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Hunting Mr. Heartbreak: A Discovery of America

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Awards

A New York Times Notable Book

Synopses & Reviews

Publisher Comments:

In 1782 an immigrant with the high-toned name J. Hector St. John de Crèvecoeur — "Heartbreak" in English — wrote a pioneering account of one European's transformation into an American. Some two hundred years later Jonathan Raban, winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award, arrived in Crèvecoeur's wake to see how America has paid off for succeeding generations of newcomers. The result is an exhilarating, often deliciously funny book that is at once a travelogue, a social history, and a love letter to the United States.

In the course of Hunting Mr. Heartbreak, Raban passes for homeless in New York and tries to pass for a good ol' boy in Alabama (which entails "renting" an elderly black lab). He sees the Protestant work ethic perfected by Korean immigrants in Seattle — one of whom celebrates her new home as "So big! So green! So wide-wide-wide!" — and repudiated by the lowlife of Key West. And on every page of this peerlessly observant work, Raban makes us experience America with wonder, humor, and an unblinking eye for its contradictions.

Review:

"In an era of jet tourism, [Jonathan Raban] remains a traveler-adventurer in the tradition of...Robert Louis Stevenson." The New York Times Book Review

Review:

"Raban delivers himself of some of the most memorable prose ever written about urban America." Henry Kisor, Chicago Sun-Times

Review:

"When Raban describes America and Americans, he is unfailingly witty and entertaining." Salman Rushdie

Review:

"[A] wonderfully observant, often hilarious book..." Publishers Weekly

Synopsis:

If a new text is ever added to the syllabus for citizenship classes, it ought to be this marvelous work of travel writing, social commentary, and road comedy by Jonathan Raban, author of the National Book Award-winning bestseller Bad Land.

In Hunting Mr. Heartbreak Raban follows the footsteps of Hector St. John de Crèvecoeur — "Heartbreak" in English — who, in 1782, wrote the pioneering account of the immigrant experience in America. In adapting Mr. Heartbreak's journey for our time, Raban passes for homeless in Manhattan and tries to pass for a good ol' boy in Alabama. He sees the Protestant work ethic perfected by Koreans in Seattle and cheerfully repudiated by the lowlife of Key West. With wonder, humor, and an unblinking eye for its contradictions, Raban makes readers experience a fresh America.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780375701016
Author:
Raban, Jonathan
Publisher:
Vintage Books USA
Author:
Raban, Jonathan
Location:
New York :
Subject:
Description and travel
Subject:
History
Subject:
United states
Subject:
United States - General
Subject:
United States - 20th Century (1945 to present)
Subject:
Travel
Subject:
Essays & Travelogues
Subject:
British
Subject:
Atlantic ocean
Subject:
Atlantic Ocean Description and travel.
Subject:
United States - 20th Century (1945 to 2000)
Subject:
United States Description and travel.
Subject:
United States Social life and customs.
Subject:
Travel Writing-General
Copyright:
Edition Number:
Reprint ed.
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series:
Vintage Departures
Publication Date:
November 1998
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
384
Dimensions:
8 x 5.25 x .8 in .9063 lb

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Product details 384 pages Vintage Books USA - English 9780375701016 Reviews:
"Review" by , "In an era of jet tourism, [Jonathan Raban] remains a traveler-adventurer in the tradition of...Robert Louis Stevenson."
"Review" by , "Raban delivers himself of some of the most memorable prose ever written about urban America."
"Review" by , "When Raban describes America and Americans, he is unfailingly witty and entertaining."
"Review" by , "[A] wonderfully observant, often hilarious book..."
"Synopsis" by , If a new text is ever added to the syllabus for citizenship classes, it ought to be this marvelous work of travel writing, social commentary, and road comedy by Jonathan Raban, author of the National Book Award-winning bestseller Bad Land.

In Hunting Mr. Heartbreak Raban follows the footsteps of Hector St. John de Crèvecoeur — "Heartbreak" in English — who, in 1782, wrote the pioneering account of the immigrant experience in America. In adapting Mr. Heartbreak's journey for our time, Raban passes for homeless in Manhattan and tries to pass for a good ol' boy in Alabama. He sees the Protestant work ethic perfected by Koreans in Seattle and cheerfully repudiated by the lowlife of Key West. With wonder, humor, and an unblinking eye for its contradictions, Raban makes readers experience a fresh America.

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