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Travels with Charley: In Search of America

Travels with Charley: In Search of America

Travels with Charley: In Search of America is a 1962 travelogue written by American author John Steinbeck. It depicts a 1960 road trip around the United States made by Steinbeck, in the company of his standard poodle, Charley. Steinbeck wrote that he was moved by a desire to see his country on a personal level, since he made his living writing about it. He wrote of having many questions going into his journey, the main one being "What are Americans like today?" However, he found that he had concerns about much of the "new America" he witnessed.


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„A sad soul can kill you quicker, far quicker, than a germ.“

—  John Steinbeck, book Travels with Charley: In Search of America

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„I was born lost and take no pleasure in being found.“

—  John Steinbeck, book Travels with Charley: In Search of America

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„For how can one know color in perpetual green, and what good is warmth without cold to give it sweetness?“

—  John Steinbeck, book Travels with Charley: In Search of America

Variant: What good is the warmth of summer, without the cold of winter to give it sweetness.
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„You don't even know where I'm going."
"I don't care. I'd like to go anywhere.“

—  John Steinbeck, book Travels with Charley: In Search of America

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„A journey is like marriage. The certain way to be wrong is to think you control it.“

—  John Steinbeck, book Travels with Charley: In Search of America

Pt. 1
Travels With Charley: In Search of America (1962)
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„I find out of long experience that I admire all nations and hate all governments“

—  John Steinbeck, book Travels with Charley: In Search of America

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John Steinbeck photo

„We find after years of struggle that we do not take a trip; a trip takes us.“

—  John Steinbeck, book Travels with Charley: In Search of America

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„I suppose our capacity for self-delusion is boundless.“

—  John Steinbeck, book Travels with Charley: In Search of America

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„A question is a trap, and an answer your foot in it.“

—  John Steinbeck, book Travels with Charley: In Search of America

Pt. 4
Travels With Charley: In Search of America (1962)
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„I wonder why progress looks so much like destruction.“

—  John Steinbeck, book Travels with Charley: In Search of America

Pt. 3
Travels With Charley: In Search of America (1962)
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