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Viaggio con Charley (1962)

di John Steinbeck

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The chronicle of Steinbeck's journey across America with his dog Charley.
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Fiction or nonfiction? This book is listed as nonfiction. But I began to have my doubts when Steinbeck magically? improbably? met the Shakespearean actor in the middle of nowhere.

Bill Stiegerwald in his “Sorry, Charley: The fabulism in Travels with Charley” attempted to retravel Steinbeck’s route and found that on the day of this event, Steinbeck had had lunch near the Maple River, which put him some 300 miles away from “near Alice” where this meeting was to have taken place. And Steinbeck’s letters to his wife place him in a hotel near the Badlands on this date.

Nonfiction or not, it is still a powerful commentary on America. And it seems to be entirely relevant today, so I guess that means things really haven’t changed much from the early 1960’s when this trip was to have taken place.

There’s still family political divide, brought glaringly to the forefront with the Trump administration and continues with anti-vaxers. And the marching forward of “progress” means the destruction of forest and pastureland. And Steinbeck seems to enjoy the open country versus urban environment (I don’t recall that he addresses the suburbs). He writes about people living in trailers so they can move onto the next job, captured in the recent movie “Nomadland” (Bruder’s book is on my TBR) and evidenced by the rise of “Independent contractors” in lieu of employees.

Barbara Reitt in her “I Never Returned as I Went In” among other topics explores Steinbeck’s travels in the South, where Steinbeck states for the first time he feels like an outsider and it hurries him home. “he is mistaken that racism is a problem only southerners can solve, but believing this may have been less painful than believing that generations of people not yet born will be the ones to establish racial justice.”

Steinbeck, after picking up a passenger who is a black field hand and clearly does not want to engage in a conversation with Steinbeck, relates a tale of a Negro who had been in his employ who witnessed a tipsy white woman fall down and Steinbeck asks him Why’d he ducked instead of helping; and the man replied She could’ve yelled rape and who would people believe; Steinbeck replied, Quick thinking; and the man replied “oh, no, sir; I’ve been practicing to be a Negro a long time.” Echoes of Ellison’s “Invisible Man”

Yuri Kami in his “Steinbeck’s View of Man and Nature” explores how Steinbeck described WASPs as “the fittest” and other minorities had to force themselves to be assimilated. But two minorities didn’t follow this path: Native Americans (who “fiercely defended themselves against the invasion by whites”) and African-Americans (whose “efforts to join American society were rejected because of racial prejudice.”). Steinbeck (and reviewers) spend a fair amount of ink on how blacks are treated; neither spend much (and I don’t recall Steinbeck spending any in this work) on Native Americans. In his travels Steinbeck says he didn’t encounter the “grinding poverty” he saw when writing The Grapes of Wrath; maybe he would’ve if he’d visited a reservation in his travels. To me, reading through today’s lens, this is a blinding omission (and I’m sure I’m influenced in my coincidental concurrent reading of Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee and having recently encountered another authors blind spot in Camus’ writing of being in The Stranger and referring to the second most important character as just “the Arab”). Hence the four star rating.

I also detected what I thought was a certain level of angst underlying the novel. And in reading about it now and finding Steinbeck’s health issues a year or so before the trip, I wonder how much this was what is now called a bucket list item.

Structurally I wondered about the trip in relation to how much time was spent describing his journey. If I recall, he spends half the book getting to Chicago. And his return trip home happens in a rush; though he claims it ended in Virginia, it appears it really ended earlier than that, somewhere in the Deep South.

Kudos - 5 stars -to Gary Sinise for his compelling and nuanced reading. Going forward, it’s going to be an adjustment to listen to any other narrator of Steinbeck. ( )
  jimgosailing | Nov 18, 2021 |
The best thing I can say about Travels with Charley is ‘it’s not you, it’s me’. What I expected from this was a travelogue, a time-traveling trip back to the United States of the ‘60s through the words of a Nobel Prize winning author. What I got were the views and opinions of that author but very little about the roads he traveled on or the people he met along the way. Some parts of the book stretched credulity, such as the contrast between the two hitchhikers he picked up outside of New Orleans, and others had nothing to do with the trip at all. As an example, Steinbeck's spending several days and enjoying Thanksgiving dinner with his wealthy friends on their ranch in Texas. Despite the title, this was not a book about traveling ‘in search of America’, it was simply the author writing about himself. ( )
  wandaly | Nov 11, 2021 |
Steinbeck's voyage through 48 states in a 3/4-ton pickup truck with his dog Charley. His examination of and insight into the country and the people.
  BLTSbraille | Nov 5, 2021 |
A description of Steinbeck's trip around the US in the 60s, it has its atmospheric passages, its humorous ones, and precise observations on everyday human mentality, as well as prescient predictions of today's troubles rooted in blind faith in progress and consumerism. ( )
  Stravaiger64 | Sep 24, 2021 |
Even though some of Steinbeck's account has now been shown to have been fictive (hey, what do you want - he spent his life as a novelist), still had to admire this for its affirmative tone. I especially liked his account of riding out a hurricane on the water. ( )
  HenrySt123 | Jul 19, 2021 |
Steinbeck’s book-length account of his journey, “Travels With Charley: In Search of America,” published in 1962, was generally well reviewed and became a best-seller. It remains in print, regarded by some as a classic of American travel writing. Almost from the beginning, though, a few readers pointed out that many of the conversations in the book had a stagey, wooden quality, not unlike the dialogue in Steinbeck’s fiction.

Early on in the book, for example, Steinbeck has a New England farmer talking in folksy terms about Nikita S. Khrushchev’s shoe-pounding (or -brandishing, depending on whom you ask) speech at the United Nations weeks before Khrushchev actually visited the United Nations. A particularly unlikely encounter occurs at a campsite near Alice, N.D., where a Shakespearean actor, mistaking Steinbeck for a fellow thespian, greets him with a sweeping bow, saying, “I see you are of the profession,” and then proceeds to talk about John Gielgud.

Even Steinbeck’s son John said he was convinced that his father never talked to many of the people he wrote about, and added, “He just sat in his camper and wrote all that [expletive].”
 

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Steinbeck, JohnAutoreautore primariotutte le edizioniconfermato
Álvarez Flórez, José ManuelTraduttoreautore secondarioalcune edizioniconfermato
Bianciardi, LucianoTraduttoreautore secondarioalcune edizioniconfermato
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Parini, JayIntroduzioneautore secondarioalcune edizioniconfermato
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When I was very young and the urge to be someplace else was on me, I was assured by mature people that maturity would cure this itch.
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No newspaper had printed the words these women shouted. It was indicated that they were indelicate, some even said obscene...But now I heard the words, bestial and filthy and degenerate. In a long and unprotected life I have seen and heard the vomitings of demoniac humans before. Why then did these screams fill me with a shocked and sickened sorrow?
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