Travels with Charley in Search of America
“I've lost the flavor and taste and sound of it. I'm going to learn about my own country.”
That’s John Steinbeck himself, describing the impetus for his trip across America with his loyal dog Charley and trailer Rocinante, which went on to be cataloged and published as Travels with Charley. In his travels through almost 40 states, Steinbeck witnesses much that troubles him. And much that is beautiful. He waxes from the profound awe he experiences in the beauty of the landscape to bitterness at his old age and the state of racial turmoil in the union.
Ultimately, Travels with Charley, is about rediscovery. About going on a journey, experiencing the diversity of the world, asking questions, and learning to embrace life. We could all do with a little more of that.