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Driving Home: An American Journey

by Jonathan Raban

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Spanning two decades, Driving home charts a course through the Pacific Northwest, American history, and current events as witnessed by "a super-sensitive, all-seeing eye." (Newsweek). Frank, witty, and provocative, Driving home is part essay collection, part diary--and irresistibly insightful about America's character, contradictions, and idiosyncrasies.… (more)
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Not all the essays are as compelling as some, but the writing is masterful. ( )
  PattyLee | Dec 14, 2021 |
Well, how to describe 600 pages of unclassifyable personal memoirs, literary criticism (and visual art), sociological pieces and political statements, of historical chronicles and a bit of travel wrting thrown in? I can't, and maybe that is the problem I had with the collection itself. The writing, style, wittiness is pure Raban, as good as he comes (and that is good!), and many pieces are undeniably little gems (even though I can only comprehend his book rewievs after having read the book, and even then, often struggle) - even the political articles, now almost two terms behind, still ring true), but the combination and the sorting of the pieces resemble a thrift shop (Hey, let's put all the unsorted, unsortable writings together in a big'un to get some money out of them at all) , which doesn't normally do justice to little gems, does it? And since so much seems put in at random, there is a growing feeling of repetition as one guzzles up the pages. (After having read his other books, I feel I'm sufficiently informed about the social/geographical divide in Washington State or the hopelessness of homesteads in semi-arid regions and how they got there at all.
I have now exhausted, it seems, non-fictional (or semi-fictional, for his travel ewritings) Raban, but am reluctant to turn to his novels. Will the inventor of stories be as good as the observer was?
  Kindlegohome | May 21, 2016 |
Although I enjoyed this book, I was glad I got it from the library rather than buying it, because more of the book than I thought reasonable consisted of a mishmash of unrelated book reviews and essays. But when on topic, I enjoyed Jonathan Raban's ruminations on his adopted home of Seattle, and on the wider Pacific Northwest. ( )
  timjones | Dec 5, 2015 |
Paul wrote his Tao of Travel. This is Jonathan's.
  John_Vaughan | Nov 11, 2011 |
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Then he says: "Julia seemed to have found in the waves something grandly commensurate to her own oceanic turbulence." This is a rich Melvillean image, nested within 600 relentlessly intelligent pages of erudite, acerbic, witty and combative prose: a small child on a wild Pacific beach, cheering on the waves, recognising in their sheer destructive power something grandly commensurate with her own inner turbulence.
 
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Spanning two decades, Driving home charts a course through the Pacific Northwest, American history, and current events as witnessed by "a super-sensitive, all-seeing eye." (Newsweek). Frank, witty, and provocative, Driving home is part essay collection, part diary--and irresistibly insightful about America's character, contradictions, and idiosyncrasies.

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