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William Least Heat-Moon , Bill McKibben
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19. Oktober 1999
Hailed as a masterpiece of American travel writing, Blue Highways is an unforgettable journey along our nation's backroads. William Least Heat-Moon set out with little more than the need to put home behind him and a sense of curiosity about "those little towns that get on the map-if they get on at all-only because some cartographer has a blank space to fill: Remote, Oregon; Simplicity, Virginia; New Freedom, Pennsylvania; New Hope, Tennessee; Why, Arizona; Whynot, Mississippi." His adventures, his discoveries, and his recollections of the extraordinary people he encountered along the way amount to a revelation of the true American experience.

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  • Taschenbuch: 448 Seiten
  • Verlag: Back Bay Books; Auflage: Back Bay Pbk. (19. Oktober 1999)
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ISBN-10: 9780316353298
  • ISBN-13: 978-0316353298
  • ASIN: 0316353299
  • Größe und/oder Gewicht: 20,9 x 14 x 3 cm
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  • Amazon Bestseller-Rang: Nr. 6.909 in Fremdsprachige Bücher (Siehe Top 100 in Fremdsprachige Bücher)
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First published in 1982, William Least Heat-Moon's account of his journey along the back roads of the United States (marked with the color blue on old highway maps) has become something of a classic. When he loses his job and his wife on the same cold February day, he is struck by inspiration: "A man who couldn't make things go right could at least go. He could quit trying to get out of the way of life. Chuck routine. Live the real jeopardy of circumstance. It was a question of dignity."

Driving cross-country in a van named Ghost Dancing, Heat-Moon (the name the Sioux give to the moon of midsummer nights) meets up with all manner of folk, from a man in Grayville, Illinois, "whose cap told me what fertilizer he used" to Scott Chisholm, "a Canadian citizen ... [who] had lived in this country longer than in Canada and liked the United States but wouldn't admit it for fear of having to pay off bets he made years earlier when he first 'came over' that the U.S. is a place no Canadian could ever love." Accompanied by his photographs, Heat-Moon's literary portraits of ordinary Americans should not be merely read, but savored. -- Dieser Text bezieht sich auf eine vergriffene oder nicht verfügbare Ausgabe dieses Titels.


Recounts the author's journey through America along the blue roads on the map. -- Dieser Text bezieht sich auf eine vergriffene oder nicht verfügbare Ausgabe dieses Titels.

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5.0 von 5 Sternen A Necessary Reassurance 22. Mai 2000
Blue Highways is proof that innocence can still be found within the borders of America, and its path is streaked in blue lines on your maps. Next time the nightly news gets you down, read an excerpt or two from this book, and you will be reassured that not only did a better time exist in America, but can perhaps still be found in the places to which Least-Heat Moon ventured. In Blue Highways, you will meet people who offer their beds, dinner tables and wisdom without expecting anything in return, you will meet Least-heat Moon's desire to find himself through the benevolence and experiences of other people, you will meet life in America they way it really was, the way it really is. Open this book, take the trip Least-heat moon took, you won't just meet other people, you will meet yourself.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Blue Highways 19. Februar 2012
This is a road book, a diary of a journey of an American Indian who talked to people along the way on the small highways across America. He especially liked cafes and diners which often attracted him because of the number of calendars they displayed on their walls. His chats with folks revealed his character and philosophy which was very much to my liking. His book is on a par with Steinbeck's journey with his dog Charlie, and with On The Road. But, he was alone and without drugs. I read it more slowly the second time with even more appreciation.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen My all-time favorite. #1 book ever! 22. Juli 2000
This book has everything interesting to me: religion, travel, commentary, wisdom, and author intimacy. Since reading this book, I compare every new read to it. Nothing has ever stacked up to this. Heat-Moon brings us from Columbia, MO, where his whole life is collapsing before his eyes, all the way around the country, and back again to Columbia, with a new interest in his life, new insight and wisdom. He has no perminant companions, gets called racial names, finds a bug in his car he befriends (for a short while), and cares for a hitch-hiking preacher. This book is literally breathtaking.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen The Journey Is Everything 18. Juli 2000
i finished reading this book last night,after taking it little by little, the past month...some books are not easy, this one is a labyrith and like a woman demands your complete attention...when i finished, i felt as if i had finished the journey with Moon, met the characters and saw the wide open spaces, and walked away knowing that there was more to america than atm machines, golden arches, and cell phones... although this book was written almost twenty years ago, it would not feel out of place in 2000; so much of this country has become skyscrapered, MTV'd and dot-commed...i smiled everytime Moon talked about looking for a Resteraunt with 5 calenders because you knew he was going to get a great meal...he uses pop culture references for clever, even comic effect, it is through his words, that he's telling us that he is taking more than a journey, that he has become don quixote, trying perhaps to bring back the lost america that can only be found in small towns... the fact that he made this trip in a van with very little money and sheer guts tells you about the wonder of the human spirit...this book is unsentimental...many times throughout the story, Moon himself wondered if the journey was worth continuing, and yet he continued, knowing that by travelling on the roads he would discover his true self... a traveller carries no compass; the only direction he follows is the one that lies within his heart...the traveller knows that its not about reaching the destination, its the journey
the journey is everything...
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5.0 von 5 Sternen One of my favorite books of all times 13. Juli 2000
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I read this book when I was a teenager and it gave a lot of respect for "rural" America and its values. I read it again as a young adult and this time enjoyed it for its literary style. I recently read it for the third time, and it makes me want to travel and enjoy more of our America before this kind of experience is gone. I gave it to my sister for Christmas, as she recently retired, bought a Winnebago and now travels the blue highways full-time. Wish I was her.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen I only wish.... 21. Juni 2000
Von Jessie
I only wish that I could travel around the country as Heat-Moon did. While reading this book, I kept having to resist the urge to pack some clothes, forget about work and just hit the road.......
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5.0 von 5 Sternen INSPIRING AND INVITING 27. Mai 2000
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After reading this book about a man's journey across our country, my husband and I were inspired to set out on our own across the U.S. journey and had only two rules: 1) No main highways and 2) we could see anything within a fifty mile radius of whichever "blue" highway we chose. It is in large part due to William least Heat-Moon that we were able to make our journey so memorable. We, too, wanted to pleasure in the people of this great country; the ordinary folks who are the heart of the nation and the reason for this nation. Mr. Heat-Moon is truly a writer of what really is and his humor and soft style make the reading so easy. How could I not journey on to PrarieEryth and River Horse and anything else he will share with me....and you. A fine writer with a fine sense of the real heart of the earth and its people.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen The best book inside the backroads of America 19. Mai 2000
Von Ein Kunde
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This is the best book I have read which searches for the true America. Rural American values are what this country was founded upon. The book is interesting as it explores each region of America and shows us its differences and simalarites of the uniqueness of this great country.
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