Travels With Charley Summary
Travels With Charley written by John Steinbeck has been critiqued a lot by readers. Many of those who have read the book and have written reviews on it have found a lot of the same things in the book that make it stand out. Paul McCarthy said in his review, “this book isn’t intended to be scientific, poetic, or speculative, and isn’t a collaboration. It’s quite simply a relaxed, episodic account of one man’s travels with his native land.” This thought was very true, and the other authors of the review books felt the same way. One of the main examples on how the reviewers thought alike came about when they said Steinbeck wrote the book in an honest way. He didn’t “sugar coat” anything. The things that he saw along the way of his journey were told t
For an example Steinbeck said, "I saw the best of minds of my generation destroyed by madness. " He also turned around and talked about New England saying, "The prettiest in the whole nation, neat and white painted, and unchanged for a hundred years. The reason being so, is that he took the reader along with him on his trip, and when it ended, the book did, just as if you were along for the journey. It focuses on intentions and achievements, much different than any other "fairy tale" type of book. o us, the readers, just as he saw them, and he told us his exact opinions on what he encountered too. This wasn"tmt surprising for him though, because he said that Steinbeck has done it before with his books, such as The Sea of Cortez. Some reviewers thought that he concluded it where he should have. I thought that was a very thoughtful thing to say about the conclusion of the book. Little did they know they were only coming to the end of the journey along with him, which is no real conclusion like most other books, it"tms simply a since of accomplishment. There is always going to be pros and cons to almost anything. For instance, he would tell us about the roadside cafe, gas stations that he saw and campgrounds, which all are very realistic things. He also used wonderful descriptions, such as telling us every little thing that he saw. It"tms unlike any other book, and it drags the reader"tms attention because the reader flat out is looking for what the book is coming too. Steinbeck seems to have been just as anxious in ending his book as he was to complete his trip.