No. Very narrow minded and biased concerning the South! There are other time periods and peoples who have been sadly illtreated in the history of this country. Someone was grouchy and homesick by the time he reached the south!
His narrow minded telling of his single experience with the South. There are many good things about the South that he failed to see. Perhaps he was wearing blinders when he reached the South in addition to cutting this part of his experience short. He missed much in his opinated abuse of our Southern states. Many of us have loving, positive experiences and memories with our black friends just as he did growing up in CA.
Until he reached the South and treated it so poorly, it was interesting.
Excellent performance - very poor ending! What a jerk! And what a pity party we were having by the time we reached the beautiful Southern states of this great country.
The actual story itself could have made this a 4 or 5. I don't know why an actor of great prestige would have wanted to read such a book.
Yes... Steinbeck does have great fiction... this nonfiction was the worst
All of it...
Travels With Charley is a life-long favorite. I've read it many times. Gary Senise gives it body that I've never discerned before.
At this moment of enchantment, I can't think of a comparison.
No I haven't, but I intend to.
Both laughter, tears plus thought and retrospective, past and present.
Gary Sinise's voice was perfect for this content
The narative was interesting and funny.
This was a first but he reads very well.
When Steinbeck is describing the bustle and intensity of the factory towns of the midwest as he passes by and it made me think that if he drove past now most would be almost deralict ghost towns.
First of all I should say that I drove around the country alone in a Van approximately 1970. I think this book was one of the reasons I did it. I was approximately 23 years old at the time. It was Just like he says in the book:
you don't take the trip, the trip takes you.
I have now reread it at the age of 66. At this time in my life it was pleasant, albeit somewhat rambling, containing some humor, some profound insights, some lighter insightful comments and some parts that made the book longer without adding value at least to me.
I think not. There is really no story to it. While some of the observations are interesting, his trip happened a long time ago and much seems dated. Having said this my number one piece of advice for young people who are single is to save up a little money and drive around the country, or at least out west (I live in Ohio) so they can have their own experience of this type. However, I am not sure a 23 year old today would read this book and get filled with desire to save a few bucks and drive their car alone around the country. Perhaps If I run into a recently retired friend who is hinting about doing something like this I can suggest he read this book.
for me, yes. for the average reader, no
Hearing descriptive writing of the characters Steinbeck encounters.
Charley, the poodle
I was hoping for more detail about American life in the sixties. Steinbeck does touch on aspects of this time, but I was hoping for more. It is a straight account of Steinbeck's trek across the country, and it is good, but it's not a story story as you may expect. It goes a little long about Charley, Steinbeck's poodle, however, it is certainly worth a listen. For me, the ending is hilarious, and I found myself laughing about it several times for weeks after my listen. (I won't say here though!)
There seemed very little characters development. The author should have added life to the people he encountered along his travels.
The narrator spoke so slowly it was almost painful to listen to. I had to listen to this at 2x speed.
The scene where Steinbeck kicks the jerk out of Rocinante.
Both moments with hitchikers, the young man and the old man.
Steinbeck's prose paints such vivid scenes that I felt as if I was in the front seat of Rocinante.
This was an interesting story. I read that there is controversy over whether or not he really went "on the road" and met all the characters he described in the book. But I thought he did a good job describing America of the 1960's.
I loved when he talked about his poodle, Charley. I thought those parts were highlights!
Gary Sinise gave an excellent performance. I'd listen to other books he narrates, if there are any!
Thoughtful. Representative. Insightful.
"A Walk Across America" because both are individuals setting out to find out if culture in America exists beyond corporate capitalism or if it is all just a myth. Steinbeck is a far better writer, more descriptive and frankly much wiser than the Walker Across America, but I'd still clump them together as travel books.
He could be John Steinbeck, as an old exasperated man making this trip and sharing these experiences around a table with his friends and family.
Maine, with the immigrant farm workers drinking whiskey. Montana- couldn't agree more. Most beautiful state in the lower 48.
This book will renew your love affair with the world that Steinbeck sees and writes about. You will want to gobble up whatever literature you can find by him in order to learn more about the world through the eyes of this man.