper named Rocinante after Don Quixote s horse around the USA He said that he would like to see this country on a personal level before he died as he made a good living writing about it Considering his heart condition, such trip alone could have been disastrous to his health but he insisted The main question that he would like to be answered wasWhat are Americans like todayand after travelling with his Six years before he died, John Steinbeck 1902 1968 had a lonesome trip aboard a camper named Rocinante after Don Quixote s horse around the USA He said that he would like to see this country on a personal level before he died as he made a good living writing about it Considering his heart condition, such trip alone could have been disastrous to his health but he insisted The main question that he would like to be answered wasWhat are Americans like todayand after travelling with his poodle Charley for around 10,000 miles for 3 months, he did not like the answer that he got.He saw the wastefulness of the people He got worried about excessive packaging that consumers liked He noticed the ambiguity of culture brought about my mass media technologies Advancement in technologies, t...

  10. Sara says:

    A nice way to travel 1960s America again is to hop into a camper truck with John Steinbeck and his dog, Charley Plagued by a chronic disease and probably feeling like it was now or never, Mr Steinbeck hit the road from his home in Sag Harbor and traveled across the states and back again, making astute observations as he went and s...

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