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Old Glory: A Voyage down the Mississippi (Vintage departures) Paperback – 1 Jun 1998
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The author of Bad Land realizes a lifelong dream as he navigates the waters of the Mississippi River in a spartan sixteen-foot motorboat, producing yet another masterpiece of contemporary American travel writing. In the course of his voyage, Raban records the mercurial caprices of the river and the astonishingly varied lives of the people who live along its banks. Whether he is fishing for walleye or hunting coon, discussing theology in Prairie Du Chien or race relations in Memphis, he is an expert observer of the heartyland's estrangement from America's capitals ot power and culture, and its helpless nostalgia for its lost past. Witty, elegaic, and magnificently erudite, Old Glory is as filled with strong currents as the Mississippi itself.
About the Author
Jonathan Raban lives in Seattle, Washington.
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However, the book is almost spoiled by the author's very-English and bitterly anti-American mentality. He seems obsessed with portraying Americans as racist. (Would he point out tribal flaws of the English or other peoples?) Perhaps the real problem is that he does not seem to be the happiest person.
I believe, he now lives in Seattle. The weather should perfectly fit his mood.
I am currently reading "Hunting Mr. Heartbreak," by Raban (you really should read this one). That would be my fifth book that he has written. He may be an alien, but he is a most reflective writer that describes personal and American issues with insight, humor and unabashed candor.
Raban has a sure touch with language and anyone who likes good travel writing will enjoy this book, and others by the same author.