The Road [NOOK Book]

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Confession

There is a woman in the state of Nevada to whom I once lied continuously, consistently, and shamelessly, for the matter of a couple of hours. I don't want to apologize to her. Far be it from me. But I do want to explain. Unfortunately, I do not know her name, much less her present address. If her eyes should chance upon these lines, I hope she will write to me.

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Overview

Confession

There is a woman in the state of Nevada to whom I once lied continuously, consistently, and shamelessly, for the matter of a couple of hours. I don't want to apologize to her. Far be it from me. But I do want to explain. Unfortunately, I do not know her name, much less her present address. If her eyes should chance upon these lines, I hope she will write to me.

It was in Reno, Nevada, in the summer of 1892. Also, it was fair-time, and the town was filled with petty crooks and tin-horns, to say nothing of a vast and hungry horde of hoboes. It was the hungry hoboes that made the town a "hungry" town. They "battered" the back doors of the homes of the citizens until the back doors became unresponsive.

A hard town for "scoffings," was what the hoboes called it at that time. I know that I missed many a meal, in spite of the fact that I could "throw my feet" with the next one when it came to "slamming a gate" for a "poke-out" or a "set-down," or hitting for a "light piece" on the street. Why, I was so hard put in that town, one day, that I gave the porter the slip and invaded the private car of some itinerant millionnaire. The train started as I made the platform, and I headed for the aforesaid millionnaire with the porter one jump behind and reaching for me. It was a dead heat, for I reached the millionnaire at the same instant that the porter reached me. I had no time for formalities. "Gimme a quarter to eat on," I blurted out. And as I live, that millionnaire dipped into his pocket and gave me ... just ... precisely ... a quarter. It is my conviction that he was so flabbergasted that he obeyed automatically, and it has been a matter of keen regret ever since, on my part, that I didn't ask him for a dollar. I know that I'd have got it. I swung off the platform of that private car with the porter manoeuvring to kick me in the face. He missed me. One is at a terrible disadvantage when trying to swing off the lowest step of a car and not break his neck on the right of way, with, at the same time, an irate Ethiopian on the platform above trying to land him in the face with a number eleven. But I got the quarter! I got it!
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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940015820362
  • Publisher: Unforgotten Classics
  • Publication date: 11/29/2012
  • Series: Unforgotten Classics , #1
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 1,184,891
  • File size: 239 KB

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  • Posted June 30, 2011

    Quite brutal

    This was an excellent book about Jack London bumming it for a few years as a youth. No doubt that these experiences radicalized him for the rest of his life. However, it the book was quite brutal and explicit in descriptions of the violence and injustice he witnessed, and I did not finish reading it.

    6 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 6, 2012

    really pretty cool

    I was surprised how much I enjoyed reading this at my age.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 15, 2012

    Absolutely love Jack London

    Humorous and entertaining accounts of Jack London's hobo-ing days. These stories are classics, and I highly recommend this book to anyone with a sense of adventure.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 2, 2010

    sucks ass

    sucks more ass

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 28, 2014

    Galadriel

    Waits for people to sign up xD

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 13, 2014

    A girl

    Walks in wearing armor that completely covers her body.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 8, 2014

    Legolas

    Mm hmm.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 6, 2014

    Lotr rp at

    Hobbler result one.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 6, 2014

    Legolas shoots an arow at the necromancer

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 6, 2014

    Gandalf

    I'M GAY! YAAAAAY!

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 6, 2014

    Necromancer to gandalf

    U r not the real gandalf from LOTR rp. Ask the real gandalf to join. (I know the real gandalf in rl) please dont be inappropriate and r u trying to join? *eyes starts to turn into fire and black mist rushes at u* <p> GOLLUM: hisses at you and pounces at u

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 11, 2014

    Necromancer/gollum

    Yes i finally did it! Rise blck riders! *9 nazgul rises up* Go scare people! <p> GOLLUM: ate a fish. Decides to go for a swim but didnt see the piranhas.....

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 13, 2014

    Galadriel

    Post the bios in result three, or whichever one is by Nicholas Sparks. You might have to scroll down a bit to find others bios.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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