Driving Home: An American Journey

by Jonathan Raban

Paperback, 2013




Sasquatch Books (2013), Edition: Reprint, 600 pages


Spanning two decades, Driving home charts a course through the Pacific Northwest, American history, and current events as witnessed by "a super-sensitive, all-seeing eye." (Newsweek). Frank, witty, and provocative, Driving home is part essay collection, part diary--and irresistibly insightful about America's character, contradictions, and idiosyncrasies.

Media reviews

Then he says: "Julia seemed to have found in the waves something grandly commensurate to her own oceanic turbulence." This is a rich Melvillean image, nested within 600 relentlessly intelligent pages of erudite, acerbic, witty and combative prose: a small child on a wild Pacific beach, cheering on the waves, recognising in their sheer destructive power something grandly commensurate with her own inner turbulence.

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LibraryThing member timjones
Although I enjoyed this book, I was glad I got it from the library rather than buying it, because more of the book than I thought reasonable consisted of a mishmash of unrelated book reviews and essays. But when on topic, I enjoyed Jonathan Raban's ruminations on his adopted home of Seattle, and on the wider Pacific Northwest.


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