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Blue Highways: A Journey into America (original: 1982; edição: 1999)

de William Least Heat-Moon

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Hailed as a masterpiece of American travel writing, Blue Highways is an unforgettable journey along our nation's backroads. William Least-Heat-Moon set out with little more than the need to put home behind him and a sense of curiosity about "those little towns that get on the map--if they get on at all--only because some cartographer has a blank space to fill: Remote, Oregon; Simplicity, Virginia; New Freedom, Pennsylvania; New Hope, Tennessee; Why, Arizona; Whynot Mississippi." His adventures, his discoveries, and his recollections of the extraordinary people he encountered along the way amount to a revelation of the true American experience.… (mais)
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Título:Blue Highways: A Journey into America
Autores:William Least Heat-Moon
Informação:Back Bay Books (1999), Paperback, 448 pages
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Blue Highways: A Journey into America de William Least Heat Moon (1982)

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A travelogue around the United States - lots of discussion with local people, often in out of the way locations. I really enjoyed this and Least Heat-Moon has an engaging style that I really enjoyed. ( )
  quinton.baran | Mar 29, 2021 |
I have finally read this book! It has been in my basement for a number of years. It was recommended to me by my sister and when I ran across a copy, I bought it. It's the story of a man who drove across the US in his van, avoiding interstates whenever possible and talking to people along the way. He wanted to see America before it all got paved over with shopping malls and all the mom-and-pops were run out of town and sometimes it was too late.

I spent quite a bit of time reading this book. It didn't seem like a book to be rushed, although I admit I did a bit of rushed reading at the end because I was eager to finish it. For most of the book, I read just a few chapters at a time. It took the author many months to travel across the country and I didn't feel the need to read it quickly.

William Least Heat-Moon meets some interesting characters as he travels through the small towns of America. He seems to be a bit of a character himself. The entire time I'm reading this, I'm thinking "He sleeps in his van all across the US? Is that a seventies thing? Could someone do that now? What about bathing? Is that why sometimes people look at him askance? What would I think if I saw him today on this journey? Would I be a nice stranger or one of those that gave him a weird look?"

I learned a lot of things about the country that I didn't know before. The author appeared to be in a melancholy state of mind as he did this journey (he had just lost his job and his marriage). Sometimes reading it was relaxing, other times it was disturbing.

At the end, I wanted him to find what he was looking for, but as he said he didn't know if he had learned what he wanted to know because he didn't know what he wanted to know. ( )
  Chica3000 | Dec 11, 2020 |
Like taking a road trip myself. A wonderful "vacation," from all the turmoil surrounding us these days. Did not feel dated and having traveled many of the roads mentioned it was a thrill to be a passenger on William's trip. Lots of great one-liners and a number of characters you'll only find on an extended road trip. ( )
  shaundeane | Sep 13, 2020 |
For the past few days as I read Blue Highways by William Least Heat-Moon I have been glued to my computer so that I could use the Google maps to follow along with his journey. In 1978 after seeing his marriage fall apart and then his teaching job disappear, William Least Heat-Moon climbed into his van and set off to explore the byways of America. He tried to avoid all major routes and stick to the secondary roads that are marked by blue on the maps, hence the name of the book.

Setting off on the road with no set destination, just living moment by moment, I was green with envy. I would love to simply pack up and hit the roads for a tour around North America. The author travelled on very little money or comfort items, but managed to explore his country and meet and talk with some extremely interesting people all the while coming to terms with who he was and where he wanted to be. The book is rich in details of the trip. The sights, smells and tastes of America are detailed by this talented observer. By the time he headed for home in Missouri, he had completely circled the country.

As I read the book and checked the maps I was saddened by the changes that have occurred since then. Many of the roads have changed or no longer exist, and the same can be said for many of the small towns. Some have been swallowed up by ever expanding cities and some have just disappeared. It’s been over forty years since Blue Highways was published so at times this book seems more like a testament to days gone by. This became a journey of heart, mind and spirit for the author but he always kept America front and centre as the main character and delivers a wonderful road trip travelogue full of wit, humor and truth. ( )
7 vote DeltaQueen50 | Jul 16, 2019 |
I first ready this book back in the 1980's when it was first published. And no, re-reading it almost 40 years later, it still fills me with wonder and makes me was to head on out on the open road.William Least Heat-Moon manages to capture the diversity in both landscape and people of this country as he makes his circular drive around the continental United States. This book is a classic. ( )
1 vote etxgardener | Jun 17, 2019 |
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[William Least] Heat Moon climbed into his Econoline van and drove 12,000 miles down the back roads of America — and recorded it all in this big, richly detailed book. ... Heat Moon writes from the perspective of "a contaminated man who will be trusted by neither red nor white." His Indian mind feels an especially violent antipathy to the wasteland of ecocidal capitalism, but his white mind knows how tenuous his red roots are. ... An immensely appealing performance.
adicionado por Roycrofter | editarKirkus Reviews (Dec 8, 1982)
 

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Hailed as a masterpiece of American travel writing, Blue Highways is an unforgettable journey along our nation's backroads. William Least-Heat-Moon set out with little more than the need to put home behind him and a sense of curiosity about "those little towns that get on the map--if they get on at all--only because some cartographer has a blank space to fill: Remote, Oregon; Simplicity, Virginia; New Freedom, Pennsylvania; New Hope, Tennessee; Why, Arizona; Whynot Mississippi." His adventures, his discoveries, and his recollections of the extraordinary people he encountered along the way amount to a revelation of the true American experience.

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