Jonathan Raban

Jonathan Raban was a British travel writer, critic, and novelist known for his insightful and reflective works on travel and human experience.


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  1. 1. Old Glory

    In this travelogue, the author embarks on an ambitious solo journey down the Mississippi River, navigating the complex currents of both the waterway and the American heartland. Steering a 16-foot aluminum motorboat, he delves into the diverse cultures, histories, and landscapes of the river, encountering a vivid cast of characters along the way. The narrative captures the essence of the United States during a particular period, exploring the intersection of the past and present, the urban and rural, and the mythic versus the everyday. Through his eyes, readers experience the mighty river's role as both a conduit for adventure and a mirror reflecting the nation's soul.

    The 1983rd Greatest Book of All Time
  2. 2. Passage To Juneau

    In "Passage to Juneau," the author embarks on a solo journey by boat along the Inside Passage from Seattle to Juneau, Alaska. The narrative intertwines the challenges of navigating the treacherous coastal waters with personal reflections and historical insights. As the voyage progresses, it becomes a profound exploration of the landscape, maritime history, and the author's own internal struggles, particularly dealing with the sudden death of his father and the unraveling of his marriage. The book offers a meditative look at the interplay between the human psyche and the vast, imposing natural world.

    The 6626th Greatest Book of All Time
  3. 3. Bad Land: An American Romance

    This book is a historical exploration of the American West, specifically the region of Eastern Montana. The author delves into the experiences of the British and Scandinavian settlers who were lured to this area in the early 20th century by railroad advertisements promising fertile farmland. Through a combination of historical research, personal narratives, and travelogue-style observations, the author paints a vivid picture of the harsh realities these settlers faced, including drought, isolation, and economic hardship. The book also reflects on the lasting impact of these experiences on the region's culture and identity.

    The 8956th Greatest Book of All Time