THE JOURNEY HOME

ABBEY, EDWARD
PUBLISHED BY THE PENGUIN GROUP, 1977
Reviewed by: Matt

THE AUTHOR OF THE JOURNEY HOME EDWARD ABBEY CONSIDERS HIMSELF A "WORKING NOVELIST." MR. ABBEY'S HIGHEST AMBITION IS TO COMPOSE ONE GOOD, VERY LONG NOVEL- "THE FAT MASTERPIECE." THE NOVEL STARTS OFF IN THE SUMMER OF 1944. MR. ABBEY STARTED HITCHHIKING IN PENNSYLVANIA HE WENT TO SEATTLE BY WAY OF CHICAGO AND YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK; FROM SEATTLE DOWN THE COAST TO SAN FRANCISCO; AND FROM THERE THROUGH THE SOUTHWEST BACK HOME TO THE OLD FARM, THREE MONTHS LATER. HE TELLS OF ALL HIS ADVENTURES WITH THE POLICE, RAIL YARD BULLS, AND HIS EVERY DAY STRUGGLES.

TWO OF THE AUTHORS BEST QUOTES IN MY OPINION ARE: "I STARTED OUT WITH TWENTY DOLLARS IN MY POCKET AD A PIECE OF ADVICE, CRYPTIC I'D SAY, FROM MY OLD MAN: DON'T LET ANY BODY TAKE YOU FOR A PUNK."
"AS I SLOWLY DRANK THE COFFEE, I KEPT ADDING AS MUCH SUGAR AND CREAM AS THE MUG WOULD HOLD, MAKING A THICK, SWEAT SLUDGE, HIGHLY NOURISHING, WHICH I SCOOPED UP WITH A SPOON. FORTIFIED, I WALKED OUT.

I THOUGH THIS WAS A FAIRLY GOOD BOOK. I LIKED HOW HE DESCRIBED HOW AND WHAT HE DID TO SURVIVE I THOUGH I WAS QUITE INTERESTING. I ALSO LIKED HOW THE AUTHOR DIDN'T SPEND TOO MUCH TIME ON ONE SUBJECT HE ALWAYS KEPT ON MOVING SO NOT TO BOOR THE READER. I DID THINK THE BOOK WAS KIND OF LONG. 242 PAGES IS A LITTLE LONG FOR ME. OVER ALL I THOUGHT THIS WAS A GOOD BOOK AND SUGGEST READING IT FOR YOURSELF.

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