Two Roads to Dodge City: Two Colorful English Writers, Father and Son, Chronicle Their Wonderful Journeys Across America

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For three months in 1986 two upper-class Britons, father and sonNigel (69), traveling from Miami and Adam (28), from Los Angelesdrove 30,000 miles through 40 states and three Canadian provinces, ultimately rendezvousing, as planned, in Dodge City, Kans. Consisting of letters written to each other almost every day, this book conveys their contrasting attitudes and impressions of American life. Their Americaimmensely diverse, friendly and replete with extraordinarily articulate, courageous, open-hearted peopleranges from a Playboy Club, the Kentucky Derby, a Cincinnati Reds baseball game, an anti-apartheid protest meeting and Las Vegas, to their favorite locations (a Wyoming ranch for Adam, Washington, D.C., for Nigel). Discerning readers will be particularly interested in the changes and development in their relationship, their "mutual fear and envy," which became open to scrutiny during the course of Adam's conversation with Wyoming lawyer Gerry Spence. When they finally met in Dodge CityAdam exhausted but Nigel "still brimming along as though he'd just gone for a short walk,""Nicolson flesh never came together with Nicolson flesh. Very friendly, a lot of eye contact, but no actual touching." Author tour.
Copyright 1987 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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British father (Nigel, author of Portrait of a Marriage ) and son (Adam) travel in spring 1986 across North America, one from the east coast and one from the west, exchanging letters as they go, to meet in Dodge City. As most of their way has been prearranged and, especially in Nigel's case, their stays are with the well-placed, a sense of adventure is lacking. Nevertheless, both relate their observations with color, insight, and provocation. Praise, sometimes very generous, alternates with criticism, sometimes sneering, as they visit 44 states and three Canadian provinces. Nigel concentrates more on the cities, while Adam reports on states at large. Interesting generational philosophical differences emerge as each comments on the other's observations. Recommended. Roger W. Fromm, Bloomsburg Univ. of Pennsylvania Lib.
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