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Old Glory: A Voyage Down the Mississippi

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As a child in England, Jonathan Raban read Huckleberry Finn and dreamed of floating down the Mississippi. Thirty years later he realized his dream in a spartan sixteen-foot motorboat, navigating the river from Minneapolis to Morgan City, Louisiana, and producing a masterpiece of contemporary American travel writing that can be compared only to his own award-winning Bad Land.

In the course of his voyage, Raban records the mercurial caprices of the Mississippi and the astonishingly varied lives of the people who live along its banks. Whether he is fishing for walleye or hunting coon, discussing theology in Prairie Du Chien or race relations in Memphis, he is an expert observer of the heartland's estrangement from America's capitals of power and culture, and of its helpless nostalgia for its lost past. Witty, elegiac, and magnificently erudite, Old Glory is as filled with strong currents as the Mississippi itself.

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"Stunning...more successful than 99 percent of the books about America since de Tocqueville." The New York Times Book Review

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"Vividly captures the texture of small-town everyday life....Old Glory has given us a fresh portrait of ourselves." Newsweek

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"Wonderful....Mr. Raban is excellent company. He is a popcorn-popper of opinions." The New York Times

Synopsis:

The author of Bad Land realizes a lifelong dream as he navigates the waters of the Mississippi River in a spartan sixteen-foot motorboat, producing yet another masterpiece of contemporary American travel writing. In the course of his voyage, Raban records the mercurial caprices of the river and the astonishingly varied lives of the people who live along its banks. Whether he is fishing for walleye or hunting coon, discussing theology in Prairie Du Chien or race relations in Memphis, he is an expert observer of the heartyland's estrangement from America's capitals of power and culture, and its helpless nostalgia for its lost past. Witty, elegaic, and magnificently erudite, Old Glory is as filled with strong currents as the Mississippi itself.

Synopsis:

The author of Bad Land realizes a lifelong dream as he navigates the waters of the Mississippi River in a spartan sixteen-foot motorboat, producing yet another masterpiece of contemporary American travel writing.  In the course of his voyage, Raban records the mercurial caprices of the river and the astonishingly varied lives of the people who live along its banks.  Whether he is fishing for walleye or hunting coon, discussing theology in Prairie Du Chien or race relations in Memphis, he is an expert observer of the heartyland's estrangement from America's capitals ot power and culture, and its helpless nostalgia for its lost past.  Witty, elegaic, and magnificently erudite, Old Glory is as filled with strong currents as the Mississippi itself.

About the Author

Jonathan Raban lives in Seattle, Washington.

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ISBN:
9780375701009
Subtitle:
A Voyage Down the Mississippi
Author:
Raban, Jonathan
Author:
Raban, Jonathan
Publisher:
Vintage
Location:
New York :
Subject:
General
Subject:
Description and travel
Subject:
United states
Subject:
Essays & Travelogues
Subject:
United States - South - General
Subject:
Boats and boating
Subject:
United States - Midwest - General
Subject:
Boats and boating -- Mississippi River.
Subject:
Travel
Subject:
Mississippi River Description and travel.
Subject:
Mississippi river valley
Subject:
Travel Writing-General
Copyright:
Edition Number:
Reprint ed.
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series:
Vintage Departures
Publication Date:
May 1998
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
416
Dimensions:
8 x 5.2 x .86 in .9375 lb

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Product details 416 pages Vintage Books USA - English 9780375701009 Reviews:
"Review" by , "Stunning...more successful than 99 percent of the books about America since de Tocqueville."
"Review" by , "Vividly captures the texture of small-town everyday life....Old Glory has given us a fresh portrait of ourselves."
"Review" by , "Wonderful....Mr. Raban is excellent company. He is a popcorn-popper of opinions."
"Synopsis" by , The author of Bad Land realizes a lifelong dream as he navigates the waters of the Mississippi River in a spartan sixteen-foot motorboat, producing yet another masterpiece of contemporary American travel writing. In the course of his voyage, Raban records the mercurial caprices of the river and the astonishingly varied lives of the people who live along its banks. Whether he is fishing for walleye or hunting coon, discussing theology in Prairie Du Chien or race relations in Memphis, he is an expert observer of the heartyland's estrangement from America's capitals of power and culture, and its helpless nostalgia for its lost past. Witty, elegaic, and magnificently erudite, Old Glory is as filled with strong currents as the Mississippi itself.
"Synopsis" by , The author of Bad Land realizes a lifelong dream as he navigates the waters of the Mississippi River in a spartan sixteen-foot motorboat, producing yet another masterpiece of contemporary American travel writing.  In the course of his voyage, Raban records the mercurial caprices of the river and the astonishingly varied lives of the people who live along its banks.  Whether he is fishing for walleye or hunting coon, discussing theology in Prairie Du Chien or race relations in Memphis, he is an expert observer of the heartyland's estrangement from America's capitals ot power and culture, and its helpless nostalgia for its lost past.  Witty, elegaic, and magnificently erudite, Old Glory is as filled with strong currents as the Mississippi itself.
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