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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

Sweet little travelogue by a romantic poet and his friend. Richard is staying at a hermitage over the summer when one day he meets Colin, a French artist. Summer is ending, and the two hatch up a bit of a mad plan; rather than take the train back to New York City, why not walk it? So begins their...more

This was a short and sweet read. It takes you on a journey from Buffalo to NYC. The author describes the people he meets and the nature he observes. It is quite obvious from this book that the author is a poet at heart, and quite a few poems are mixed into his prose. It is not the best story I've...more

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...more

This charming book tells about the journey of two friends, an author and a painter, who met at a farm one summer while the author was on a retreat from the hustle and bustle of his life in New York City. At the end of the summer, they decided that in order to delay their inevitable return to civi...more