Moving through the woods and deserts, dirt tracks and highways to large cities and glorious wildernesses, the author observed America, and the Americans who inhabited it. What he saw was a lonely, generous nation too packed with individuals for single judgements; what he saw made him proud, angry, sympathetic and elated.
In 1960, when he was almost 60 years old, John Steinbeck set out to rediscover his native land. He felt that he might have lost touch with its sights, sounds and the essence of its people. Accompanied only by a distinguished French poodle named Charley, he travelled all across the United States in a three-quarter-ton pick-up truck equipped with miniature ship's cabin and named Rocinante. His course took him through almost 40 states. He saw things that made him proud, angry, sympathetic and elated, all of which is related with remarkable honesty and insight. The book was was first published in 1962.
Nobel Prize-winning author John Steinbeck is remembered as one of the greatest and best-loved American writers of the twentieth century. His novels have been huge best-selllers in the UK for many years. Steinbeck's complete works will be available in Penguin Modern Classics.
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