By Bill Bryson

Un appassionante vagabondaggio in line with le strade di un’America minore, dentro il cuore delle piccole città che sono l’anima segreta degli Stati Uniti, luoghi in cui los angeles vita sembra rimasta ferma agli anni cinquanta. Un viaggio attraverso un presente rimasto passato, in una provincia rurale che sembra non voler lasciare spazio al futuro. invoice Bryson, americano di nascita ma inglese d’adozione, percorre a bordo di una vecchia Chevrolet 22.500 chilometri all’inseguimento di un ricordo. Restituendoci un pace cristallizzato, los angeles canzone di uno sterminato paese che continua a credere, a immaginare, a vivere fra le pieghe di un sogno domestico e provinciale.

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This had better not be a border as I understood borders. In crummy French, while Bright stood mute and expressionless, I described him as “pauvre” and “misérable,” said that he had made a serious mistake (“une erreur grave”) and asked that he be allowed onward passage. Amazingly, they nodded. Victor and the girl didn’t even attempt the contrôle. Somehow they dodged it and rematerialized on the far side while Bright and I were looking about for a lift across the sixteen kilometres of neutral land separating the two countries.

There must be birds and plants and animals and men of a kind unknown to me here, but all I see is sand. Sand and meringues of rock. This is Algeria but there are no marks of possession. Just the litter of vehicles: hubcaps, shreds of tire, shell of an automobile — evidence of human passage. Every journey a risk in a world devoid of life . . . especially when there isn’t a bloody drip in your jerry can . . After working for an hour, the driver yelled out something unintelligible that everyone understood.

It had taken me two weeks to get a visa in Morocco, and the official at the embassy in Rabat had said that mine would be the last issued. ) had condemned all foreigners to death. C’est dangereux là-bas, monsieur. Restez ici au Maroc. Having waited so long for the visa, I wasn’t in the mood to be put off. Over the border, I stuck out my thumb. The driver who picked me up took me to the nearest bus station, warning me not to hitchhike again. Europeans were now cibles, he said, targets; on the bus from Algiers to Ghardaia, the sole white passenger was extracted by soldiers at a roadblock and told to go home.

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