Old Glory: An American Voyage

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Jonathan Raban is an English author who fell in love with the Mississippi River when he was a boy (he was reading HUCKLEBERRY FINN). Over the years he dreamed about drifting its length. In 1979, he flew to Minneapolis, bought a 16 foot outboard launch, and set off for New Orleans. He takes us with him every step of the way.

"The book and the journey would be all of a piece," Raban writes, "The plot would be written by the current of the river itself. It would carry one into long deep pools of solitude...Everything would be left to chance. There would be no advance reservations, no letters of introduction. One would try to be as much like a piece of driftwood as one could manage."

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Jonathan Raban is the author of Passage to Juneau, Bad Land , Hunting Mister Heartbreak, Coasting, Old Glory, Arabia, Soft City and the novels Foreign Land (1985) and Waxwings (2003). His awards include the National Book Critics Circle Award, the Royal Society of Literature's Heinemann Award, the Thomas Cook Award, the PEN West Creative Nonfiction Award, the Pacific Northwest Booksellers' Award, and the Governor's Award of the State of Washington. His work has appeared in the New Yorker, Granta , Harpers, the New York Review of Books, Outside, Atlantic Monthly, New Republic, and other magazines. In 1990 Raban, a British citizen, moved from London to Seattle, where he now lives with his daughter.

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