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Travels with Charley: In Search of America - Penguin Modern Classics 530 (Paperback)
  • Travels with Charley: In Search of America - Penguin Modern Classics 530 (Paperback)

Travels with Charley: In Search of America - Penguin Modern Classics 530 (Paperback)

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Paperback Published: 01/03/2001
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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 watchdog, across the states of America from Maine to California. Moving through the woods and deserts, dirt tracks and highways to large cities and glorious wildernesses, Steinbeck observed - with remarkable honesty and insight, with a humorous and sometimes sceptical eye - America, and the Americans who inhabited it. What he saw was a lonely, generous nation too packed with individuals for single judgements; what he saw made him proud, angry, sympathetic and elated. His vision of how the world was changing still speaks to us prophetically through the decades. If you enjoyed Travels with Charley, you might like Cannery Row, also available in Penguin Modern Classics. "Pure delight, a pungent potpourri of places and people." (The New York Times Book Review).

Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
ISBN: 9780141186108

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