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Roads to Quoz: An American Mosey

Roads to Quoz: An American Mosey By William Least Heat-Moon Roads to Quoz An American Mosey About a quarter century ago a previously unknown writer named William Least Heat Moon wrote a book called Blue Highways Acclaimed as a classic it was a travel book like no other Quirky discursive

  • Title: Roads to Quoz: An American Mosey
  • Author: William Least Heat-Moon
  • ISBN: 9780316110259
  • Page: 226
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Roads to Quoz: An American Mosey By William Least Heat-Moon About a quarter century ago, a previously unknown writer named William Least Heat Moon wrote a book called Blue Highways Acclaimed as a classic, it was a travel book like no other Quirky, discursive, endlessly curious, Heat Moon had embarked on an American journey off the beaten path Sticking to the small places via the small roads those colored blue on maps he uncoveAbout a quarter century ago, a previously unknown writer named William Least Heat Moon wrote a book called Blue Highways Acclaimed as a classic, it was a travel book like no other Quirky, discursive, endlessly curious, Heat Moon had embarked on an American journey off the beaten path Sticking to the small places via the small roads those colored blue on maps he uncovered a nation deep in character, story, and charm Now, for the first time since Blue Highways, Heat Moon is back on the backroads ROADS TO QUOZ is his lyrical, funny, and touching account of a series of American journeys into small town America.
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    1. Mosco on said:

      sono arrivata faticosamente ad un terzo e non riesco ad andare avanti Mi abbiocco alla seconda pagina, mi annoio, quando lo riprendo in mano devo rileggere il gi letto perch me lo sono scordato Ho amato molto Strade blu , letto e riletto con altrettanto piacere a distanza di parecchi anni Prateria meno scorrevole ma non brutto, gi in Nikawa , secondo me, Least Heat Moon aveva perso lo smalto Qui l ispirazione non c e proprio pi , sparita la leggerezza dalle sue pagine, si trascina faticosamente [...]

    2. Janice on said:

      My husband and I love road trips, whether just a day trip around our beautiful Ozark mountains, or a longer jaunt William Least Heat Moon captures the experience of visiting small towns, learning of local history, and meeting unique local citizenry, many willing to gab a bit about their hometown, or tell their own stories at times he also paints a picture of the surrounding terrain and scenery I loved the conversations between he and his wife that were recorded here The audio version was well do [...]

    3. Ellen on said:

      This work of over 500 pages would benefit greatly by trimming down to half its length I m sure the author himself could never do that because he is obviously in love with his wit and verbiage Really disappointing because I love a good travel readd because some of this is really good The author often catches one up in the narrative only to become annoyingly erudite What a show off not only of his own cleverness, but his wife s as well The only way to get through this is to skip around check out p [...]

    4. Stewart Tame on said:

      The subtitle, An American Mosey, sums it up nicely This is not a book one plows through in a single sitting This is a slow read It meanders It wanders It drifts This is not a bad thing William Least Heat Moon is the bear that went over the mountain He s fascinated by forgotten corners and out of the way places Divided into several sections, this book explores various small towns and scenic places throughout much of the continental United States Heat Moon s prose is a treat to read, a nice blend [...]

    5. Jon Stout on said:

      After having read Blue Highways and River Horse, I am always interested in what William Least Heat Moon has to say He is notable for traveling around the country with a very curious and inquiring mind, and reacting to small encounters and adventures which turn up I can be bored easily, but Least Heat Moon always has engaging and humane reactions to whatever he comes across, and he is always a pleasure to read.In River Horse, he took a quirky trip by water across the United States, up the Hudson [...]

    6. Jay on said:

      I was expecting another Blue Highways from William Least Heat Moon, a story encompassing one trip around the US What I got with Roads to Quoz was the installment plan version around a dozen separate stories involving travel around the US to some extent These were truly moseys around, unhurriedly travelling from place to place looking for stories It felt a bit like a Charles Kuralt book where he s gone rogue and hasn t reported back what he was doing for a couple of years I was surprised and a bi [...]

    7. John on said:

      as usual, least heat moon manages to dig into the lesser known crannies of american historio oddities and locales by simply wandering and meeting people moon s natural curiosity impels these moseys and his way of looking at the world always manages to keep the reader interested, often via the simple reminder that america is a fucking big place that s chock full of strange, fascinating things and people also supplemented with well read obscure local histories and anecdotes quality wise, quoz is a [...]

    8. Emmy Jackson on said:

      I m having a hard time putting my finger on why I didn t enjoy this book I loved Blue Highways, Least Heat Moon s solitary journey through the forgotten backroads of America Though Roads to Quoz is very similar in content, and the flowery prose is both creative and entertaining, the book itself failed to draw me in Perhaps it s a lack of a feeling of authenticity The sense of navel gazing is much stronger this time around, and the travels in this story were undertaken ostensibly to feed this ver [...]

    9. Ann on said:

      An enjoyable read William Least Heat Moon is such an excellent writer, he can even make a mosey around parts of the country entertaining I read this in small bits, as there s no connection between the chapters other than the fact that he was there and is giving his opinion.But his opinion is worth the time, and his word choices are perfect.

    10. Jenny on said:

      Hmm, what category does travel writing belong in Fiction or non I think I ll keep it in fiction, cuz it was fun to read Though I didn t love it as much as I loved Blue Highways, which was one of my all time favorite books I ve read.Anyway, Roads to Quoz Still enjoyable to read It s long, so it s good for a long plane trip, or vacation, or whenever you have time for a slow, rambling read It s not a page turner it s a relaxed ride, like Life on the Mississippi But he s so great with words, and fin [...]

    11. Ajk on said:

      Between moving 3 times in the same city, taking two trips out of country, and actually having a job, this one took a while to read The fact that it weighs in at 608 pages didn t hurt, either But what a 608 pages it was.Roads to Quoz is about William Least Heat Moon s travels around the U.S It s really six different books in one, as he goes to the Pine Belt South, Southeast, Southwest, Northeast, Great Plains, and Mid Atlantic All the trips are different and are quite stand alone, and they are al [...]

    12. AuthorsOnTourLive! on said:

      We met William Least Heat Moon when we visited the Tattered Cover Bookstore in Denver You can listen to him talk about Roads to Quoz An American Mosey here authorsontourlive p 207Book info William Least Heat Moon s first book Blue Highways was acclaimed as a classic a travel book like no other Quirky, discursive, endlessly curious, Heat Moon had embarked on a journey off the beaten path Sticking to the small places via the small roads those colored blue on maps he uncovered a nation deep in char [...]

    13. Beth on said:

      Years ago, the book Blue Highways influenced me as I had the opportunity to travel around the US, but this Roads to Quoz did not recapture the spirit of that book in my opinion.In this book, William Least Heat Moon is traveling with his wife I think they re married and I m happy for him that he s in love, but their ongoing cutesy banter irritated me Travel writing may be compelling when the writer is on his her own.Some of his descriptions of the places he visited and people he described intere [...]

    14. David Bales on said:

      Quirky to the point of exasperation, William Least Heat Moon s American mosey through west Arkansas is long on verbiage and poetry and short on actual information I was disappointed at the lack of discussion of geography, history and scenery, although what was there was good He can never resist the opportunity to wax poetic about june bugs or moon pies or yams or one of those other silly countrified things that southerners always go on about He and his wife Q were theoretically following the 180 [...]

    15. Diane on said:

      Least Heat Moon is a difficult author for me I read aloud his Blue Highways in 1987 while we moved across country from Bellingham WA to Chapel Hill NC I loved it Then I tried to read PrairyErth and RIver Horse and although I loved the premise of each book, I just couldn t get far into them The author is quite self absorbed and basically you are getting his thoughts while traveling and sometimes it is interesting and sometimes not.I enjoyed listening to Roads to Quoz which is a series of books ab [...]

    16. Charlie on said:

      Typical Heat Moon book A good read if you re into meeting personally quirky people in off the beaten path places.I think the book is better early on The it progresses, the it seems to repeat itself not the stories, but the overall theme And the last section following the ICW down the East Coast seems like just a long float to nowhere Only when he goes ashore does the author tell us about his usual assortment of interesting meet ups.By the way, I am not impressed with the author s attempt to as [...]

    17. Jake Porter on said:

      Heat Moon combines an infectious curiosity and a journalist s nose for poignant stories with a writing style repulsive enough to make you physically ill The book s actual narrative is fantastic, but it s hopelessly buried in page after page of obnoxious asides and overly witty banter that reek of academe and seem to positively delight in derailing the story Someone hire this man an editor, or at least take away his thesaurus.I had to quit when he used anon instead of soon Just tell the damn stor [...]

    18. Ron Davidson on said:

      The first WLHM book I have read I think I ll try I have to admit that it took a while for me to get really interested in it, but it s long enough that I had the time It has a lot of fascinating stories from interesting people, and the author s philosophizing for lack of a better word adds a lot of insight to the stories and human nature in general Although sometimes he gets a little too far out, and you wish he stopped a little sooner.

    19. Maggie on said:

      I read 49 pages of this and then returned it to the library Then I decided to try again again after a book club discussion but I m skipping around Reading the Northeast section because I lived there and climbed some of the mountains there that are included in this book Not fond of this author s constant intrusion of self into the stories.

    20. Steve on said:

      3 1 2 rounded up to 4 I could have given it a 5 if he hadn t gotten so wordy in places There were parts I just had to skip over, but the rest of the book mostly made up for it I realize that wouldn t bother a lot of people, but I tend to start skimming books after a hundred or so pages as it is.

    21. Tittirossa on said:

      Abbandonato a met dopo 4 anni di tentativi di lettura, sempre pi riluttanti Il libro come il titolo, la ricerca di un luogo, un quoz, che non esiste Esattamente come il libro Non esiste Niet Non va da nessuna parte Peccato.

    22. Bonnie on said:

      I listened to the audio version of this long boring book 18 cds, 20 hours There are two short good stories in this book, one in the middle about a murder and another about 3 4 the way through about Maxwell and the widow Other than that this is a rambling, navel gazing journey by a loquacious man and a sesquipedalian Many times, while listening to this book I asked myself what is he talking about bc he rambles and there is no point or conclusion to what he is talking about There are many large wo [...]

    23. Joseph Carrabis on said:

      I picked up Roads to Quoz because I hadn t read anything by Least Heat Moon in a while I loved Blue Highways, loved River Horse a little less and PrairyErth less still Seeing Least Heat Moon s name on a book after not reading anything by him in years, I was intrigued.Roads to Quoz felt to me like the author was attempting to regain the voice and emotional power, the wildness and serendipity something evident in Blue Highways of his past writing It wasn t here for me Roads to Quoz is a reasonable [...]

    24. Lynn on said:

      Roads to Quoz was a bit tedious in places, and a bit long winded in others, but I still enjoy Heat Moon s voice, and the small town stories he uncovers in his travels The man reading for the audio version did an outstanding job which helped keep me entertained through many, many, many drives back and forth to work.

    25. Peter Lynch on said:

      Finished this a while ago, but not on much All I can say is, Blue Highways is still the best Now on to River Horse

    26. Jack Oughton on said:

      Super rambly American travel memoir Oddly compelling and apparently directionless.

    27. Mary on said:

      Quoz, according to the author, is a singular or plural noun, referring to anything strange, incongruous, or peculiar at its heart is the unknown, the mysterious In a series of trips around the US, most of them starting and ending in Columbia, Missouri where he was living and teaching at the time, most of them undertaken with his wife, whom he refers to as Q, he says he was in search of whatever quoz he could find My conclusion after finishing the book is that some trips obviously were quozier th [...]

    28. Mark on said:

      I m gonna go out on a limb here, and give some praise to Mr Heat Moon His very name a seeming heffalump of syllogism For an American travel writer, I feel he rivals my previous fave Lawrence Durrell Of course, Mr Durrell being an English subject is preconditioned toward all those things it might suggest, and , as an exile in Mediterranea, and maybe my biggest reason for liking him is the sheer number of oddball words he uses, guaranteed to keep you running to the dictionary Mr Heat Moon has a si [...]

    29. Jeanne on said:

      William Least Heat Moon mosies on his road to Quoz throughout this large volume It captured my imagination He rambles around the country meeting colorful characters and relates the history of the places he visits I wish I shared his ease in getting people to open up In case you were wonderingQuoz anything, anywhere, living or otherwise, connecting a human to existence and bringing an individual into the cosmos and integrating one with the immemorial, thereby making each life belong to creation, [...]

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