At a glance:
- Author: Jonathan Raban
- First Published: 1985
- Type of Work: Novel
- Time of Work: The 1980s, with flashbacks over the past forty years
- Setting: England, West Africa, and at sea
- Characters: George Grey, Sheila, Tom, Angela, Diana Pym, Julie Midnight, Vera Osorio, Eduardo “Teddy” Duarte
- Genres: Long fiction, Novel
- Subjects: Africa or Africans, Parents and children, Traveling or travelers, Twentieth century, Escapes, England or English people, Sea or seafaring life, Family reunions
- Locales: Africa, Europe, England, United Kingdom
Like Paul Theroux, Jonathan Raban is best known as a travel writer. Old Glory: An American Voyage (1981) was Raban’s fascinating account of piloting a sixteen-foot outboard down Huck Finn’s Mississippi. Even more than William Least Heat-Moon’s Blue Highways: A Journey into America (1983), popular at about the same time, Old Glory was a journey into America’s heartland that exposed both its beauty and its hatreds. Raban’s Arabia: A Journey Through the Labyrinth (1979) is one of the best accounts of that exotic region for prospective...
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