- Paperback: 544 pages
- Publisher: Vintage (5 Mar. 2009)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0099469537
- ISBN-13: 978-0099469537
- Product Dimensions: 13 x 3.3 x 20 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,569,086 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Divine Magnetic Lands: A Journey in America Paperback – 5 Mar 2009
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"Displays both the startling lyricism and the patient reflection that have made his previous fictions so compelling ... At once a work of profound personal and collective memory" (Time Out)
"[O'Grady] writes beautifully of landscape... He is equally strong on history, politics and current affairs... There hasn't been a better book about America in years" (Daily Telegraph)
"While a cultural and literary journey, O'Grady's is also a political one, showing a country in denial thanks to an inert media intent on ingratiating itself with the powerful" (Guardian)
"O'Grady remains a noteworthy addition to the tradition [Max] Sebald pioneered, a tradition that mixes travel, history, fiction and introspection into the literary equivalent of a new world" (Independent)
"He is perceptive and knowledgeable and writes clear, easy prose...If you're travelling to the States anytime soon, this is a book to pack" (Metro)
'His routes are fresh and all his own. O'Grady writes wonderfully well on contemporary America. There is no better guide'
Top Customer Reviews
Along the way he encounters Musicians - Actors and writers as well as ordinary Americans variously jaded and disappointed at what The United States has become under George Bush's presidency. The exploration of such a vast subject area encompassing (culture - politics - religion - history and social study) is accomplished with keen perception and erudition making the book a compelling read - and a must for anyone with an interest in the United States.
On the Road
History of the American People
America in PassingMade in America
The Corporation: The Pathological Pursuit of Profit and Power
Make no mistake, there is good and valuable content in 'Divine Magnetic Lands', and I am glad to have read it: after all, I have read much worse on the subject in the past. Had there been no immediate comparison available, an extra star might have squeezed onto the tally. But there was, so it didn't.
I'll be packing 'Blue Highways' for the flight next week: it's a few years since I last read it.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
O'Grady is one of our unsung literary heroes. I love his writings. my copy is in pristine condition. wonderfulLove AmericaPublished 7 months ago by clady1
Certainly one of the best, no doubt about it. I bought another two copies to give as prezzies.
Move over Paul Theroux, let Timmy take over!
Divine Magnetic Lands: A Journey in America
The author is like a shadow man for most of the narrative. He is a vehicle for receiving impressions in cool, sober prose. Read more