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Faithful Travellers: A Father, His Daughter, a Journey of the Heart Paperback – 3 Jun 1999


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  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Arrow Books Ltd; New edition edition (3 Jun 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0099277735
  • ISBN-13: 978-0099277736
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 2.2 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,814,423 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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James Dodson, author of the father-son golfing memoir Final Rounds, took his 7-year-old daughter, Maggie, on a cross-country camping and fishing trip soon after he and his wife announced their plans for an amicable divorce. The six-week interlude of father-daughter roaming creates a story that explores both the scenic vistas of the American West and the interior landscape of the heart.

As the two drive and fish and walk their old dog, Amos, Maggie asks her father difficult questions, and Dodson, between explaining heaven and the history of the West, tries to help her with the answers. He is a world-class know-it-all, quoting Plato and Emerson and Oscar Wilde as often as he sets up his daughter's fly rod. That said, he's also a long-time journalist, and his clear, nimble prose keeps this travel story humming along: "Old Blue cooled down and Amos hung his big head out the window to let the rushing wind flap his jowls," writes Dodson of one evening's drive. "Maggie sang along with Trisha Yearwood, a lovely torch song about somebody aching to hit the road after a love affair gone wrong, anxious to get out from under a rain cloud and find a way to live again ... the sound of my fishergirl's sweet voice made my anxiety begin to lift like Portland fog." --Maria Dolan --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 2 July 2002
Format: Paperback
This book is such a great book. It is a book I never wanted to put down and I have reread it numerous times and each time I have read it , it just gets better and more poignant. A remarkable piece of writing detailing a father's relationship with his young daughter on a 'get away from it all' trip across America after his divorce.
If there is one book all fathers read it is this book. Please read it!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mr. M. J. MCGEE on 1 Mar 2006
Format: Paperback
I found this wonderful book in a local charity shop, and I would have to say it is the best 40 pence I have ever spent. This is quite simply one of the most beautiful pieces of literature that I have ever read. 'Faithful Travellers' takes the reader from joy to tears as James Dodson mends his relationship with his seven-year-old daughter Maggie by taking her on a fly-fishing trip across America. The love between father and daughter is obvious from every page of this fabulous book. An unappreciated gem.
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By Mametz on 1 Dec 2011
Format: Paperback
Great read brought tears to my eyes. Very emotional. A must for every father and daughter. Dodson knows how to write.
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