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Travels With Lizbeth: Three Years on the Road and on the Streets

by Lars Eighner

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If you had to pick one book that would inform you about the life of the homeless this would be it. It has to be said that Eighner can only speak of, and not from, the lowest rungs of the homeless situation, the space occupied by the drug addicts, drunks and thieves. But he observed them at much closer quarters than many, and shared many of their discomforts - and it has to be said - small joys in life. Eighner overcomes his disadvantages of intelligence, honesty and sobriety and lives in the world of despair without ever quite despairing and comes back with a tale to tell the rest of us. And the story of Lizzy, his faithful dog, who as much as the author makes this book worth reading and treasuring. Be warned though, there's some graphic sex which might render this book unsuitable for younger readers. All up, Eigner's writing is extraordinarily fine, and the message is as powerful as Orwell's 'Down and Out in Paris and London', just updated for our times. Highly recommended. ( )
  nandadevi | Jan 20, 2014 |
A story of the overall experience of a man who spent 3 years living on the streets of Austin and LA with his dog. He writes short stories for a living and the book is well written and interesting though it seemed to contain an inordinate number of typographical errors. His resourcefulness is amazing and I enjoyed the chapter on the particulars of dumpster scavenging and its risks and rewards. I did have to remind myself multiple times that this book, written from the perspective of a gay male, takes place in the 80s and times and attitudes have changed considerably in the last 20+ years. Though his total distrust of and disdain for the medical profession and social workers was a little hard to stomach for someone who works in those fields.
  barefeet4 | Mar 9, 2012 |
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  dleona | Feb 3, 2011 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0449909433, Paperback)

"Remarkable . . . irresistibly funny." The New Yorker
The true story of a modern Robinson Crusoe and Huckleberry Finn, a homeless man and his erstwhile companion, a dog named Lizbeth, and their unbelievable, funny and poignant adventures on the road and on the streets.

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"Lars Eighner's account of his descent into homelessness and his adventures on the streets has for twenty years moved, charmed, and amused readers. A beautifully written account of one man's experience of homelessness, a story of physical survival, and the triumph of the artistic spirit in the face of enormous adversity."--Page 4 of cover.… (more)

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