Travels with Charley: In Search of America

Travels with Charley: In Search of America

A quest across America, from the northernmost tip of Maine to California?s Monterey Peninsula To hear the speech of the real America, to smell the grass and the trees, to see the colors and the light?these were John Steinbeck's goals as he set out, at the age of fifty-eight, to rediscover the country he had been writing about for so many years. With Charley, his French poodl A quest across America, from the northernmost tip of Maine to California?s Monterey Peninsula To hear th...

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Title:Travels with Charley: In Search of America
Author:John Steinbeck
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Genres:Nonfiction
ISBN:Travels with Charley: In Search of America
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Edition Language:English
Format Type:Paperback
Number of Pages:214 pages pages

Travels with Charley: In Search of America Reviews

  • karen
    Sep 11, 2010
    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...
  • Jenny (Reading Envy)
    Nov 18, 2016
    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 Ste...
  • Cheri
    Jun 05, 2007
    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. ...
  • Chicklit
    Mar 02, 2008
    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 att...
  • Diane
    Aug 14, 2007
    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 more about this "new America." ...
  • Chrissie
    Aug 11, 2012
    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 t...
  • Barbara
    Feb 10, 2015
    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 ...
  • Grip Dellabonte
    May 31, 2008
    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 ...
  • Seana
    Feb 24, 2009
    Man, this book came so exactly at the right time in my life. I think I was about thirteen or fourteen. I went back to the ancestral home in Illinois, and my cousins were getting rid of some books. One of them was Travels With Charley. I read it while we were driving back home. I think ...
  • Will Byrnes
    Jan 27, 2009
    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 ...
  • Jason Koivu
    Sep 22, 2010
    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 auth...
  • K.D. Absolutely
    Oct 27, 2010
    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. Considerin...
  • Maciek
    Feb 28, 2013
    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 reacqua...
  • Judy
    Nov 29, 2011
    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 Trave...
  • Jeffrey Keeten
    Aug 10, 2014
    ?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 aw...
  • J.L.   Sutton
    Apr 27, 2018
    In Travels with Charley: In Search of America, John Steinbeck provides an entertaining and wry account of his observations as he road trips with his poodle in what essentially becomes his house on wheels, Rocinante. I'm a big fan of Steinbeck's work (I really like what I see as his sym...
  • Kim
    Feb 25, 2012
    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, ...
  • Julie
    May 02, 2013
    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 behin...
  • Sara
    Dec 14, 2017
    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 ag...
  • Christopher
    Apr 01, 2014
    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: Thi...
  • Blixen
    Nov 22, 2011
    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...
  • Mike
    Aug 09, 2017
    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 ...
  • Carol
    Jan 13, 2013
    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 writt...
  • Sarah
    Mar 18, 2012
    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 alwa...
  • Paul
    Nov 29, 2014
    Filled by a desire to see his country one more 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 mi...
  • Roy Lotz
    Aug 28, 2018
    In literary criticism the critic has no choice but to make over the victim of his attention into something the size and shape of himself. This little volume must rank as one of the great American travel books?though I am not quite sure what that means. Travel literature, by its na...
  • Joe Valdez
    Jan 28, 2014
    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 t...
  • Luís C.
    Oct 13, 2016
    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 el...
  • Jon(athan) Nakapalau
    Sep 15, 2016
    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 more about himself - via the intersection of "Examined Life" avenue and "Socratic" lane. ...
  • Lori
    Oct 19, 2017
    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 an...