Learned two new things today: Steinbeck’s Travels With Charley may contain little to no truth and the man who slowly pieced together Steinbeck’s actual cross-country trip is capable of turning in to a car.
[Mr. Steigerwald retraced] Steinbeck’s journey in a leased Toyota Rav4. And he did sleep in the car, he pointed out in a recent phone interview. He stopped frequently in Wal-Mart parking lots, and once he parked in a car dealer’s lot, impersonating a used car.
Part literary super-sleuth, part transformer.
Favorite Steinbeck books, go!
1. Cannery Row
2. Sweet Thursday
3. Travels With Charley, even as fiction