Old Glory: A Voyage Down the Mississippi (Vintage Departures) (Paperback)

Old Glory: A Voyage Down the Mississippi (Vintage Departures) By Jonathan Raban Cover Image

Old Glory: A Voyage Down the Mississippi (Vintage Departures) (Paperback)


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

"Stunning." —The New York Times Book Review

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 heartyland's estrangement from America's capitals ot power and culture, and its helpless nostalgia for its lost past.  Witty, elegaic, and magnificently erudite, Old Glory is as filled with strong currents as the Mississippi itself.
JONATHAN RABAN is the author of the novels Surveillance and Waxwings; his nonfiction works include Passage to Juneau, Bad Land, and Driving Home. His honors include the National Book Critics Circle Award, the PEN/West Creative Nonfiction Award, the Pacific Northwest Booksellers’ Award, and the Governor’s Award of the State of Washington. He died in 2023.
Product Details ISBN: 9780375701009
ISBN-10: 0375701001
Publisher: Vintage
Publication Date: May 26th, 1998
Pages: 416
Language: English
Series: Vintage Departures
"Stunning...more successful than 99 percent of the books about America since de Tocqueville." —The New York Times Book Review

"He can skewer life in an anecdote and evoke a river scene in a few brushstrokes." —The Nation
"Wonderful…Mr. Raban…is excellent company. He is a popcorn-popper of opinions, and they are unpredictable." —The New York Times Book Review
"Throughout his epic journey he 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