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Resa med Charley för att upptäcka Amerika (1962)

av John Steinbeck

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The chronicle of Steinbeck's journey across America with his dog Charley.
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Even though some of Steinbeck's account has now been shown to have been fictive (hey, what do you want - he spent his life as a novelist), still had to admire this for its affirmative tone. I especially liked his account of riding out a hurricane on the water. ( )
  HenrySt123 | Jul 19, 2021 |
2 stars?! What?! In my lusting after Steinbeck over the past year or so, I had yet to meet a book of his that didn't make me swoon. This told me the honeymoon was over. I kept hanging on, convinced it might win me in the end. It started well enough--the ode in the very beginning to the urge to get up and get out--is without a doubt superb and the best part of the book. I also enjoyed his reflections on desert life (being the area of the US I like the most) and found some of what he wrote about driving through the wavering Jim Crow south interesting, too. But there was so much potential for more.

So what did I expect? What were my high hopes? I enjoy Steinbeck because of his frank observations of humanity and American culture. It can be easily taken for granted and yet no one seems to do it so deftly and with such pathos. And here's a travelogue where he hits the road "in search of America." What could be better?

Well, he seems to gloss over most of the country. There were several parts where he says he couldn't or didn't want to talk about certain places. I'm prepared for his sprawling insights, but there were none to be found here. It struck me that maybe it's because he was older, physically and psychologically--his health had already been declining and generally I've found the older people get, the more they crave creature comforts wherever they travel. I couldn't relate to his method of travel, of packing up so much crap in Rocinante that it seemed he hardly left home behind. What's the point of getting a new feel of some place when you carry so much of your old life with you? I also couldn't relate to his "conversations" with Charley (which I think he meant to be amusing and charming). Not just because Charley's a poodle (one of my least favorite dogs), but I don't quite get into the whole "pets as humans" mindset. Ultimately, though, I was bummed that Steinbeck seemed to rush. I like it when he takes his time; I love to swim in the words and the sentiment. He mentions towards the end of feeling anxious for a trip to be over before it actually is, and perhaps he wrote this with that frame of mind. This just felt like a labor, not a labor of love. I think I'll stick to the fiction. ( )
  LibroLindsay | Jun 18, 2021 |
I think I read this in October, 2009 but since I only have lists for 2010-2013 on this computer, I forget what I rated it at the time. I bought it for a quarter at a thrift store in the town of North East, MD, near the Sandy Cove Christian retreat. Travels With Charley (who was his poodle dog) was a great book. It seemed as if readers were right there with him for every moment of the journey. ( )
  Jimbookbuff1963 | Jun 5, 2021 |
Not the most interesting travel book I've ever read. I prefer his novels. ( )
  KittyCunningham | Apr 26, 2021 |
I might go back to it. I just didn't like the narrator.
  RosanaDR | Apr 15, 2021 |
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Steinbeck’s book-length account of his journey, “Travels With Charley: In Search of America,” published in 1962, was generally well reviewed and became a best-seller. It remains in print, regarded by some as a classic of American travel writing. Almost from the beginning, though, a few readers pointed out that many of the conversations in the book had a stagey, wooden quality, not unlike the dialogue in Steinbeck’s fiction.

Early on in the book, for example, Steinbeck has a New England farmer talking in folksy terms about Nikita S. Khrushchev’s shoe-pounding (or -brandishing, depending on whom you ask) speech at the United Nations weeks before Khrushchev actually visited the United Nations. A particularly unlikely encounter occurs at a campsite near Alice, N.D., where a Shakespearean actor, mistaking Steinbeck for a fellow thespian, greets him with a sweeping bow, saying, “I see you are of the profession,” and then proceeds to talk about John Gielgud.

Even Steinbeck’s son John said he was convinced that his father never talked to many of the people he wrote about, and added, “He just sat in his camper and wrote all that [expletive].”
 

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No newspaper had printed the words these women shouted. It was indicated that they were indelicate, some even said obscene...But now I heard the words, bestial and filthy and degenerate. In a long and unprotected life I have seen and heard the vomitings of demoniac humans before. Why then did these screams fill me with a shocked and sickened sorrow?
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Who has not known a journey to be over and dead before the traveler returns? The reverse is also true: many a trip continues long after movement in time and space have ceased.
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