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Blue Highways by William Least Heat Moon

Blue Highways (original 1982; edition 1983)

by William Least Heat Moon

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Title:Blue Highways
Authors:William Least Heat Moon
Info:Fawcett (1983), Edition: First Edition, Mass Market Paperback
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Tags:travel, USA, wrdrbl4, read

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Blue Highways: A Journey into America by William Least Heat-Moon (1982)

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A great meandering travelogue. Backroads America at its best. ( )
  Nero56 | Apr 7, 2015 |
A bit dated, but nonetheless a cool travelogue. ( )
  ginger.hewitt | Jan 20, 2015 |
Blue Highways is a perfect companion to a certain kind of travel — the kind where you don't know where you're going, but know you don't want to be where you have been. The book is also masterfully written, with a kind of postmodernist circling about (what is the meaning of travel, of life?) punctuated by a wealth of ecological and historical knowledge about places. They balance each other well, so that the book isn't just an encyclopedia of minutia, nor a tiresome epistemological navel-gazer. ( )
  bexaplex | Jun 24, 2014 |
It's funny how reading the book takes me to the places I am most familiar with by the end of the book. I've been to the places in New England he talks about and by this time, the rest of the country feels like a strange land.
Overall, a insight from a perspective we rarely see, and a flavor that makes the commonplace seem so much stranger. The stories of the people he meets are the best part, and the scarcity is not unfamiliar, it is sometimes hard to get people to trust you when you are just passing through, although, sometimes that can be a freeing opportunity. ( )
  Con.Rad | May 6, 2014 |
loved it! I will read it again. ( )
  ava-st-claire | Feb 21, 2014 |
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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.
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First published in 1982, William Least Heat-Moon's account of his journey along the back roads of the United States (marked with the color blue on old highway maps) has become something of a classic. When he loses his job and his wife on the same cold February day, he is struck by inspiration: "A man who couldn't make things go right could at least go. He could quit trying to get out of the way of life. Chuck routine. Live the real jeopardy of circumstance. It was a question of dignity."

Driving cross-country in a van named Ghost Dancing, Heat-Moon (the name the Sioux give to the moon of midsummer nights) meets up with all manner of folk, from a man in Grayville, Illinois, "whose cap told me what fertilizer he used" to Scott Chisholm, "a Canadian citizen ... [who] had lived in this country longer than in Canada and liked the United States but wouldn't admit it for fear of having to pay off bets he made years earlier when he first 'came over' that the U.S. is a place no Canadian could ever love." Accompanied by his photographs, Heat-Moon's literary portraits of ordinary Americans should not be merely read, but savored.

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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.… (more)

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