A stunning evocation of America on the eve of a tumultuous decade—and a moving elegy for more innocent times.
In September 1960, John Steinbeck and his poodle, Charley, embarked on a journey across America, from small towns to growing cities to glorious wilderness oases. Travels with Charley is animated by Steinbeck’s attention to the specific details of the natural world and his sense of how the lives of people are intimately connected to the rhythms of nature—to weather, geography, the cycles of the seasons. His keen ear for the transactions among people is evident, too, as he records the interests and obsessions that preoccupy the Americans he encounters along the way.
©1962 John Steinbeck (P)2011 Penguin
“Pure delight, a pungent potpourri of places and people interspersed with bittersweet essays on everything from the emotional difficulties of growing old to the reasons why giant sequoias arouse such awe.” (The New York Times Book Review)
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A middle aged man and his dog go on an adventure. They leave their comfortable life to meet people and see parts of America unknown. This memoir is sweet and touching, Mr. Steinbeck clearly loves people and his special dog Charley. I had to give an extra star to this book for the authors spot-on (no pun intended ) description of Charley, his standard poodle. I dare say they are all alike, and yet we who own and care for Standards think each of ours is so very unique.
A nice read, a kind man and his pup meet people and reflect. I liked this book quite a lot.
John Steinbeck is a pretentious jerk, a poor journalist and missed America on the trip.
And when he starts waxing poetic - just shoot me.....please.
Gary Sinise does a terrific job as narrator.
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.
Books make work bearable until work becomes writing and reading books.
Absolutely. Want to give this audible as my Summer Read to all my friends. Gotta figure out how to do that.
An old favorite that needed revisited since I was in need of a vacation and can't get out of work.
Travels with Charlie is a dreamstate that brings me home and takes me away all at the same time.
Thanks Mr. Steinbeck!
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...
It was too much talk about his feelings. I just wanted to hear about what he saw.
No, I like Bill Bryson very Much. He is funny as well.
Eclectic tastes. Love anything thought provoking. Especially if its blended with some from of humour.
Epic in a small kind way
Steinbeck. Bears his soul in loving America and particularly the common person
He is just a superb reader. Really brings out all the characters!
Yes. When Mr Steinbeck was talking about killing the coyotes.
His comments on the loss of regional languages resulting from TV was right on and quite sad actually!
I had read it years ago and now listened to it. I will listed again in the future. There is so much in the book.
For me, yes. I started the print version a year ago and got about half way through. When I saw there was an audio, I bought it and listened to it each day on my short commute. I took my time with it and felt like I was along for the ride.
There were many memorable moments. Difficult to select only one. When he met the man who lived in a mobile home and how it gave me a different perspective on folks that choose mobile homes over permanent homes.
I appreciated how Gary Sinise brought the story and characters to life. It felt very real to me.
What I did feel with this book is a sense of reflection. I am a writer, an observer, a traveler of the mind, so it prompted me to reflect on my own experiences and the people I run into in my local travels. It was a very human book, relevant now, just as much as when it was written.
Charley added something special to the story. I felt myself smiling a lot, letting out a few laughs, and reflecting a bit.
I expected an story and view of Americana,,, geography and culture, but found the author's politics and prejudices interfering in what could have been a great account of his travels.
As Steinbeck said that The Badlands were no more representative of America than was Disneyworld, I would say that The Coopers, or the Cheerleaders, or his Texas hosts were no more representative of the families I have known as a life long resident of Texas and Louisiana.
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