Old Glory by Jonathan Raban audiobook

Old Glory: A Voyage Down the Mississippi

By Jonathan Raban
Read by James Langton

Blackstone Publishing 9780375701009
18.78 Hours 1
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The author of Bad Land realizes a lifelong dream as he navigates the waters of the Mississippi River in a spartan sixteen-foot motorboat, producing yet another masterpiece of contemporary American travel writing.  In the course of his voyage, Raban records the mercurial caprices of the river and the astonishingly varied lives of the people who live along its banks. Whether he is fishing for walleye or hunting coon, discussing theology in Prairie Du Chien or race relations in Memphis, he is an expert observer of the heartland’s estrangement from America’s capitals of power and culture, and its helpless nostalgia for its lost past. Witty, elegiac, and magnificently erudite, Old Glory is as filled with strong currents as the Mississippi itself.

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Summary

Summary

The author of Bad Land realizes a lifelong dream as he navigates the waters of the Mississippi River in a spartan sixteen-foot motorboat, producing yet another masterpiece of contemporary American travel writing. 

In the course of his voyage, Raban records the mercurial caprices of the river and the astonishingly varied lives of the people who live along its banks. Whether he is fishing for walleye or hunting coon, discussing theology in Prairie Du Chien or race relations in Memphis, he is an expert observer of the heartland’s estrangement from America’s capitals of power and culture, and its helpless nostalgia for its lost past. Witty, elegiac, and magnificently erudite, Old Glory is as filled with strong currents as the Mississippi itself.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“Throughout this epic journey [Raban] struggles to reconcile the real, treacherous, protean river with the shimmering dream-waters of his boyhood. This is what gives his book its remarkable power, elevating it close to the level of myth.” Salman Rushdie
“Mr. Raban has a keen ear, but for the river itself he has to evince not only a keen eye but a capacity to use a painters palette. He gives us the strong brown god in all its rage, sullenness, and beauty.” Anthony Burgess
“Stunning…More successful than ninety nine percent of the books about America since de Tocqueville.” New York Times Book Review
“He can skewer life in an anecdote and evoke a river scene in a few brushstrokes.” The Nation

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Author

Author Bio: Jonathan Raban

Author Bio: Jonathan Raban

Jonathan Raban is the author of Soft City, Arabia, Old Glory, Foreign Land, For Love and Money, Coasting, and Hunting Mr. Heartbreak. He won the W. H. Heinemann Award for Literature in 1982 and the Thomas Cook Award in 1981 and 1991. He has also edited the Oxford Book of the Sea. He lives in Seattle.

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Available Formats : Digital Download, Digital Rental, CD, MP3 CD
Category: Nonfiction/Travel
Runtime: 18.78
Audience: Adult
Language: English