Magazine article New Internationalist

[River-Horse: The Logbook of a Boat across America]

Magazine article New Internationalist

[River-Horse: The Logbook of a Boat across America]

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(Secker & Warburg, ISBN 0 436 20530 0)

Twenty years ago William Least Heat-Moon took to the backroads of the United States and the result was the classic travel book Blue Highways. Now in River-Horse he has attempted a companion piece in which he undertakes an equally ambitious journey; crossing the continent by way of its inland waterways, a trip of over 5,000 miles. 'I wanted to see those secret parts, hidden from road travellers,' he wrote. Filling a bottle with Atlantic seawater he sets off up the Hudson River in the 22-foot C-Dory Nikawa (River-Horse in the Osage language), accompanied by his companion for the journey, 'Pilotis'.

Unfortunately, for Heat-Moon the purpose of travel seems primarily to measure the impact his surroundings have on him. …

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