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John Steinbeck , Gary Sinise
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29. Juni 2011 0142429198 978-0142429198 Unabridged
In 1958 Steinbeck stocked up a camper van and set off on a journey through nearly 40 states of the USA. Travelling alone with his dog and generally unrecognized, he was able to renew an intimate knowledge of the grass roots of American life that had underpinned his writing.
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  • Verlag: Penguin Audio; Auflage: Unabridged (29. Juni 2011)
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ISBN-10: 0142429198
  • ISBN-13: 978-0142429198
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“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

“Profound, sympathetic, often angry . . . an honest moving book by one of our great writers.” The San Francisco Examiner

“This is superior Steinbeck—a muscular, evocative report of a journey of rediscovery.” John Barkham, Saturday Review Syndicate

“The eager, sensuous pages in which he writes about what he found and whom he encountered frame a picture of our human nature in the twentieth century which will not soon be surpassed.” Edward Weeks, The Atlantic Monthly
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Lucky for Us They Found It 14. Juli 2000
Von Good Bye
Travels with Charley is a book that could not be written by any living writer. To write such a book requires the possession of a deeply ingrained curiosity about and love of people, a remarkable command of the English language, enough years under the belt to vividly recall a time when things were not as the are now, a hearty and tenacious grasp of life, and a sense adventure. It is difficult to imagine a modern novelist undertaking such a quest. Just think of it, Toni Morrison travelling about the country in a pickup with her dog (or cat for that matter), stopping at truck stops, camping in parks, and sleeping in roadside motels, all the while blending into the background, appearing as just an average Joe (or Josephine) so as to get a true picture of the land and its people and recording it all without once making a psychologically revealing admission. They just don't make them like ol' John anymore. More's the pity.
To see the book as just an interesting slice of Americana is to miss the point. Mr. Steinbeck was present at a number of important historical events in the life of America, especially during his travels through the southern states during their turbulent time of integration. He witnessed the integration of a school with all its protests and he recorded it without political posturing, without ulterior motive, simply as a witness to the people and the event. He described the birth of the modern interstate system and chronicled the effects it was beginning and could be expected to have on the small roadside towns throughout the nation. He recorded the rise of the motor hotel and the advent of the recreational vehicle. These may not seem significant now, but think how ubiquitous they have now become.
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Wow! Let me repeat: WOW! Steinbeck is not particularly known for his humor, but in Travels with Charley, he lets everything spill out of the bag. I don't want to ruin anything about this book for those who haven't read it, but it is one of the top five travel books I've ever come upon. (far better than On the Road, and right up there with Travels in Hyperreality).
Steinbeck packs his bags at the age of 60, and heads out to discover an America he claims he hasn't known for over 20 years. And although he never, in so many words, tells precisely what the White Whale of America is, I think he tells us the following:
America is a land of people who want to go somewhere else so they can be alone; and the only reason they want to go anywhere is so they can come back and tell everyone about it.
A word of warning: You will cringe at Steinbeck's description of the American South, and realize just how different it is than the rest of America.
Also: it is interesting to note that at the height of his career (1960), probably only less famous than Ernest Hemingway of all world literary figures at the time, not a single person recognized Steinbeck in his three months abroad. Tell me that isn't depressing for any Leos out there with literary aspirations. :)
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Steinbeck is a genius. 9. April 1998
Von Ein Kunde
For ages 12-up, this book is an excellent journey. Steinbeck is a great writer, story teller, and I think I'm in love! If I could find a man with the sense of adventure, humor, and passion for life that he has, I would be the happiest girl alive. I cherish the fact that he has such a passion for life. He says, "For I have always lived violently, drunk hugely, eaten too much or not at all,..." (17). I love that fact that he cares so much for his wife and devotes much of his time to his "...old Franch gentleman poodle known as Charley" (7). He also has a wise personality, and one can tell that he loves to investigate. In one part of the book he talks about how he is "over-interested injunk...Recently I stopped my car in front of the display yard of a junk suddenly occurred to me that I had more than he had" (35). Anyway, if you want to read a book by an incredibly brilliant author who will take you on an across the country tour, meeting lots of people, read this! MReynolds
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Charley was a POODLE! 1. Mai 1999
Von Ein Kunde
Written before the plethora of travelogues now available, Steinbeck was, as usual, ahead of his time. His observations are still fresh, and his style of writing as inviting as ever. After reading the other reviews of this book, however, I noticed one thing lacking: any mention of the inescapable fact that Charley was a standard poodle! Most unusual, then as now, to associate poodles with dreams of the open road. But Charley plays an important role in the book, as companion, conversation partner, and comic relief. Would the book have succeeded had Charley been a lab or a beagle? Perhaps--yet the idea of a tough and wisened writer touring the country with a poodle by his side is simply irresistible. Add this to all that is good about this book, and welcome the multitudes of poodle-lovers to its pages.
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The past few weeks I have been reading Travels with Charley. But before I tell how I ranked it, first we must examine the parts that make up this book. No story line and a plot headed nowhere, like the winding roads, pretty well describes the writing style John Stienbeck used in his novel. This technique defines no barriers of pages, for Stienbeck's writing is not only words, but thoughts strung into ideas, which create the essence of memories. "When the radio was on, music had stimulated memory of times and places..." (74). This book worked in much the same way.
If you haven't read Travels with Charley it begins with an incurable itch "to be someplace else" (3). Stienbeck was infected and had been so for as long as he could remember. Neither time nor maturity could cure him. So, against the will of his friends, he set out on a journey too not only cures his itch but also to rediscover America. All of his experiences on the road are common, everyday feelings like fear, loneliness and even the sheer joy of escape. I'm not sure that Stienbeck ever did find America, but he found something even better. He found the stuff that America is made of, people. Every where he went, he went out of his way to meet someone new and see America through someone else's eyes. "I cannot commend this account as an America that you will find. So much there is to see, but our morning eyes describe a different world than do our afternoon eyes..." (60).
Nevertheless, I don't think that the point to his book was the journey. I think the point is taking a chance that he took. Everyone has an itch inside to do something or become something. This itch may be your destiny or your fate just waiting to be found.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Loved this book
Steinbeck, an exceptional writer whose words put you there, and keep you in his world throughout the book.
A peek into an interesting time in America.
Vor 13 Monaten von Émily Wegscheider veröffentlicht
5.0 von 5 Sternen Great book
Excellent book. Everything was as described in the write up. The book arrived quickly. I would buy again from this seller.
Vor 13 Monaten von 100westave veröffentlicht
5.0 von 5 Sternen Tja äußerlich
Zum Inhalt kann ich noch nix sagen, denn ich habs noch nicht gelesen. Aber es kam jedenfalls gut an, und es stehen auch Buchstaben drin...
Vor 17 Monaten von Karin Lampart veröffentlicht
3.0 von 5 Sternen Onkel und Pudel auf großer Fahrt
1960, 60 Jahre alt, bestellt Nobelpreisautor John Steinbeck ein maßgeschneidertes Luxuswohnmobil, nennt es Rocinante und dreht eine große Runde durch die USA. Lesen Sie weiter...
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Eine literarische Reise mit einem großen Autor und seinem Hund
John Steinbeck nimmt den Leser/die Leserin mit auf eine Reise durch "seine" USA. In einem abenteuerlich anmutenden, Wohnwagen ähnlichem Gefährt erkundet er das Land, dem... Lesen Sie weiter...
Veröffentlicht am 7. Juni 2010 von Gemuesebernd
5.0 von 5 Sternen very good biography
I'm german, but I spent a year in America and I had to write an essay about the book. I didn't know what it was about when I started reading, but after a few pages Steinbeck caught... Lesen Sie weiter...
Veröffentlicht am 11. April 2000 von caroline
5.0 von 5 Sternen One of the most wonderful books I have read
To me, John Steinbeck is the great voice of twentieth century America. There is not an author that is more distinctly American. Lesen Sie weiter...
Veröffentlicht am 30. März 2000 von Nicholas Gipe
4.0 von 5 Sternen Intimate portrait of a great writer...
What makes this book so special to me is that I feel I am close to one of the great writers of all time. Lesen Sie weiter...
Am 26. März 2000 veröffentlicht
4.0 von 5 Sternen A beautifully memoir
I first read this when in high school, now at 40 I have just reread it. As with all of Stenbeck's books it is beautifully written. Lesen Sie weiter...
Veröffentlicht am 16. März 2000 von Dave
4.0 von 5 Sternen A wonderful account of America
Travels With Charley is a charming, honest, and in a way, innocent novel. It is not so much a story but re-telling of a journey by the 60 year-old Author and his observations of... Lesen Sie weiter...
Veröffentlicht am 12. März 2000 von Carl Anderson
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