Feb 29, 2020
Travels with Charley
Posted by John Steinbeck

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 traWhen 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.

  • Title: Travels with Charley
  • Author: John Steinbeck
  • ISBN: 9780141186108
  • Page: 221
  • Format: Paperback
  • Travels with Charley 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

    Jeffrey Keeten

    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 decided to take [...]


    dude, steinbeck is so much better than kerouacd 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 listeningis is my first nonfiction from steinbeck, and i am impressed with how conversational it reads he has a real skill in making his experiences near visible to the reader,in b [...]


    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 hotels and resorts he and his wife stayed in are a bit luxurious than the camper top on his GMC pick up On the plus side, he did purchase a pick up truck and add a camper top to it His wife did have a poodle named Charley.

    Will Byrnes

    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 o [...]


    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 learn about 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 no America than Paris is France or London is England Thus I discovered that I did [...]


    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 [...]


    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.

    Jason Koivu

    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 [...]

    K.D. Absolutely

    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 was What are Americans like today and after travelling with his poodle Cha [...]


    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 sharing a bit of the flavor of America in this moment of great upheaval and change I was afraid this might be boring, like watching someone else s home movies no matter [...]

    Grip Dellabonte

    I hadn t expected to enjoy this book as much as I did It was my first travelogue, and I only read it because, a I was bored and b I figured I couldn t go wrong with Steinbeck a writer I already enjoyed reading still do.But I have a wicked streak of wanderlust in me, too, and Steinbeck really caught me at a good time It was Summertime, and I was already in a daydream y mood That mood lasted all through the book.I managed to get through the whole trip with the cranky writer, and he was actually qu [...]

    Jenny (Reading Envy)

    I read the Steinbeck trifecta in junior high and highschool The Red Pony, Of Mice and Men, and The Grapes of Wrath Since that time, graduating 20 years ago, I have not read Steinbeck again I bought this book to read on a train trip I had planned in California, since I knew that Steinbeck s father was a train man and that he grew up in California Since that trip was cancelled the book has lingered on my shelf at home, long enough for me to forget I had it So when the audio version of the book cam [...]

    Joe Valdez

    My dip into the fiction of John Steinbeck turned into a journey, with East of Eden, Cannery Row, Tortilla Flat, The Winter of Our Discontent, The Grapes of Wrath and Sweet Thursday It seemed appropriate to end my tour on Travels with Charley, the author s memoir of a circuitous road trip of the United States he began in September 1960 with his French poodle, Charley Steinbeck s account begins at his home on Long Island, New York Getting on in years, he realizes he s been writing about a country [...]


    I have a feeling that if I had read Travels with Charley back in high school instead of The Grapes of Wrath or even Of Mice and Men, I would have actually liked Steinbeck rather than merely appreciated him.Part of my Steinbeck indifference was obviously influenced by my teenage attitude At 15 there were other things I d much rather have been doing than reading novels about the great depression Also, I had that what does this have to do with me attitude I saw so frequently while trying to teach m [...]


    Eight years before a lifelong smoking habit finally killed his heart, John Steinbeck embarked on one last road trip across the United States Steinbeck desired to see the country he described all his life with his own eyes to look again, rediscover this monster land , become reacquainted with its people His sole companion would be Charley, a French standard poodle Together they would board the Rocinante Steinbeck s truck named after the horse of Don Quixote and go and try to understand what Ameri [...]


    What is there not to love about a travelogue featuring John Steinbeck and his French poodle Charley Look at them, they re best friends And check out the awesome Rocinante named after Don Quixote s horse , a custom made camper truck that carried them around America This is the route they took that I d love to retrace someday


    Although I read this book just last year, it was a delight to read again I think I was struck by different aspects of the book the second time around This time I realized just how much time Steinbeck spent describing his experiences of racism in the South I imagine this caused some waves back in the early 1960 s when the book was published, before the passage of the Civil Rights Act But we should expect nothing less from Steinbeck, the champion of the oppressed, and chronicler of the lives of th [...]


    You know how the heroes of westerns and comic books and adventures are always good men My dad likes that kind of story where the moral is, nothing is better than a good man He is the type that thinks a man just lives the best way he can He loves legends and spooky tales and always made himself the hero He told us, my friends and me, that he once saved his whole platoon by jumping on a grenade, and we believed him, though he never served in the military So how can I not give five stars to the mem [...]


    When I was very young and the urge to be someplace else was on me, I was assured by mature people that maturity would cure this itch, When years described me as mature, the remedy prescribed was middle age In middle age I was assured that greater age would calm my fever and now that I am fifty eight perhaps senility will do the job.I liked the idea that inspired this book John Steinbeck, great American writer, decides to set off on a cross country exploration of America, a country he became accl [...]


    I came across this dusty hardcover at an estate sale last month This particular edition from 1962 offered a crisp, weathered cover and an inviting sketch of a man, a dog and a truck.I hopped on board.This is Steinbeck, but not the Steinbeck of fiction, the one who stands behind his creations and his delicious use of silence and space This is Steinbeck the man.Turns out that Steinbeck the man, here recorded for all time, in his late fifties was a bit depressed, recently diagnosed as being on his [...]

    Luís C.

    When I chose this title of Steinbeck to the bookstore, I did not knew exactly what I expect, not knowing the title But I imagined a journey across a large part of United States, many meetings and a kind of report on the 1960 s America Somewhat a journalist s book In fact over the eleven weeks Steinbeck toured the USA If there are meetings, often over a bottle, they do not learn much about the region in which they take place Except perhaps in the South Let us recall that he d voyaged in 1960.To h [...]


    REALLY enjoyed this eventful journey thru 40 States with Mr Steinbeck and his dog Charley The adventure begins in September 1960 with Hurricane Donna before he even leaves home and ends with a historic snowstorm, but everything in the middle is pretty darn good too The story is written with humor, but with a profound sadness to it perhaps due to Mr Steinbeck s declining health and whether the novel is truly fact or just fiction is unimportant to me as I found it an insightful and entertaining ri [...]

    Jon(athan) Nakapalau

    How often I have wished to do this just get on the road and head off for destinations unknown Searching for America John Steinbeck also finds out about himself via the intersection of Examined Life avenue and Socratic lane.


    Gosh, there are so many good reviews here to read, why should I add my two cents While I was reading it, I found it interesting, insightful, humorous and sad Now that is a wide range of emotions captured in a small book A question that always arises is how much of this is true and how much is imagined There is a simple answer to this Steinbeck points out that no two people will see the same event with the same eyes What you see depends upon who you are This is what Steinbeck saw and experienced, [...]


    Dopo anni di lotta scopriamo che non siamo noi a fare il viaggio il viaggio che fa noi.Nel 1961 John Steinbeck decide di compiere un viaggio attraverso gli Stati Uniti perch ritiene di essersi allontanato dalle persone, dagli americani e uno scrittore questo, non se lo pu permettere.E un libro per gli irrequieti, gli amanti di Chatwin e di Kerouac e per tutti gli animi vagabondi Vedevo nei loro occhi qualche cosa che avrei rivisto tante volte in ogni parte del paese un desiderio rovente di andar [...]


    I read this as a buddy read with my friend, Mikki, and from the first fffft from Charley to Steinbeck s final wrong turn in his home town, no less, Steinbeck kept me cruising through his memoir of traveling 1960 s America What can I say I ll admit to an hesitancy to pick up Travels With Charley In Search of America, it being non fiction and my Steinbeck reading record being at 3 books read, 3 books loved, after all, a disappointment could be over the horizon To my joy, Travels With Charley In Se [...]


    Filled by a desire to see his country one time, John Steinbeck has a truck modified to be a camper Named Rocinante, after Don Quixote s horse, and equipping it with guns, books and other essential items, not forgetting Charley his dog, he sets off on his journey.His 10,000 mile journey takes him on a circular route around the country, starting in the north east, he travels across to the Pacific, down to California, along to Texas and the deep south and back up to New York On his trip he writes [...]


    I enjoyed this one, although I m certain I would have gotten from the book if I hadn t had to read it piecemeal over two weeks Ah well, such is life On traveling through New Hampshire The climate changed quickly to cold and the trees burst into color, the reds and yellow you can t believe It isn t only color but a glowing, as though the leaves gobbled the light of the autumn sun and then released it slowly There s a quality of fire in these colors My feelings exactly, Mr Steinbeck.


    John Steinbeck took a road trip around the United States in the fall of 1960 to try to rediscover this monster land He bought a pick up truck with a camper top, and named it Rocinante after Don Quixote s horse Charley, an older large French poodle, was Steinbeck s traveling companion Charley served as an ice breaker, making it easier for Steinbeck to meet strangers Steinbeck had a chronic illness at the time of his trip, and Charley had his own set of veterinary problems, but they offered emotio [...]

    Mai Anh

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