Travels with Charley – John Steinbeck

Sometimes, as Herman Melville’s narrator in Moby-Dick says, there’s only one solution to feeling “grim about the mouth” and having “a damp, drizzly November” in your soul: travel. The novelist John Steinbeck felt it in 1960 and embarked on a roadtrip round America with his French poodle, Charley. Steinbeck wanted to reconnect to the real inhabitants of America; about Charley’s motives, we can only speculate. This is his account of the journey, told with a novelist’s eye and a novelist’s humour.

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