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Blue Highways: A Journey into America [Paperback]

William Least Heat-Moon
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Book by Heat-Moon, William Least, Moon, William Least Heat

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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant writing and Brilliant reading! Oct. 22 2002
Format:Audio Cassette
This is a brilliantly funny book, but frankly I recommend the reading on audio tape because Keith Szarabajka (the gruffly stick-his-finger-in-the-fan Mickey Kostmayer of The Equalizer) makes it even better. His sexy, gravelly voice, is the perfect foil for Least Heath-Moon's utterly droll stroll through the forgotten highways across the US. The wit is incisive, about his personal life and the small towns and villages the blue highways(the roads mark in blue on US maps). These were once the main arteries of the US highways system, but are the 'Norman Bates' now forgotten restaurants, motels and quirky little people that refuse to give up their way of life.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Another smug outsider writing about the inside April 16 2002
Format:Paperback
WLHM, although a decent writer, attempts to cross the brooding beat writers of a generation ago with Charles Kuralt. Moon fails miserably. There are some some passages of note, but mostly this work is brooding and pseudo-introspective and at times unfairly insulting to the people of whom he writes. As an English major and English teacher and a teacher of Appalachian literature, culture, history and traditions, I cannot recommend this work with any enthusiasm at all.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant writer - Brilliant Reader!! Oct. 22 2002
Format:Audio Cassette
This is a brilliantly funny book, but frankly I recommend the reading on audio tape because Keith Szarabajka (the gruffly stick-his-finger-in-the-fan Mickey Kostmayer of The Equalizer) makes it even better. His sexy, gravelly voice, is the perfect foil for Least Heath-Moon's utterly droll stroll through the forgotten highways across the US. The wit is incisive, about his personal life and the small towns and villages the blue highways(the roads mark in blue on US maps). These were once the main arteries of the US highways system, but are the 'Norman Bates' now forgotten restaurants, motels and quirky little people that refuse to give up their way of life.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Recommended by Josh Ritter Oct. 15 2007
By foundin
Format:Paperback
I was first introduced to this book after reading an interview with singer/songwriter Josh Ritter on foundinthemargins.com. Ritter said he first read this book as he was beginning to tour a lot more and feel the weight of the road - reminiscent of Blue Highway's plot. It was interesting reading this book using the perspective of Ritter's (or any modern-day traveling musician) touring experiences.
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5.0 out of 5 stars One of my 5 favorite books June 21 2003
Format:Paperback
This is a great travalogue of personal discovery. By far his best work. I feel it is one of the best travelogues out there.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A great book! April 16 2002
By Ed Hill
Format:Paperback
I just finished this book and it ended exactly as I thought it might and was even better than I had hoped. This book I think is for the drifter, dreamer, and story-teller in all of us. I really felt like I was in Bill's shoes and that I could envision many of the situations/scenarios that he was in. At first I thought it was going to be too drawn out. But Moon does a wonderful job of carrying you from place to place on his journey and each stop is new and exciting. If you traveled any of the places he visits, it makes it even more compelling. I love his mix of Native American insight and down to earth vision. It's the part of America you don't read about in the morning paper. I give this journey 5+ stars! Thanks Bill for taking the time to share a memorable adventure.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Perfectly transparent narrative March 31 2002
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
While the text of this book was well written, perhaps poetic at times, the reader is likely to become bored by the "plot" after 100 pages. The main character (the author) is the only character who the reader follows through the text; he is the only character the reader is allowed to see change and grow. While it is interesting enough to watch him, one might desire something more.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Blue Highways is America March 21 2002
Format:Hardcover
I first read Least Heat-Moon's book in the mid 1980s after returning from spending two years living in the United States. There is no other book that more evokes a conception of America than this work. It is America!
Since reading Least Heat-Moon, I have delved into Kerouac (On the Road) and Steinbeck (Travels with Charley) but none of these books remotely compares with the imagery of Blue Highways. Indeed, just tapping the keys for this review makes me unsettled, wishing that I too could just travel those back roads soon along America's blue highways.
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