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Title:Travels with Charley: In Search of America
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Publisher:Penguin
ISBN:0142000701
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Number of Pages:214
Category:Non fiction, Travel, Classics, Memoir, Biography

Travels with Charley: In Search of America by John Steinbeck

PDF, EPUB, MOBI, TXT, DOC Travels with Charley: In Search of America An intimate journey across and in search of America as told by one of its most beloved writers in a deluxe centennial edition b .

In September 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 .

i Travels with Charley in Search of America i 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 i Travels with Charley i is a stunning evocation of America on the eve of a tumultuous decade

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Steinbeck is an artist and he tells the stories of these lovable thieves and adulterers with a gentle and poetic purity of heart and of prose New York Herald Tribune br br Adopting the structure and themes of the Arthurian legend Steinbeck created a Camelot on a shabby hillside above the town of Monterey California and peopled it with a colorful band of knights At the center of the tale is Danny whose house like Arthur s castle becomes a gathering place for men looking for adventure camaraderie and a sense of belonging These knights are i paisanos i men of mixed heritage whose ancestors settled California hundreds of years before Free of ties to jobs and other complications of the American way of life they fiercely resist the corrupting tide of honest toil in the surrounding ocean of civil rectitude br br As Steinbeck chronicles their deeds their multiple loves their wonderful brawls their Rabelaisian wine drinking he spins a tale as compelling and ultimately as touched by sorrow as the famous legends of the Round Table which inspired him, b An intimate journey across and in search of America as told by one of its most beloved writers in a deluxe centennial edition b br br In September 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 br br 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 br br i Travels with Charley in Search of America i 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 i Travels with Charley i is a stunning evocation of America on the eve of a tumultuous decade, Taken by surprise a small coastal town is overrun by an invading army with little resistance The town is important because it is a port that serves a large coal mine Colonel Lanser the head of the invading battalion along with his staff establishes his HQ in the house of the democratically elected and popular Mayor Orden br br As the reality of occupation sinks in and the weather turns bleak with the snows beginning earlier than usual the simple peaceful people of the town are angry and confused Colonel Lanser a veteran of many wars tries to operate under a veil of civility and law but in his heart he knows that there are no peaceful people amongst those whose freedom has been taken away by force The veil is soon torn apart when Alexander Morden an erstwhile alderman and a free man is ordered to work in the mine He strikes out at Captain Loft with a pick axe but Captain Bentick steps into its path and dies of it After a summary trial Morden is executed by a firing squad This incident catalyzes the people of the town and they settle into a slow silent waiting revenge Sections of the railroad linking the port with the mine get damaged regularly the machinery breaks down often and the dynamo of the electricity generators gets short circuited Whenever a soldier relaxes his guard drinks or goes out with a woman he is killed Mayor Orden stands by his people and tries to explain to Col Lanser that his goal to break man s spirit permanently is impossible br br The cold weather and the constant fear weighs heavy on the occupying force many of whom wish the war to end so that they can return home They realize the futility of the war and that the flies have conquered the flypaper Some members of the resistance escape to England and ask the English for explosives so that the townspeople can intensify their efforts English planes parachute drop small packages containing dynamite sticks and chocolates all around the town In a state of panic the army takes the Mayor and his friend Dr Winter the town doctor and historian hostage and lets it be known that any action from resistance will lead to their execution Mayor Orden knows that nothing can stop his people and that his death is imminent He tells his wife that while he can be killed the idea of Mayor and freedom and democracy is beyond the reach of any army Before his execution Mayor Orden reminds Dr Winter of the dialogues of Socrates in the Apology a part he played in the high school play and tells him to make sure that the debt is repaid to the army i e that the resistance is continued, Set in the rich farmland of California s Salinas Valley this sprawling and often brutal novel follows the intertwined destinies of two families the Trasks and the Hamiltons whose generations helplessly reenact the fall of Adam and Eve and the poisonous rivalry of Cain and Abel Here Steinbeck created some of his most memorable characters and explored his most enduring themes the mystery of identity the inexplicability of love and the murderous consequences of love s absence