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October Vagabonds

Richard Le Gallienne

Book Overview: 

Richard and his friend Colin must sadly return from their distant hermitage to New York City at summer's end. However, rather than take the train on the 430 mile trip to the city, the two decide to walk the route, for as Richard stated: "Don't you hate the idea of being hurled along in a train, and suddenly shot into the city again, like a package through a tube?" Certainly a lengthy walk it would be, but the two decide that the trip itself can be the most rewarding, and their trek begins. Along the way, they meet people they never would have met; they witness landscape, nature and habitat which they wouldn't have otherwise seen; and they learn about themselves and their place in the world which they may not have otherwise comprehended. A clever travelogue of two artistic types from first person point of view.

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .e party the whole-souled, my-country-'tis-of-thee American, who somewhat resented these European comparisons, and declared that America was good enough for her, clearly intimating that a certain lack of patriotism, even a certain immorality, attached to the admiration of foreign countries. She also told us somewhat severely that the same stars, if not better, shone over America as over any other country, and that American scenery was the finest in the world—not to speak of the American climate.

To all of which we bowed our heads in silence—but the frivolous,
European-minded Rosalind who had got us into this trouble retorted with a
grave face: "Wouldn't you just love, dear Miss——, to walk from
Hackensack to Omaha?"

Another voice was kind enough to explain for our encouragement that the traveller found in a place exactly what he brought there, and that romance was a personal gift, all . . . Read More

Community Reviews

October Vagabonds by Richard Le Gallienne is a captivating exploration of autumn, filled with poetic prose and insightful observations. It takes readers on a journey through various locations, allowing them to fully immerse themselves in the ambiance of the season. The book reflects on the transient

This short travel story provides an excellent account of the early 20th-century New York state countryside, its inhabitants, moods, issues at hand, and the spirit of the time. With an existential message also incorporated into the narrative, I would recommend reading!

Another early book for kindle that I forgot about until now. It's a short read, a very poetic little travelogue about a man and his friend who decide to walk back to New York City from upstate, where they have been spending the summer. The year is 1908. It's something that you'll either enjoy or fin

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