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... show more
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.
Publish date: October 19th 1999
Publisher: Back Bay Books
Pages no: 428
Edition language: English
, Non Fiction
, Book Club
, Biography Memoir
Series: The Travel Trilogy (#1)
I love this book more than any other travel book I’ve read yet. Steinbeck was writing a similar book, but Least Heat-Moon goes more in depth with the land and the people he’s discovering. In following his journey I feel like I’m gaining experiences of my own. The dialogue is meaningful and natural, ...
I have wanted to read this book for a long time but also have kind of avoided it because I worried it would be boring. I enjoyed it a lot when I finally got around to it. I thought he succeeded in meeting interesting people and describing them in an engaging way. Although there is worthwhile refl...
I read this back in the early eighties and immediately added it to my favorite reads of all time list. Now, after completing my first reread, I would have to say that this remains a favorite. Pretty good book if it hangs in there almost thirty years later.Heat-Moon travels America after losing his j...
This was my first foray into Heat-Moon and such an enjoyable trip I decided to go for another with him.
I read this many years ago, and I just remember envying him for being able to make this trip. I've read one or two of his other books, but they're just not as interesting as this one.