Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Book Club Talks About Travelling

Our selection for last night's meeting was "Travels with Charley" by John Steinbeck. I loved the idea of reading a travel book while I was travelling the past couple of weeks. This short paperback is much lighter than Steinbeck's other novels, but his writing style and philosophy for the "underdog" still shine through (pun intended). The "Charley" is his French poodle and the tales are from his 1960 trip across America. He meets all sorts of interesting people and paints a scene of our country on the brink of civil rights struggle and sexual revolution. Great discussion ensued since our book club group has members of differing ages. As usual, I picked up on the author's most witty phrases and choice wording, such as: “We find after years of struggle that we do not take a trip; a trip takes us.”

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