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Blue Highways: A Journey into America (1982)

par 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.… (plus d'informations)
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This was an important book to me as a younger adult, first hardcover book I ever purchased. I loved every page, and hope to re-read it one of these days. We follow along on the author's journey around the United States, as he navigates the slower roads, and also discovers so much about himself. ( )
  Whitecat82 | Jan 25, 2022 |
Part travelogue, part spiritual journey. In the late ‘70s Wm Least Heat-Moon took to the back roads, the ones shown in blue on the maps, for a cross country trip through rural America. What he found became this narrative about the unique cultures and colorful histories of the small towns he traveled through along the way. For my part, what I found was skepticism that total strangers would freely share their personal philosophies with him and even invite him into their homes. But I don’t remember feeling that way when I first read this almost forty years ago so maybe it just shows how times have changed ( )
  wandaly | Sep 7, 2021 |
As the cover of the book proclaims, this book really is a true masterpiece. I loved every minute of our journey on the blue highways of America and meeting all the small-town, backwoods Americans.

The book has a map of the route and the author is very good at storytelling, historical information, and also very good at saying what road he's on and what town he's in.

It's everything I want in a travel book. Details, details, details. ( )
  Jinjer | Jul 19, 2021 |
playaway version by recorded books (c1986?). Interesting vignettes read by the talented Frank Muller; I listened to this at least 4 times, using it to fall asleep. ( )
  reader1009 | Jul 3, 2021 |
I have finally read this book! It has been in my basement for a number of years. It was recommended to me by my sister and when I ran across a copy, I bought it. It's the story of a man who drove across the US in his van, avoiding interstates whenever possible and talking to people along the way. He wanted to see America before it all got paved over with shopping malls and all the mom-and-pops were run out of town and sometimes it was too late.

I spent quite a bit of time reading this book. It didn't seem like a book to be rushed, although I admit I did a bit of rushed reading at the end because I was eager to finish it. For most of the book, I read just a few chapters at a time. It took the author many months to travel across the country and I didn't feel the need to read it quickly.

William Least Heat-Moon meets some interesting characters as he travels through the small towns of America. He seems to be a bit of a character himself. The entire time I'm reading this, I'm thinking "He sleeps in his van all across the US? Is that a seventies thing? Could someone do that now? What about bathing? Is that why sometimes people look at him askance? What would I think if I saw him today on this journey? Would I be a nice stranger or one of those that gave him a weird look?"

I learned a lot of things about the country that I didn't know before. The author appeared to be in a melancholy state of mind as he did this journey (he had just lost his job and his marriage). Sometimes reading it was relaxing, other times it was disturbing.

At the end, I wanted him to find what he was looking for, but as he said he didn't know if he had learned what he wanted to know because he didn't know what he wanted to know. ( )
  Chica3000 | Dec 11, 2020 |
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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.
ajouté par Roycrofter | modifierKirkus Reviews (Dec 8, 1982)
 

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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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