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Old Glory: A Voyage down the Mississippi (Vintage departures) Paperback – 1 Jun 1998

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  • Paperback: 409 pages
  • Publisher: Vintage Books; 1st Vintage Departures Ed edition (Jun. 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0375701001
  • ISBN-13: 978-0375701009
  • Product Dimensions: 13.2 x 2.3 x 20.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
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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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This was right in the middle of my range of preferred reading. I enjoyed it for the first half, but it became slightly repetitive thereafter. Good value though.
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4.0 out of 5 stars I like everything Raban writes 18 July 2016
By Wayne J. Anderson - Published on Amazon.com
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I like everything Raban writes, especially "Passage to Juneau". One of the better books I have ever read on the Inside Passage. Raban has a great way with words. I recently did a river trip in a friends yacht and had hoped for more detailed information on the river. Old Glory talks mostly about the people he meets on his voyage and while interesting I found it somewhat depressing to read about the people he met along the way. I still found it interesting, just not as great as "Passage to Juneau", which I thought outstanding.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Good book..But.... 25 July 2013
By Heartland - Published on Amazon.com
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I enjoyed this book a lot. I am a midwesterner and have always liked river towns and this book takes you there. Also, I know some of this country first hand...the northern portions especially. And this book takes you there and one feels that one is on the river with him... and learning much about it all the way.

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.
5.0 out of 5 stars A moody, swilling Englishman musing on a moody river 26 Sept. 2015
By Fire Boy - Published on Amazon.com
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The vision and the voyage of the author intrigued me geographically and culturally. Written by an unhappy man and who, unfortunately, seeks out and illuminates the darker sides of other unhappy people to focus upon their bigoted worldviews. The writing was interesting as his consistency in viewing peoples' darker sides indicated an undercurrent of American xenophobia most likely amplified by his own fears of being an alien in America.

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.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Agonizingly negative 23 Mar. 2015
By Bryan Lowe - Published on Amazon.com
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A few chapters in...and so far it is, as others indicate, agonizingly negative. Life is short, don't waste it looking at a glass that's never seen a drop. Steer clear and give this one a wide berth.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Old Glory: A voyage down the Mississipppi 10 Nov. 2012
By dave.lima - Published on Amazon.com
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In 1979, at the age of 37, Jonahan Raban realised a boyhood dream, inspired by reading 'Hucklebery Finn', of traveling alone by small boat down the Mississippi. 'Old Glory' is the story of that voyage, but on another level, it is a series of snapshots of the American South as it emerged from racial segregation. Like Paul Theroux, Raban is a master at evoking lndscapes and places. There are also many characers in the book, presumably real people, and if I have a criticism, it is that at times the book reads like a novel; I felt that the boundary between reporting and fiction (or reconstructed memory) became blurred in a few passages.

Raban has a sure touch with language and anyone who likes good travel writing will enjoy this book, and others by the same author.
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