Book Review | Travels with Charley: In Search of America

Travels with Charley
Travels with Charley

I may have said this before, and if so, it is still true as before.  You can’t go wrong with Steinbeck.  Maybe it is because I’m a California boy myself, but for practical damn good books, Steinbeck is the man!

I read Travels with Charley the best possible way.  While I was unable to recreate the journey that Steinbeck takes in the book, I was able to listen to the audiobook while traveling up the California coast.  The best part of my trip, aside from listening to some great writing was that I got to stop at the Steinbeck museum.  That’s right, he has his own museum.  He is the only American writer to have his own museum in America.

Rocinante
Rocinante

Rocinante is what Steinbeck named his truck that he traveled in.  It is also the name on Don Quixote’s horse.  The museum in Salinas has his truck on display even including a replica of his dog Charley in the front passenger seat.  You can also see the inside of the camper (shown below):

Rocinante Inside
Rocinante Inside

The book was marvelous.  I heartily give it a 5/5.  Again, it follows Steinbeck on a trip across America.  A trip he felt he needed to take to reacquaint himself with the American people.  He felt he had lost his relationship with the common man and the trip was a way to rekindle that relationship.

More on the RV Obsession

Rocinante
Rocinante

A strange thing happened yesterday when I was updating my book list using Goodreads.  All the books I had read since February were not listed.  I was missing a bunch.  Among them some of the key reasons I may be obsessed with RVing right now…Travels with Charley.  We listened to this on a recent trip up the coast.  For those of you not familiar it’s a non-fiction work where Steinbeck travels across the US in a ….wait for it….RV!  He called his RV Rocinante after the horse in Don Quixote.

Rocinante Inside
Rocinante Inside

We also visited his museum in Salinas.  On that trip, we also stopped at an Autocamp, where you can stay in an airstream overnight.  That was a blast, but I didn’t care for the shower.

Airstream
Airstream

So again, more reviews yet to come, but I thought I would mention this little thing in a follow-up post.  Happy Thanksgiving all!

Review: The Red Pony

The Red Pony
The Red Pony

I read The Red Pony by John Steinbeck as part of a summer reading program.  It was a great quick read. Always a good story to be had with Steinbeck. And this one has four! I’m looking forward to find out what happens to Jody when he grows up and if he and Black Demon are as good buddies and he thought.

Steinbeck has long been one of my favorite writers.  In my opinion you can not go wrong choosing to read one of his books.

The Red Pony Book Cover The Red Pony
John Steinbeck
Juvenile Fiction
Penguin UK
March 3, 2011
Paperback
128
Library

Young Jody Tiflin lives on his father's California ranch. He is thrilled when his father gives him a red pony, and later promises him the colt of a bay mare. Both these gifts bring joy to Jodi's life - but tragedy soon follows. As Jodi begins to learn the harsh lessons of life and death, he starts to understand what growing-up and becoming an adult really means.