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'A Hell of a Place to Lose a Cow': An American Hitchhiking Odyssey

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  • Title: 'A Hell of a Place to Lose a Cow': An American Hitchhiking Odyssey
  • Author: Tim Brookes
  • ISBN: 9780792277293
  • Page: 211
  • Format: Paperback

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'A Hell of a Place to Lose a Cow': An American Hitchhiking Odyssey

About "Tim Brookes"

  1. Tim Brookes

    I was born in England to parents who were poor, honest, and loved nothing than going for long walks, preferably in the rain My education consisted of being forced to take written exams every five or six weeks, and eat school lunches of liver and onions until I got to Oxford, where we had written exams every eight weeks and had lunches of pickled onions and Guinness This was quite enough to make me flee the country and seek gainful employment in Vermont, where I have lived for 24 years, writing a great deal, playing the guitar, carving endangered alphabets, and trying to grow good raspberries.

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  1. Copied from my BookCrossing review bookcrossing journal 1401364Although my interest petered out by the end, I found it to be a good and quick read Brookes gets compared to Bryson and while that comparison usually makes me think of the polar opposite of Bryson, this wasn t as drastic I still didn t think he was anywhere near as funny as Bryson.I love that his original trip to the US was via BUNAC, who I travelled to Australia with The vagabond when rich is called a tourist was a sign he saw in a [...]


  2. What is the state of hitchhiking today Tim Brookes, a Brit who made a journey across the USA in the 1970s as a college student, takes another go at it and captures his new journey in writing He tells us about the good, the bad, and the weird He tells us about places and people and even encounters a celebrity or two He revisits friendships from the past and reflects on the changes that time brings I found this book to be interesting, thoughtful, and entertaining for the most part Tim doesn t real [...]


  3. I love travel books, and this was a good one The author is an English college professor who lives in Vermont, who decided to re do his youthful 1973 hitchhiking journey across America in 1999.He absolutely hated Detroit and its outskirts a sight from hell, from a Hieronymus Bosch painting, but a modern Bosch, with no hellish, contorted people, just hellish contorted objects refinery piping, tanks, high tension wires The air was hot and fetid it smelled like a fume hood.The on ramp to I 75 was on [...]


  4. I picked up this book from a free pile and didn t pick it up to read for about three months What a great surprise I ended up REALLY enjoying it The author, Tim Brookes, grew up in Great Britain In the 1970s, when he was in his early 20s, he got a cheap ticket to NYC, and ended up hitchhiking across the United States Twenty five years later, he decides to retrace his hitchhiking route He has resources this time and can easily rent a car or buy a bus ticket when he needs to, but he hasn t lost hi [...]


  5. Not the worst, but nowhere near the best travel book I have read about the US The author sets off on a hitchhike across the US, but disappointingly also takes the bus a lot, as well as lifts from his photographer There is a lot of small town America that he comes across, but not any so than Bill Bryson finds travelling by car Most infuriatingly, he keeps talking about the fabulous photos that the accompanying photographer took, but all we get in the book are about 10 average photos I gave up ha [...]


  6. Gave up before finishing I was hoping for a memoir and an interesting travel book I really got neither The current travel was partially taken by hitchhiking, but, often by bus or in his photographer s car, and the interactions with people along the way were superficial Mr Brookes does seem to have a few passions, most notably for music, and the few passages concerning it are among the best in the book He CAN write now he just seems to need something to write about.


  7. I m a sucker for traveler stories, whether they be hitchhiking, train riding, sailingwhatever This author hitched across America in the 1970s and in this book, revisited some of the people and places while discovering new ones I wish it included of the photos that his National Geographic photographer sidekick took on the trek, but it was still a satisfactory read At the end, though, I was ready for it to finish, just like the author was ready for his journey to end.


  8. This is a true story of a man who hitch hiked across America as a young man The author recreates his journey around 30 years later Hoping to find some of the people that touched his life the first time around He successfully meets a few.I was expecting this to be much interesting than it was Also, I felt that he cheated a great deal on his second trip Using buses, trains, and a photographer that traveled by car which he could call whenever he needed to.


  9. Disappointing and tedious at times I chose this travelogue because of the year 1973, when I graduated from high school Yes the times were very different then I did some hitchhiking myself back then, but mostly out of necessity Its a risky practice, not to be entered into lightly There s no place like home.


  10. The best thing about this memoir about travel and hitchhiking is the author s central premise that the best way to travel is to make yourself as vulnerable as possible and then wait for people and fate to treat you kindly He shares a number of anecdotes where this rather miraculously happens on the road.


  11. This is definitely a 3.5 It was really fun to read, and an easy and pondering read at that Brookes has some great insights into both the American landscape as well as into the art of hitchhiking Considering his timeline lines up with the particular time of year we re in now, it was a nice summer escape with lots of funny, inspired observations A really great summer book.


  12. Interesting but not great The author was comparing a hitchhiking adventure from 1973 to a 1998 trip across the USA From a single 20 year old to a married 45 year old with a photographer driving the route and available at any time Well written but I wasn t convinced that it was a fair comparison considering the different eras.


  13. Interesting readbut I found it hard to relate as I don t believe as a woman I d be assured of the same experiences if I tried to hitchhike across the US But it seems to speak of an era ie 1960 s where hitchhiking was a accepted activity even though the author attempts throughout the novel to insist that this is still alive and kicking in present day.


  14. For humor, photos and perspective, this is a good fun read I recommend this to read if you are interested in people and parts of America you would never see There are some illuminating pictures of very unusual places, which I found to help visualize some of the sites he sees.


  15. interesting take on the idea that we can have is the now nostalgia and memory will fail us so better to take each experience as it comesStill I could never hitchhike so experiencing it this way was fun no harm came to him, etc



  16. A Hell of a Place to Lose a Cow An American Hitchhiking Odyssey by Tim Brooks National Geographic 2001 917.3 The author hitchhikes across the US and lives to write about it The focus of the book is on The Great American Road Trip My rating 7 10, finished 2004.



  17. Read it years ago and still sticks with me Adventuresome and it solved the mysterious as to why Americans think hitchhiking is crazy dangerous.


  18. Written by a local author, talking about a cross country hitch hiking trip Awesome to see his views, the people he meets, and to know he writes in my hometown paper, and for NPR.



  19. Fun, funny, thought provoking, and often counterintuitive and encouraging I thoroughly enjoyed this author s memoirs about hitchhiking around the US and the people and places he found.


  20. Brookes recreates his hitchhiking adventures from the early 1970 s as he attempts to hitchhike across America Recommended.


  21. I enjoyed the author s journey but I wished to see photos that the National Geographic photographer took.


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