Blue Highways: A Journey into America by William Least Heat-Moon

By William Least Heat-Moon

Hailed as a masterpiece of yankee shuttle writing, Blue Highways is an unforgettable trip alongside our nation's backroads. William Least Heat-Moon set out with little greater than the necessity to positioned domestic at the back of him and a feeling of interest approximately "those little cities that get at the map-if they get on at all-only simply because a few cartographer has a clean area to fill: distant, Oregon; Simplicity, Virginia; New Freedom, Pennsylvania; New desire, Tennessee; Why, Arizona; Whynot, Mississippi." His adventures, his discoveries, and his reminiscences of the extreme humans he encountered alongside the best way quantity to a revelation of the genuine American experience.

"Reading Blue Highways made me return and view Jack Kerouac's at the highway to work out if Mr. Least Heat-Moon does in addition. He does much better . . . perhaps two times a yr I learn a booklet I want have been even longer. this is often one among them. i'll want Mr. Least Heat-Moon had pushed each blue road in America."
(The long island instances )

"Blue Highways ia a splended booklet, extraordinary Americana, which I rank above the subsequent neatest thing previous it within the style, John Steinbeck's trip with Charley."
(The Wall road magazine )

"Better than Kerouac."
(The Chicago Sun-Times )

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Black Jack was by now willing enough to stop and catch his breath. I managed to get my right foot back in the stirrup where it belonged, carefully unfastened my expensive crystal hunting flask, and took a deep, soothing drink to steady my nerves. I had no idea where I was, and I didn’t care. All I had to do was walk Black Jack quietly until we found a road, and then ask for directions home. At that precise moment, I felt Black Jack tense his muscles. Ahead of us, on higher ground, I saw a flash of orange, moving slowly.

Jane was a horsewoman and foxhunter of international distinction, and knew that I rode—in fact, that was the main reason she had sent me her novel in the first place. During the course of our interminable discussions about how to cut A Portion for Foxes down to a reasonable length, Jane happened to mention that she was looking for a good used sidesaddle for herself. She had not been able to find one at a sensible price locally; might I happen to know whether she could find one in New York? I was overjoyed, being perhaps the only person in Rockefeller Center who could have answered yes to that question.

He stared at me darkly for a moment or two. I hoped I hadn’t offended him, but then he nodded and gave me a rueful, tight-lipped grin. ” Then he touched his hat and trotted off round the corner to return King to his stall, next to the other Kings, with Mrs. Dakota running behind him on the high heels of her cowboy boots, trying to keep up. This is a book about horses, and “horse people”—people who love horses, or who know horses, or who make their living out of horses, or who just can’t imagine what their life would be like without horses.

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