Travels with Charley

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Travels with Charley by John Steinbeck,Jay Parini Summary

In 1960, when he was almost 60 years old, John Steinbeck set out to rediscover the United States, feeling he might have lost touch with its sights sounds and the essence of its people. This book decribes his travels in a pick-up truck across nearly 40 states with his dog Charlie, a French poodle.

Travels with Charley and Later Novels, 1947-1962

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Travels with Charley and Later Novels, 1947-1962 by John Steinbeck,Robert J. DeMott Summary

A final installment of a four-part collection of the classic American writer's works features his later novels, including The Wayward Bus, Burning Bright, Sweet Thursday, and The Winter of Our Discontent, in a volume that is complemented by his final published account, Travels with Charley.

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Travels with Charley in Search of America

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An intimate journey across and in search of America, as told by one of its most beloved writers, in a deluxe centennial edition In September 1960, 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. Travels with Charley in Search of America 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—Travels with Charley is a stunning evocation of America on the eve of a tumultuous decade. This Penguin Classics Deluxe Edition also features French flaps and deckle-edged paper. For more than sixty-five years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English-speaking world. With more than 1,500 titles, Penguin Classics represents a global bookshelf of the best works throughout history and across genres and disciplines. Readers trust the series to provide authoritative texts enhanced by introductions and notes by distinguished scholars and contemporary authors, as well as up-to-date translations by award-winning translators. From the Trade Paperback edition.

Steinbeck Centennial Editions

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The Centennial boxed set includes: East of Eden, The Grapes of Wrath, Of Mice and Men, Cannery Row, The Pearl, and Travels with Charley in Search of America. @IAmWithSam Lennie came back into the cabin with that look on his face and I said, Lennie, did you kill another woman? He told me he had done it again, he thought. Why do I get stuck with the dangerously disabled? Did Forrest Gump ever hurt anyone? From "Twitterature: The World's Greatest Books in Twenty Tweets or Less"

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Quicklet on John Steinbeck's Travels with Charley in Search of America (CliffNotes-like Summary) by David Shook Summary

ABOUT THE BOOK I came to John Steinbeck’s work through his novella The Pearl, a diminutive but dark allegory about a Native American pearl diver whose discovery of an enormous pearl hurls him and his family into a world of greed and its disastrous consequences. From The Pearl, I found Cannery Row, my favorite Steinbeck novel. From its first sentence, Steinbeck’s descriptions vibrate with the same energy and poetry that his eclectic cast of outcasts embody as they throw unauthorized parties and philosophize with Doc, based on Steinbeck’s real-life friend Ed Ricketts, on 1920s Monterey Bay, the American sardine capital at that time. “Cannery Row in Monterey in California is a poem, a stink, a grating noise, a quality of light, a tone, a habit, a nostalgia, a dream.” I turned next to Steinbeck’s nonfiction, attracted to Travels with Charley: In Search of America because of my own experiences on Routes 10 and 40, mostly heading west towards California, or back to Oklahoma or Texas to wait until I could go again. Like Steinbeck with his standard poodle Charley, I drove with my steadfast companion, Okie Doke, a considerably smaller pooch. MEET THE AUTHOR David Shook studied endangered languages in Oklahoma and poetry at Oxford. He's published essays about dancing with the President of Burundi and being detained in Equatorial Guinea, and his poetry, translations, and book reviews regularly appear in magazines like Ambit, Poetry, and World Literature Today. His most recent translations include Mario Bellatin’s novella Shiki Nagaoka: A Nose for Fiction, Roberto Bolano’s 1976 manifesto “Leave Everything, Again,” and the selected love poems of Isthmus Zapotec poet Victor Teran. His current writing projects include Kilometer Zero, a covertly filmed documentary about lost Equatoguinean poets, a miniature encyclopedia, and a collection of travel essays. Shook lives with his wife and chihuahua in Los Angeles, where he edits Molossus. He’s a competitive foosballer, miniature book collector, banjolele picker, and aspiring rapper. His moustache is sponsored by Oregon Wild Hair Moustache Wax, the most literary moustache wax in the world. EXCERPT FROM THE BOOK Steinbeck won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1962, two years after his driving tour across the continent and just months after the publication of Travels with Charley. His winning propelled Travels with Charley to the number one spot on the New York Times Best Seller List. In his acceptance speech he lauded “man’s proven capacity for greatness,” and challenged all writers to celebrate that greatness in their written work. For Steinbeck, that was literature’s ultimate purpose, and he compellingly articulated his opinion throughout his speech: “I hold that the writer who does not believe in the perfectibility of man has no dedication nor any membership in literature.” Born in Salinas, California on 27 February 1902, John Steinbeck witnessed man’s capacity for greatness in the fertile farmlands surrounding the agricultural hub town. While working those fields himself—notably in the company town of Spreckels, which boasted the world’s largest beet sugar processing plant—he witnessed many of man’s less noble attributes, including corporate and individual greed, the poor treatment of migrant workers, and the degradation of the physical environment, all themes he explored in his work. Buy a copy to keep reading!

American rigolos

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Durant son établissement en Nouvelle-Angleterre, après avoir vécu vingt ans en Angleterre, Bill Bryson se lance à la "redécouverte" de l'Amérique avec l'humour pour seule arme. Rien n'échappe à son sens de l'observation ni à son manque de sens pratique. Il lui faut guerroyer avec l'administration et les supermarchés, avec la publicité et les séries télé, avec l'informatique et le jardinage, avec les créatures de la forêt et son coiffeur, et même avec son épouse britannique, qui deviendra vite une Américaine accomplie.

La vie selon Juan Salvador, palmipède d'Uruguay

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La vie selon Juan Salvador, palmipède d'Uruguay by Tom MICHELL Summary

Les plus belles histoires sont celles qui transforment votre vie pour toujours. "Réconfortant et unique... difficile de ne pas avoir envie d'y être... L'histoire émouvante d'un voyage extraordinaire à l'autre bout du monde et d'une merveilleuse amitié entre un homme et son manchot." The Bookseller

L'homme au complet gris

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Dans la lignée de La Fenêtre panoramique de Richard Yates, un best-seller d'après-guerre aux États-Unis, oublié ensuite car jugé trop bourgeois par la vague hippie et enfin salué dans les années 80 comme une œuvre majeure. Traduit dans plus de vingt-cinq langues, adapté au cinéma en 1956, source d'inspiration de la série Mad Men, L'Homme au complet gris retrace l'émouvante trajectoire d'un homme tiraillé entre amour familial et ambition sociale, dans le Manhattan des années 50. Un livre culte. A New York, dans les années 1950 " Le complet gris ", c'est l'uniforme de l'Américain moyen, celui qui arrive tous les jours de sa banlieue pour travailler dans un quelconque gratte-ciel. Il est jeune encore, il a une femme et trois enfants, son travail ne l'intéresse pas beaucoup et la grande aventure de sa vie a été la guerre. Il a de l'ambition pourtant et en Amérique ambition égale argent ; il faut gagner beaucoup d'argent pour être un homme. Il accepte la situation d'avenir que lui offre un magnat de la télévision, mais cela veut dire de longues heures de travail, des absences, presque plus de vie de famille. Alors, non. L'homme s'aperçoit que son ambition, c'est de vivre en paix avec sa conscience et de vivre heureux auprès des siens. Et le destin lui donnera l'un et l'autre, une réussite qui ne sera pas une réussite sociale, mais une réussite humaine. Un livre bouleversant de tendresse, de vérité, d'émotion, un livre qui rend un son nouveau et inattendu dans la littérature américaine et que toute l'Amérique a salué comme un des meilleurs romans contemporains.

A John Steinbeck Encyclopedia

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A John Steinbeck Encyclopedia by Brian E. Railsback,Michael J. Meyer,University Michael Meyer Summary

Offers alphabetical and topical lists of entries, a Steinbeck chronology, an annotated list of Steinbeck archives, and an introductory essay by Steinbeck biographer Jackson J. Benson.

Settling the Borderland

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Settling the Borderland deals with the intimate connection between journalism and literature, both fields in which work by women has been underrepresented. This book has a twin focus: the work of journalists who became some of the greatest novelists, poets, and short-story writers of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries in America, several of whom are men, and contemporary journalists who best exemplify the effective use of literary techniques in news coverage. Although five women are emphasized here (Katherine Anne Porter, Eudora Welty, Joan Didion, Sara Davidson, and Susan Orlean), three men whose work was profoundly influenced by journalism also are included. Edgar Allan Poe, Walt Whitman, and John Steinbeck are well known as writers of poetry, short stories, and novels, but they, too, are among the "other voices" rarely included in studies of literary journalism. In Settling the Borderland, Jan Whitt presents a thorough analysis of the increasingly indistinct lines between truth and fiction and between fact and creative narrative in contemporary media.

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Travels with Charley by Mary B. Collins Summary

Essentially a complete teacher's manual for the novel, this LitPlan Teacher Pack includes lesson plans and reproducible resource materials for Travels With Charley by John Steinbeck. It includes: Daily Lessons, Short answer study questions, Multiple choice quiz questions, Vocabulary worksheets for each reading assignment, 3 detailed writing assignments, Individual and group activities, Critical thinking discussion questions, 5 unit tests (2 short answer, 2 multiple choice, 1 advanced), Evaluation forms, Review puzzles & games, Bulletin board ideas, Reproducible student materials, and more!

Voyages avec ma tante

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Voyages avec ma tante by Graham GREENE Summary

" Je rencontrai ma tante Augusta pour la première fois en plus d'un demi-siècle aux obsèques de ma mère. Ma mère avait près de quatre-vingt-six ans à sa mort ; ma tante était sa cadette de quelque onze ou douze ans. Deux ans plus tôt j'avais quitté la banque avec une retraite suffisante et une agréable "enveloppe'. La Westminster nous avait absorbés et ma succursale faisait double emploi. De l'avis général, j'avais de la chance. Pour ma part, je trouvais le temps long. Je n'ai jamais pris femme ; j'ai toujours mené une existence paisible; sauf un penchant pour les dahlias je n'ai pas de violon d'Ingres. Autant de raisons qui ajoutaient aux obsèques de ma mère un brin de piquant nullement déplaisant. " L'Orient-Express, Paris, Venise, Milan, Istanbul... Lorsque Tante Augusta fait irruption, tel un tourbillon, dans la vie d'Henry, celui-ci se laisse entraîner dans une folle poursuite à travers le monde. Un roman éblouissant, bijou d'humour et de cocasserie, de la première à la dernière page.

La République de l'imagination

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Cet essai très personnel part du principe que la fiction est en danger dans l’Amérique d’aujourd’hui, dans un monde ou les tweets et YouTube accaparent l’individu au détriment de son imaginaire. L’auteur associe ses souvenirs de lectures des grandes œuvres américaines à son itinéraire d’exilée qui, ayant dû quitter l’Iran, a choisi de devenir citoyenne des États-Unis, pays qu’elle a découvert grâce à ses romans. En relisant avec elle Huckleberry Finn ou Le cœur est un chasseur solitaire, le lecteur est amené à porter un regard neuf sur les œuvres fondatrices des États-Unis. Très inspirée par l’écrivain James Baldwin, elle nous engage à lire partout, en toutes circonstances, à la rejoindre dans cette République de l’imagination, pays sans frontières ni restrictions, ou le seul passeport requis est un esprit libre et un désir de rêver. « La littérature est délicieusement subversive, dit-elle, car elle enflamme l’imagination et défie le statu quo. » Marjane Satrapi dit à propos de ce livre : « Nous sommes tous citoyens de la République de l’imagination d’Azar Nafisi. Sans imagination, il n’y a pas de rêves. Sans rêves il n’y a pas d’art. Sans art, il n’y a rien. Ses mots sont essentiels. » Traduit de l’anglais par Marie-Hélène Dumas

Rêves arctiques

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Rêves arctiques by Barry LOPEZ Summary

“C’est l’histoire d’une conversation sans a?ge, non seulement entre nous, sur ce que nous avons l’intention d’entreprendre ou ce que nous voulons re?aliser, mais aussi avec cette terre – notre contemplation et notre admiration devant un orage sur la prairie, devant la cre?te de?coupe?e d’une jeune montagne ou devant l’essor soudain des canards au-dessus d’un lac isole?. Nous nous sommes raconte? l’histoire de ce que nous repre?sentons sur cette terre depuis 40 000 ans. Je crois qu’au cœur de cette histoire repose une simple et durable certitude : il est possible de vivre avec sagesse sur la Terre, et d’y vivre bien.” Re?compense? en 1986 par le National Book Award, le plus prestigieux prix litte?raire ame?ricain, Re?ves arctiques est un classique magique et intemporel.

Au dieu inconnu

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Joseph Wayne et ses frères Thomas, Burbon et Benjamin vont exploiter une grande ferme en Californie. Bien que Joseph ne soit pas l'aîné des frères Wayne, c'est lui que tout le monde reconnaît comme le chef de famille. Il est fort, tranquille et juste. C'est à lui d'ailleurs que son père, le vieux John Wayne, a donné sa bénédiction solennelle, tout comme un patriarche de la Bible. John Steinbeck ne se borne pas à faire vivre des personnages d'une grandeur tragique, mais il décrit aussi avec une poésie puissante les paysages splendides de la Californie et retrace les difficultés des pionniers du début du siècle.

Les Pâturages du Ciel

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En Californie, entre Salinas et Monterey, des familles de fermiers vivent prospères et paisibles. La terre est riche et facile à travailler, les fruits des jardins sont les plus beaux de Californie. John Steinbeck décrit ces familles avec tendresse et humour. Le même paysage rassemble des personnages très divers qui, sous le même ciel, construisent un rêve intimement mêlé à la terre, aux fleurs, aux animaux, au grand souffle cosmique des saisons.