The Two Ton Albatross

Anderson, William C.
Crown Publishers, 1969

The basis of William C. Andersons writing is to inspire you to travel. Anderson himself travels through Canada in this tale of adventure. Accompanying him on this trip are his wife Dortha, two children, DFC the St. Bernard dog, two guppies, a pet duck and a pet lobster. They start out in Washington D.C., travel across Canada in a travel trailer (the two ton albatross) , and end up in Los Angeles California.
Anderson uses well-written metaphors to describe the wonderful sights he sees. The family has to move because Anderson is quitting his job in the air force and starting a life as a novelist. At first the family regrets taking the scenic route on the Trans-Canada-Highway to get to California, but through their experiences on the road they learn to enjoy the scenery and "The Great Outdoors." This family took a big chance by living out of a trailer through Canada, but they ended up having a great time. The major point that Ander son tries to make throughout the book is not to be afraid to take chances and see the beautiful world around us within your time on this planet; which is an analogy I strongly agree with.

* When the DFC falls in love with a poodle named Fifi, Andersons response is: "Shame on you, you dirty old man. Ill tell you right now, DFC, nothing will ever come of your relationship!"

* William Andersons reason for writing this book: "If this delineator may, in some way, provide assistance to future pathfinders who have the courage to subscribe to this great adventure, then it will have served its purpose."

* " The next morning the dawning sun awakened to a thoroughly scrubbed sky and proceeded to hang it out to dry."

I liked Andersons use of metaphors to describe scenery, however I would still much rather see it than read about it. His trip was interesting enough, though, but I didn't have much of a desire to keep reading this piece of literature. The diolouge and Andersons view towards women and ways of living shows the time frame in which it was written. The fact that he referred to his wife only as "the missus, the redhead , the distaff or the little women." He also referred to his children as "the troops."
If you like to travel this is a pretty good read because some interesting things happen. It accurately portrays the hectic "life on the road," and the intriguing people you will meet, but The Two Ton Albatross did not keep me very interested. I would recommend an older crowd read this book.
Star Rating (Out of Four):starstar

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