A stunning evocation of America on the eve of a tumultuous decadeâ€"and a moving elegy for more innocent timesIn 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 Steinbeckâ€™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 natureâ€"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.â€œPure 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.â€ â€"The New York Times Book Review
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John Steinbeck (Author)
John Steinbeck, born in Salinas, California, in 1902, grew up in a fertile agricultural valley, about 25 miles from the Pacific Coast. Both the valley and the coast would serve as settings for some of his best fiction. In 1919 he went to Stanford ...