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Posted May 31, 2009
What a let down !
It is hard for me to believe that someone who gave Roads to Quoz a 5 star rating has never even read Blue Highways. Blue is my favorite "book" of all time. I know every page. You can open it up repeat a phrase and I can tell you where the author was, and what page it is on. I have read it over - well over- 100 times!
I have mapped out the authors complete journey in 'Blue' and then I have set out over the years to section drive and hike at least 50% of his travels (so far). I have taken photos of different (scenic) places and places of interest like 'Frenchman Nevada' (now gone) and clipped the photos into the pages of my well warn copy of 'Blue'.
I search weekly, the internet book line and the NYT book lists - to see if Heat-Moon has anything coming out... EVERY WEEK!
Then out comes "praire Earth" .. eh its ok if you want to spend time focusing on a quadrangle of a map.. and I did ... read every word over and over.. it was ok. Although it did not make me want to go to Kansas (although I AM orig from Missouri, same as the author).
Next came ... "River Horse" Loved the title, sounded like a Heat-Moon adventure to be sure.... blah.. thumbs down. author pretty-much drove the rivers that he MOTORED down first .. then that whole deal about who Pilotis (or Pilot) was ? what the hell was that? Why am I being asked to solve a puzzle? I want to read an adventure story... an adventure writing, some travel writing... not figure out who is with him on the damn boat. Although I would give that book 3 stars, it did have a few interesting moments.
Then the Columbus in America's book... eh just another take on Columbus. I have a library with at least 7 Columbo books each with at least 500 pages. (As sometimes I get into an early American explorers deal).
Then I watch that PBS series on Lewis and Clark, only because Heat-Moon was doing some narration on it. But I have got L&C journals and books out the you-know-what allready.. so for me the interesting part was just to watch Heat-Moon narrate.
Now after all this time... all the waiting.. for a travel book... I see 'Roads to Quoz' purchase an advanced readers copy, and cleared my calendar for the weekend. Lets see... a lesson in words I cannot pronounce nor want to... readers digest-ish writing about themes that have nothing to do with each other, and a wife he calls Q, how rediculous.
Heat-Moon.... strip down to nothing. Go on an adventure, a REAL adventure, leave (Q) at home, and write about it as only you can... but no puzzles, no strange words, no re-hash of early explorers. Just get out there and do it.... again.
oh and P.S. If anyone knows where I can find the original 'Ghost Dancing' Van I will buy it today. The only picture I have ever seen of it, is sitting behind a hang glider by Pit Hill. but than again you would have to have read 'Blue Highways' to know that... heh.
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Posted April 26, 2009
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