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The Lincoln Highway (2021)

de Amor Towles

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"The bestselling author of A Gentleman in Moscow and Rules of Civility and master of absorbing, sophisticated fiction returns with a stylish and propulsive novel set in 1950s America In June, 1954, eighteen-year-old Emmett Watson is driven home to Nebraska by the warden of the juvenile work farm where he has just served fifteen months for involuntary manslaughter. His mother long gone, his father recently deceased, and the family farm foreclosed upon by the bank, Emmett's intention is to pick up his eight-year-old brother, Billy, and head to California where they can start their lives anew. But when the warden drives away, Emmett discovers that two friends from the work farm have hidden themselves in the trunk of the warden's car. Together, they have hatched an altogether different plan for Emmett's future, one that will take them all on a fateful journey in the opposite direction-to the City of New York. Spanning just ten days and told from multiple points of view, Towles's third novel will satisfy fans of his multi-layered literary styling while providing them an array of new and richly imagined settings, characters, and themes"--… (més)
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    West with Giraffes: A Novel de Lynda Rutledge (teelgee)
    teelgee: A rollicking buddy cross-country road trip with many misadventures and questionable characters.
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Una colosal y absorbente novela sobre cuatro chicos huérfanos que, durante 10 días de junio de 1954, realizan un emocionante viaje desde Nebraska hasta Nueva York para descubrir el mundo y descubrirse así mismos. ( )
  pedrolopez | Sep 22, 2022 |
⭐️ ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ - loved, loved, loved this book! Filled with so many great life lessons that we all know but amazingly woven into this story as if hearing them for the first time. I was sad at the end when I had to say goodbye to these characters ❤️ ( )
  cicidean | Sep 20, 2022 |
Coming of Age, Adventure ( )
  Rosareads | Aug 20, 2022 |
The story begins in Morgen. Nebraska, where eighteen-year-old Emmett Watson is returning to his hometown after serving an abbreviated sentence at a Kansas work program that he was doing for inadvertently killing someone who was taunting him. Emmett's father has died, the family farm has foreclosed, and Emmett's eight-year-old brother Billy needs a guardian.

It is 1954, and Emmett's Studebaker, purchased before he went away, is waiting in the garage. Emmett wants to get out of the small town and away from his reputation to start anew. Billy, who is quite precocious, is prepared to take off with Emmett in search of their mother, who left them years ago and is supposedly living in California. Billy has researched the Lincoln Highway, the first transcontinental road for automobiles in the United States, and is eager to travel.

As they prepare for the road trip, Duchess and Woolly, two of Emmett's bunkmates from Kansas, show up at Emmett's home after escaping from the facility. They convince Emmett to drive them to a train station. Unfortunately, Duchess and Woolly have different agendas, and neither Emmett nor Billy fully understands their dispositions or conniving ways. After several unforgettable escapades, the story continues to New York City, obviously not in the direction of California and the story never moves westward.

Woolly is a character who probably has a learning disability or similar condition for which he self-medicates. He finds comfort in repetition, misses social cues, acts impetuously, and lacks executive function. The adults in Duchess's life have betrayed him, and his unscrupulous behavior as he plays out a moral accounting system is entertaining. Emmett has vowed to stay out of trouble and take care of his brother, but this is not easy with the company he keeps. All the boys lack adult guidance and have limited ability to navigate their adventures on the road. Billy's constant companion is a book about heroes that he has read more than twenty times. Although the older boys sometimes tire of his reading and retelling of stories about ancient and modern heroes, they all recognize for different reasons that Billy is quite astute at applying simple logic to situations and figuring out some of the obstacles they face. Billy equates their road trip to a heroic journey and uses literary descriptions and rudimentary map skills as his guide to successfully searching for hopes and dreams.

The action takes place over ten days. Towles conveys an appreciation for landmarks in the United States, especially those in New York, that elevates them to the status of ancient wonders. The beauty of the Empire State Building, the Brooklyn Bridge, Pennsylvania, and Grand Central stations amaze the youthful travelers. A camp for the homeless on deserted railroad tracks is depicted as a place for modern epics. Even the Howard Johnson rest stops, so ubiquitous in the 1950s, come across as idyllic in this book.

But the story is not only focused on places. It is rich in characters. The novel's plot moves along as the boys experience one adventure after another, sometimes singly, but also in pairs and threesomes. As they travel, we learn the main characters' backstories and hear the tales of the people they encounter, which provide an engaging multilayered story. Some minor characters are stereotypic, but all represent those that comprise the fabric of America's population in the 1950s. Some are amoral, and others are heroes. All can be related to age-old heroes in Billy's book. Towles is an adept writer who ties all major and minor characters in amusing and satisfying ways. Along the way, through many points of view, the reader is forced to consider timeless themes such as youthful indiscretions, irreversible actions, the power of childhood memories, and fate. In addition, of course, the American class system and racial relations are part of the characters' discussions and realizations. Finally, all of the characters plan and execute fantastical schemes and tell a tale about luck, grit, false hopes, and living a fairy tale.
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  LindaLoretz | Aug 14, 2022 |
1950s nostalgia porn. ( )
  SarahMac314 | Aug 12, 2022 |
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JUNE 12, 1954—The drive from Salina to Morgen was three hours, and for much of it, Emmett hadn't said a word.
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He knew too that he had been an agent of misfortune rather than its author. But he didn't agree that his debt had been paid in full. For no matter how much chance had played a role, when by your hands you have brought another man's time on earth to its end, to prove to the Almighty that you are worthy of his mercy, that shouldn't take any less time than the rest of your life.
... through our misdeeds we may put ourselves in another person’s debt, just as through their misdeeds they put themselves in ours. And since it’s these debts – those we’ve incurred and those we’re owed – that keep us stirring and stewing in the early hours, the only way to get a good night’s sleep is to balance the accounts.
Regardless of who had been provoked by who, or whom by whom, when Emmett hit the Snyder kid at the county fair, he took on a debt just as surely as his father had when he had mortgaged the family farm.
I don’t blame Him. Whom I blame is Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John, and every other man who’s served as priest or preacher since.
To Emmett, all the houses in this part of the country looked like they'd been dropped from the sky. The Watson house just looked like it'd had a rougher landing. The roof line sagged on either side of the chimney and the window frames were slanted just enough that half the windows wouldn't quite open and the other half wouldn't quite shut.
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"The bestselling author of A Gentleman in Moscow and Rules of Civility and master of absorbing, sophisticated fiction returns with a stylish and propulsive novel set in 1950s America In June, 1954, eighteen-year-old Emmett Watson is driven home to Nebraska by the warden of the juvenile work farm where he has just served fifteen months for involuntary manslaughter. His mother long gone, his father recently deceased, and the family farm foreclosed upon by the bank, Emmett's intention is to pick up his eight-year-old brother, Billy, and head to California where they can start their lives anew. But when the warden drives away, Emmett discovers that two friends from the work farm have hidden themselves in the trunk of the warden's car. Together, they have hatched an altogether different plan for Emmett's future, one that will take them all on a fateful journey in the opposite direction-to the City of New York. Spanning just ten days and told from multiple points of view, Towles's third novel will satisfy fans of his multi-layered literary styling while providing them an array of new and richly imagined settings, characters, and themes"--

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