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Jonathan Raban (1942–2023)

Autor(a) de Bad Land: An American Romance

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About the Author

Jonathan Raban, author of Passage to Juneau, brings eloquent intellect and wry wit to his exploration of the American scene. Written over the past two decades, roughly the span of Raban's residence in his adopted city of Seattle, these essays delve into what it means, as immigrant, to feel rooted mostrar mais in America. Driving Home charts a course through the Pacific Northwest, American history, and current events as witnessed by a keenly observant visitor who is able to glean meanings and patterns that have become invisible to the natives. Raban spends much time on, near, and in water, and his ruminations on sailing and the sea are a welcome thread. Whether the topic is other writers or various painters and explorers, or the patrons of a Montana bar, who have engaged with our mythical and actual landscape, Raban has a visitor s eye for the absurd, and his tone is intimate, never nostalgic, and always fresh. mostrar menos

Obras de Jonathan Raban

Bad Land: An American Romance (1996) 925 cópias
Passage to Juneau (1999) 873 cópias
Coasting (1986) 397 cópias
Waxwings (2003) 312 cópias
Surveillance (2007) 230 cópias
Soft City (1974) 212 cópias
Foreign Land (1985) 175 cópias
For Love and Money (1987) 156 cópias
Driving Home: An American Journey (2010) — Autor — 126 cópias
The Oxford Book of the Sea (1992) 122 cópias
Robert Lowell's Poems: A Selection (1974) — Editor — 81 cópias

Associated Works

Bad Trips (1991) — Contribuinte — 233 cópias
Granta 29: New World (1989) — Contribuinte — 152 cópias
Granta 32: History (1990) — Contribuinte — 151 cópias
Granta 30: New Europe (1990) — Contribuinte — 145 cópias
Granta 31: The General (1990) — Contribuinte — 143 cópias
Granta 23: Home (1988) — Contribuinte — 139 cópias
The Best American Essays 1996 (1996) — Contribuinte — 135 cópias
Granta 49: Money (1994) — Contribuinte — 118 cópias
Granta 45: Gazza Agonistes (1993) — Contribuinte — 116 cópias
Granta 10: Travel Writing (1984) — Contribuinte — 89 cópias
The New Granta Book of Travel (2011) — Introdução — 46 cópias
The Penguin Book of the Ocean (2010) — Contribuinte — 20 cópias
"London Magazine", 1961-85: An Anthology (1986) — Contribuinte — 10 cópias


Conhecimento Comum



I liked it and I didn't like it. The writing is great, the author demonstrates his abilities and it is easy to see why he has won awards. The story is a bit odd, in that it follows two tracks in a bit of a random fashion. The first is the author's stroke and rehab when he is 69 years old, and the second is his father's journey into adulthood and into WW II, with the details drawn from his letters home to his wife and from unit histories that others have written. And a bit about Jonathan's early years while his father is away at war. But not much ties the two themes together. There is a sense of father and son not getting along very well for a long time, well into the author's adulthood, but nothing definitive, in my opinion. Glad I read it for the writing but I am not sure what the takeaway is here. The two themes are parallel, and in my opinion, rarely if ever intersect. So, probably 3.5 overall.… (mais)
Cantsaywhy | 1 outra resenha | May 5, 2024 |
How could I not like this book? Much of it takes place in my home waters I read it while far from home. The musings on west coast natives and captain Vancouver are great, some very insightful. All of this woven through a sad personal story. Well worth the time.
BBrookes | outras 19 resenhas | Dec 6, 2023 |
His final writing and I miss him already.
Craigeri | 1 outra resenha | Nov 1, 2023 |
A thoroughly average travel narrative. The plot was thoroughly post-modern, petering out instead of genuinely finishing, but Raban can sure capture the American spirit.
et.carole | outras 9 resenhas | Jan 21, 2022 |



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