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Read online Travels with Charley: In Search of America.pdf 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 by John Steinbeck

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