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Slow Road to Brownsville: A Journey Through the Heart of the Old West

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Slow Road to Brownsville: A Journey Through the Heart of the Old West

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    David Reynolds(Author)
"Immensely illuminating and enjoyable account of a road trip along Highway 83 ... Books like [Reynold's] prove that good travel writing remains not only very much alive, but essential."—The Bookseller

In Slow Road to Brownsville, David Reynolds embarks on a road trip along Highway 83, a little-known two-lane highway built in 1926 that runs from Swan River, Manitoba, to the Mexican border at Brownsville, Texas, on the Gulf of Mexico. Growing up in a small town in England, Reynolds was enthralled by both the myth of the Wild West and the myth of the open road. This road trip is his exploration of the reality behind these myths as he makes his way from small town to small town, gas station to gas station, and motel to motel, hanging out in bars, drinking with the locals, and observing their sometimes-peculiar customs. Reynolds also wanted to see the country where the Sioux, the Cheyenne, the Comanches, the Apaches, and other native groups lived and died and to look at how their descendants live now. He describes the forced location of the Cheyenne people, discovers the true story of the Alamo, and finds similarities between Sitting Bull’s tours and those of the Black

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  • PDF | 400 pages
  • David Reynolds(Author)
  • Greystone Books (30 Oct. 2014)
  • English
  • 9
  • Society, Politics & Philosophy
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  • By Petronella Bird on 2 December 2014

    If you’re interested in people and places and history and STORIES, you’ll love this. I certainly did! Driving down Highway 83 the author seeks out – and stumbles upon – all kinds of everything, from heart-wrenching tales of the fate of so many Native American Indians to sometimes funny, sometimes touching, always fascinating encounters with characters he meets on the road. You can’t help but be swept along with him on his journey, wondering where he’ll find a bed for tonight, who he’ll meet and what he’ll discover tomorrow. Half of me wanted it never to end; half of me was itching to get to the final destination. And it half-made me want to drive down Highway 83 myself, and half-made me think I don’t need to – not because Mr Reynolds has done it for me, but because I feel I have travelled it with him.

  • By Robert Bull on 7 December 2015

    A wonderful read off a trip through the heart of America.So well written you at times feel you are sitting in the passenger seat next to the author.Wonderful descriptive prose of the people and places he came across..Interested in travelling and in America get this book now.

  • By Brad bee on 15 September 2016

    So a mixed set of reviews , but for me , this is one of the best examples of travel writing that I have read in the last couple of years . Personally I find it has the right mix of description of landscape and mood , pertinent historical details [ or trivia to some ] and encounters with people . He has made the effort to personalise his people , unlike some writers who don't even give a name , and OK some of them are obese . Or should I complain that he mentioned a red Prius a number of times ? I didn't find his political leanings spoilt the flow of the narrative but this could mean that I also must be liberal lefty ! No , for me it meant he had a different opinion to some and because he is human , he did add personal comments but , as I read it , he did not belabour the point . Or did he ? Perhaps if I was a racist , do you think I could complain about him championing the cause of the ' Red Indian ' instead of shouting up the ' Yankee Cavalry '. For me however , he put forward the current thinking of many in America on this issue of the First Nation or American Indian . It was also brought into focus how this thinking does not extend to either Hispanic or Black groups .So settle back in the passenger seat and enjoy , like me , the journey down Route 83 .

  • By Timothy Hammond on 9 August 2015

    I was really looking forward to this book, a great subject, and both a geography and period of history I find fascinating. The first 80 pages or so wee fine, well-written and engrossing. But as the book moves on, it became unreadable for me - not being a Guardian-reading Leftie. Despite being welcomed generously and warmly just about everywhere and by just about everyone, the author leaps to immediate criticism of many of the people he encounter based on the flimsiest if evidence. For example, a couple of fisherman are dismissed as racists because they do not immediately share the author's view that South Africa is all roses and sunlight now. He then blames obesity in Europe on the US, and hero-worships a man who said "I hate all white people."In between we hear how Republicans are small-minded bigots (oh the irony) but any Democrat is always just fine and marvellous. People who drive SUVs are assumed to be bad, and people who have jobs creating the wealth and ease the author enjoys are of course greedy.I'm afraid I found this author to be so smug and self-righteous, and so engrossed by his own simplistic prejudices that I couldn't finish the book.No doubt if you share the underlying anti-Americanism of the author, and his instinctive hatred of Republicans you will enjoy this. If not, then you probably won't.

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