On the long journey doubts were often my companions. I’ve always admired those reporters who can descend on an area, talk to key people, ask questions, take samplings of opinions, and then set down an orderly report very like a road map. I envy this technique and at the same time do not trust it as a mirror of reality. I feel that there are too may realities. What I set down here is true until someone else passes that way and rearranges the world in his own style. In literary criticism the critic has no choice but to make over the victim of his attention into something the size and shape of himself.
John Steinbeck from Travels with Charley
A recommended read for any Steinbeck admirer, fan of literary reflection and autobiographical works, or the enthused reader of high quality ‘on the road’ texts. Steinbeck sets out in a camper to rediscover America, which he believed had changed and that he had lost touch with it. Steinbeck’s use of language, descriptions and imagery of the unfolding landscape and the hubbub of cities are a testimony to his keen observations and his style of writing.