Inspired by John Steinbeck's classic Travels with Charley
, author Peter Zheutlin took his 75-pound rescue Lab mix, Albie, on a six-week journey across America, which he chronicles in The Dog Went Over the Mountain: Travels with Albie: An American Journey (Pegasus, $27.95, 9781643132013, audio/eBook available).
Six decades ago, in Travels With Charley
, John Steinbeck chronicled a 10,000-mile trip in a custom-fitted pickup with his pooch Charley, from Long Island to Maine to the Pacific Northwest, California, New Orleans and back to New York, in search of the America he feared he'd lost.
I'll bet almost everyone who read his book about that journey, "Travels with Charley
," allowed themselves the dream of one day driving across the country to experience all it has to offer.
Their travel through our state is slow and deliberate and is the kind of travel that leads to a love affair with the state that John Steinbeck realized several decades ago in his book, "Travels With Charley
As Hershel quotes Travels with Charley
to Rick: "A sad soul kills quicker than any germ".
The debilitating effects first showed up, John explained, in the 1962 Travels with Charley
, Steinbeck's last attempt to get in touch with America.
Steinbeck's TRAVELS WITH CHARLEY
IN SEARCH OF AMERICA (9780142429198, $29.95) receives a fine reading by Gary Sinise, who spices and embellishes a vivid story of the author and his poodle Charley, who journey across America.
The area was the scene of one of the most dubious moments in Travels With Charley
. Steinbeck wrote that he and his French poodle, Charley, camped overnight somewhere "near Alice" by the Maple River, where he just happened to meet an itinerant Shakespearean actor who also just happened to be camping in the middle of the middle of nowhere.
A chance encounter with a copy of John Steinbeck's 1962 Travels with Charley
: In Search of America (1962), which he read decades earlier as a teenager, inspired the context of his homeward journey, a meandering cross-country road trip from New York City to San Francisco, and the subject of his latest book.
"Travels with Charley
in Search of America" by John Steinbeck.
JOHN STEINBECK'S son Thomas is to be the executive producer of Travels with Charley
, a film based on Steinbeck's 1961 book about his travels around America.