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Blue Highways: A Journey into America (1982)

Tekijä: William Least Heat Moon

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Hailed as a masterpiece of American travel writing, Blue Highways is an unforgettable journey along our nation's backroads. William Least-Heat-Moon set out with little more than the need to put home behind him and a sense of curiosity about "those little towns that get on the map--if they get on at all--only because some cartographer has a blank space to fill: Remote, Oregon; Simplicity, Virginia; New Freedom, Pennsylvania; New Hope, Tennessee; Why, Arizona; Whynot Mississippi." His adventures, his discoveries, and his recollections of the extraordinary people he encountered along the way amount to a revelation of the true American experience.… (lisätietoja)
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I've read many travelogues over the years. Some were bad, some were good, some were so good they made me anxious to take a similar journey (and sometimes I did). Of them all, this is the best.

It's William Least Heat Moon's circumnavigation of the United States, all the while avoiding the sterile super-highways usual for that purpose and trying to stay on the blue roads ... the secondary thoroughfares colored blue on road atlases before we all became reliant on GPS.

It's not just that he has a gift for a turn of phrase—a waitress with a "grudge of a face." Nor that he can describe the natural world so well that you can picture it—the Pine Barrens "six hundred fifty thousand acres (equal to Grand Canyon National Park) ... pitch pines and oaks and white cedars ... cranberry bogs and fields of high-bush blueberries opening the woods ... a stream [where] tannins had turned the transparent water the color of cherry cola .. a silence as if civilization had disappeared." Not even that he knows us—Americans—so well: "You might as well ask [the American traveler] to share his toothbrush as his bathroom."

It's all that plus a perfect blend of "This is what I saw" and "This is whom I met." It's a picture of place and people, many of them gone or going now. Colorful, rich, full of stories about how things got the way they are now, the people that embraced the changes and those who resisted them.

And you learn how to rate diners by the number of calendars on wall.

Absolutely read it. ( )
  TadAD | Jun 28, 2024 |
I read this in the 80's, around the time it was first published. I remember liking it a lot although for some reason I no longer had my copy. So I recently bought another one, thinking it would be a good time to read it again.
I hated it. Read half way through and decided I had had enough. The guy is full of himself. No one is a real traveler but him. Anyone not in a cheap self-customized van is a tourist and tourists are not OK. Taking photos is not OK -- only for tourists. I didn't want to pick it up and when I did, I couldn't wait to put it down, and finally decided to move on, so to speak. ( )
  dvoratreis | May 22, 2024 |
A classic American road trip. Since author William Least Heat Moon is Osage, he’s about as classic American as you can get. In something of a funk over loss of his job and deterioration of his marital relationship, he packs a sleeping bag and some cooking equipment in his van and heads out, passing through Nameless, Tennessee; Ninety-Six, South Carolina; Dime Box, Texas; Shelby, Montana; and miscellaneous other cities, towns, and villages. Least Heat Moon mostly stays on the fringes of the country; he covers the center in a later book, Prairy Earth.

He stops and talks everywhere, and people open up to him; and he does a lot of self-contemplation, thus making this as much an autobiography as a travel book; in fact there isn’t that much description of geography (although there’s quite a bit of history). This is an easy and rewarding read; recommended. ( )
1 ääni setnahkt | Dec 12, 2023 |
One of the first audio books I ever "read," back when they were on cassette. I practically fell in love with William Least Heat-moon , and I am pretty sure he was a big influence on my back-roads adventuring ways. ( )
  Kim.Sasso | Aug 27, 2023 |
This was another buddy read with my dad, since we enjoyed PrairyErth so much. William Least Heat-Moon is an excellent writer, and there are so many beautiful turns of phrase and fascinating observations here. I did not enjoy it quite as much as PrairyErth, however. Part of that is just my attachment to the prairie (oh, I lit up when we got to his descriptions of the northern prairie in this book!), but part of it lies in Heat-Moon's attitude toward women, surely colored by the fact that this entire trip was in no small part motivated by the collapse of his relationship.

This sexist feeling isn't everywhere or even a constant theme, but it shows up often enough that it really started to drag on me. There are a couple (at least) of men who, when telling their life stories, spend a lot of time blaming women for their sorry states, and Heat-Moon listens sympathetically. Then when he picks up a young woman hitchhiking, who describes the objectively abusive home life she is fleeing, he argues with her, telling her it couldn't have been all bad, and maintains a disapproving attitude. Then there are the number of times women are described based primarily on their attractiveness, including some random speculation on what one woman (who does not flirt with him in any way) would be like in bed. YES, I GET IT. YOU ARE PROCESSING YOUR FAILED/FAILING RELATIONSHIP, BUT I AM HERE FOR THE DESCRIPTIONS OF AMERICANA, CAN WE NOT MAKE THEM SO ENTANGLED WITH YOUR FEMALE BAGGAGE, PLEASE?

That said, there was so much to love in this book. Scenes that spring to mind are the conversations on racism in the Deep South, the observations on sovereign lands in Northern Arizona, the bit on hang-gliding, the hitchhiking Seventh Day Adventist, the guy who ran a maple syrup operation. All of these tiny little hyper-local ways of life that are mostly inconceivable to people living a few states away. Amazing. ( )
  greeniezona | May 29, 2023 |
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[William Least] Heat Moon climbed into his Econoline van and drove 12,000 miles down the back roads of America — and recorded it all in this big, richly detailed book. ... Heat Moon writes from the perspective of "a contaminated man who will be trusted by neither red nor white." His Indian mind feels an especially violent antipathy to the wasteland of ecocidal capitalism, but his white mind knows how tenuous his red roots are. ... An immensely appealing performance.
lisäsi Roycrofter | muokkaaKirkus Reviews (Dec 8, 1982)
 

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This book is for the wife of the Chief and for the Chieftain too. In love.
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A frog, long-leggedy and green, belly-flopped across the road to the side where the puddles would be better. The land, still cold and wintery, was alive with creatures that trusted in the coming of spring.
Life doesn’t happen along interstates. It’s against the law.
At the Huntingburg exit, I turned off and headed for the Ohio River. Indiana 66, a road so crooked it could run for the legislature....
IT’S an old debate here: Is bluegrass indigenous to Kentucky or did it come accidentally to America as padding to protect pottery shipped from England?
The lawns went from Vertagreen bluegrass to thin fescue to hard-packed dirt glinting with fragments of glass, and the lawn ornaments changed from birdbaths to plastic flamingoes and donkeys to broken-down automobiles with raised hoods like tombstones.
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Hailed as a masterpiece of American travel writing, Blue Highways is an unforgettable journey along our nation's backroads. William Least-Heat-Moon set out with little more than the need to put home behind him and a sense of curiosity about "those little towns that get on the map--if they get on at all--only because some cartographer has a blank space to fill: Remote, Oregon; Simplicity, Virginia; New Freedom, Pennsylvania; New Hope, Tennessee; Why, Arizona; Whynot Mississippi." His adventures, his discoveries, and his recollections of the extraordinary people he encountered along the way amount to a revelation of the true American experience.

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