Travels With Charlie
Travels with Charley follows the journey of John Steinbeck and his French Poodle Charley as he travels all over America in search of answers from his surroundings and the people he meets.
5 Key Takeaways
- Objects of 100 years ago are worth a lot of money now. A good way to create an investment for your grand children's future is to create a treasure chest of modern day objects.
- All specialists are interesting.
- Companions force you to live in the present. When alone, past, present and future merge.
- The best way to start a conversation is to be lost.
- Vacilando - The experience of travel is more important than travelling for the purpose of reaching a destination.
Book Notes & Best Bits
- The techniques of opening conversation are universal. I knew long ago and rediscovered that the best way to attract attention, help and conversation is to be lost.
- My wife married a man. I saw no reason why she should inherit a baby.
- I've lived in good climate, and it bores the hell out of me. I like weather rather than climate. What good is warmth without cold to give it sweetness.
- I had found many readers more interested in what I wear than what I think, more avid to know how I do it than what I do.
- If I were a good businessman, and cared a title for my unborn great grandchildren, which I do not, I would gather all the junk and wrecked automobiles, comb the city dumps, and pile these gleanings in mountains and spray the whole thing with that stuff the navy use to mothball ships. At the end of a hundred years my descendants would be permitted to open this treasure trove and would be the antique kings of the world. If the battered, cracked, and broken stuff our ancestors tried to get rid o now brings so much money, think what a 1954 Oldsmobile, or a 1960 toastmaster will bring- and a vintage waring mixor - lord the possibilities are endless.
- A sad soul can kill you far quicker than a germ.
- There is left, particularly on very long trips. A large area for day dreaming or even, god help us, for thought.
- Why did a family choose to live in such a home? Well it was comfortable, compact, easy to keep clean and easy to heat.
- Having a companion fixes you in time in the present, but when the quality of aloneness settles down, past, present and future all flow together. A memory, a present event, and a forecast all equally present.
- The underskirts of a slattern (See words)
- I let the rage and hatred one has towards non appreciators, towards those who through ignorance destroy a treasured plan.
- The minor came in forty nine.
The Whores in fifty one
And when they got together
They made a native son.
- We have in the past ben forced into reluctant change by weather, calamity, and plague. Now the pressure comes from our biological success as a species. We have overcome all enemies but ourselves.
- Thomas Wolfe book - You can't go home again.
- One ingredient, perhaps the most important of all, is planted in every life form - the factor of survival. No living thing is without it. Nor could life exists without its magic formula.
- Mr cooper was one of the few Salinians who never let a duet pass the fifteenth of the month.
- People don't take trips, trips take people.
- In our time a beard is one thing a woman cannot do better than a man, or if she can her success is assured only in a circus.
- Does it get very cold here in winter? ...Fairly... You talk to much.
- Montana - beautiful place to visit.
- I would rather see a good Brady photograph than Mount Rushmore. For it is my opinion that we enclose and celebrate the freaks of our nation and our civilisation. Yellowstone National Park is no more representative of America that Disney Land.
- Expression - 'To make the welkin ring'
- I liked the truckers very much, as I always like specialists.
Words I Didn't Understand
Taciturn - Someone who is taciturn is reserved, not loud and talkative. The word itself refers to the trait of reticence, of seeming aloof and uncommunicative. A taciturn person might be snobby, naturally quiet, or just shy.
Invective - Insulting, abusive, or highly critical language.
judicious - Having, showing, or done with good judgement or sense.
Aplomb - Self-confidence or assurance, especially when in a demanding situation.
Coon Cat - Huge domesticated house cats, roughly 4 feet in length
Welkin - The Sky or heaven
Sic Semper cum Frogs - Latin translation - That's how it always is with frogs - Frogs referring to the fact Charlie is a 'French' poodle. Frogs referring to the British dismay that the french were keen to eating Frogs Legs, which over time got shortened to Frogs.
Covetous - covetous, greedy, acquisitive, grasping, avaricious mean having or showing a strong desire for especially material possessions. covetous implies inordinate desire often for another's possessions <covetous of his brother's country estate>
Sempervirens - Huge Trees
Sapling - A progression of tree growth - Seedling, sapling, pole, sawlog.
Slattern - A dirty, untidy woman.
Ascot - Kind of a cross between a tie and a neckerchief
Pomeranian - A small dog of a breed with long silky hair, a pointed muzzle, and pricked ears.
Bedizened - Dress up or decorate gaudily.
Vacilando - Spanish word meaning to go somewhere but with no real care whether or not you arrive at your destination, although you have a direction. Basically - The experience of travel is more important than travelling for the purpose of reaching a destination.