River-Horse: The Logbook of a Boat Across America

By William Least Heat-Moon

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★ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆
ary nilandari
Found this hardcover edition in a local thrift store and immediately purchased it and started reading it with enthusiasm. It didn't take long to realize that something had happened to author since he wrote Blue Highways. I kept hoping that the author's mood would improve and things would get better, but it required determination to finish the book. It is possible, I've been spoiled since I have been reading quite a few of Tony Horwitz's travel adventures.
★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
becky bell
I became a big fan of William Least Heat-Moon after reading Blue Highways and PrairyErth. Such humor, observation, and insightfulness! River Horse falls a little short of the previous two. Although interesting enough and very readable, his river journey seemed tense and forced, leaving me with the unanswered question of what the point of the whole trip was.
I am glad he brought up the subject of cattle polluting and breaking down the banks of rivers here in Montana and other western states, we need to address this problem in the future. Cows have no business in our waterways!The status quo is no longer acceptable!
Caren Most Cold-Sun ;-)
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
shiju jacob
I am an armchair river freak. While I have not been on the waters of most great American rivers, I love sitting in my study and following the course of rivers, creeks, and various watersheds in the U.S. I love cataloging rivers too, using an encyclopedic approach, grouping entries under regions and by alphabetic order.

So we start with Maine and we have Allagash, Androscoggin, Aroostook; New Hampshire with Ammonoosuc, Ammonoosuc, Upper Fork, Androscoggin, Ashuelot, and so forth. So, I am, wholly unapologetically, a huge nerd.

This book, "River Horse" is the closest thing I have seen to my Bible. The only other one that has come close to it in terms of my hallowed readings is John McPhee's "Basin and Range" (oh, did I mention, I am a highlands freak as well).

This book is sumptuously chock full of delightfully evocative material of the great terra incognita of the midsection of our continent. I have not allowed myself to finish reading it. Bought it a couple of years back and have only gotten to Cape Girardeau. I indulge myself to reread chapters, take notes, reread them again, make new annotations, look them up in the Webster's Geographic Dictionary, check out things on USGS maps, and gaze endlessly at blocks of regions in Rand McNally's Road Atlas.

Thirty years back I had been a marathon hitchiker, taking off at a moment's notice from my college town of Bloomington, Indiana, finding myself in gorgeously geographically rich purlieus like Owego, NY, off The Southern Tier Expressway at sunset in high summer, walking the hills around New Paltz, NY, in the Lower Catskills on a sunny spring morning, in a field of grasshoppers off of I-69 north of Anderson, Indiana, on an Indian Summer day in October, riding a city bus into Oakland, PA, to stay for a night in the student union at the University of Pittsburgh...the list goes on.

So where do I begin descibing my joy with this book. Basically, it has it all, all the experiences of a wayward Tom Sawyer, set to music of the mind, perhaps something that John Hartford could have plucked out on his banjo in a river captain piece.

The gothic past of the Dutch Manor country of the mid-Hudson, the oceanic swells of redoubtable, but mostly unknown American lakes like Oneida and Chautauqua, the lustful callouts of tertiary waterways in the American interior, Anderson (IN), Chickamauga (OH), Beaver (PA), Schoharie (NY); the notations of random riverine circumstance, how the leviathan Tennessee and Cumberland, both emtpy only furlongs apart after coursing through abjectly differing regions of the Southern Plateau; the miasmic conditions of the great riparian epicenter at Cairo, IL, the ancient Indian mounds in the Upper Ohio Valley; the local pieces of great rivers (Long Reach, Smoky Island, Blennerhasset Island); the restored ancient hotels; the lost history of centuries of Native Americans, trappers, parsons, industrialists, speculators, soiled doves, aide-de-camps.

It's all there, the great drama of our continental drift. The denouement of the Erie Canal, the Roman a Clef of the Muskingum, the presagement of the Kentucky, the betrayal of the Wabash, the epiphany of the Scioto. The places: Newburgh, IN, Economy, PA, Port Gibson, NY, Willow Island, WV.

It must be read. Again. And Again. And again if need be. All citizens must be made to pass the River Horse test to renew their status as deserved denizens of our gilded country. This is the one.

Having said all that, Moon tends to love his metaphors just a wee too much (I never do :). His run-on descriptions get a bit too sinuous for all but the most devoted armchair river rats. But who cares. The guy has done it, one of the great shunpiking classics of our time.

This is the book that has it all
A Journal of Memories From the Proposal to I Do - The Bride-to-Be Book :: Parts (Picture Puffin Books) :: Madeline 75th Anniversary Edition :: Thank You, Mr. Falker :: Blues Highway Blues (A Crossroads Thriller Book 1)
★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
Having read Blue Highways and PrairyErth, I was anxious to read this new work by one of the profound writers we have with us on this planet. This book was well worth the wait. In comparison to his other books, this is closer to Blue Highways in that it is a travel scenario; more of what he sees as he travels, less of what he thinks. And it seems he's thinking about being in a hurry most of this trip. Heat-Moon is detailed observer throughout, and the points he makes about our environment should be taken very seriously. My only complaints are: 1.Too many nautical terms for us land-lubbers. 2.Not a leisurely pace, merrily, merrily down the stream. It's pretty frantic most of the time, as I'm sure boat travel would be. But overall, this is a great read; a great travel and environmental book which will take you across this nation on our forgotton blue highways: rivers. This too is another of Heat-Moon's 'deep maps'.
★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
vaile adams fujikawa
River-Horse has the unenvious distinction of being preceded by two other Heat-Moon books which were outstandingly great reads. My favorite was PrairyErth and coming in second was Blue Highways. River-Horse lacks the depth of PrairyErth and the wonderfull stories told to the author as he rambled around thirty eight states for thirteen thousand miles in Blue Highways.More importantly, where are all the gems of philosophy of which his other two books were loaded? However I did find the book fascinating as he related so much about the water ways and the envirommental challenges that face them in the future. Moreover he informs the reader of how important whether is to navigation on these water ways from rainstorms to snow melt. The best feature of the book was how it raised my consciousness regarding the trade-offs that are made when man chooses development over simply leaving nature alone. In particular, how the Corp of Engineers has robbed the upper Missouri of much of its august beauty through the construction of so many hydro- electric dams.All in all a good read, but one that left me wanting regarding the keen detail and observation which was so prevalent in his other two giants which he so brilliantly penned.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
sivaram velauthapillai
Rarely you see a journey book so rich,so teeming whit wimsical and profound details of little known town history,so sumptuously written. This book is a feast for the mind as well as for the soul.For is the soul of America that one finds here,but also the soul of man. A man who is to be connected to his place in Nature,if he is to survive.But this lesson William is giving is never pedantic,but given in his unique humorous manner.I've loved Blue Highways,and River Horse is even better.A real Bruce Chatwin of the USA.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
I loved this book! I started reading it from a "chapter-a-day" on-line book club. While it took a little getting used to his writing style, I quickly became engrossed. When my 5 days of "chapters" ran out, I took it out from the library. Then purchased it for my own. And then loaned it to several people who I knew would enjoy it as much as I.

Being from upstate New York, I was first grabbed by the initial journey up the Hudson River and through the Erie Canal to Lake Erie - familiar territory. I then became fascinated by the rest of the country and the characters met along the way. This was an great essay on how, while there are many differences in people throughout the country and the country itself, we are remarkably the same. And through good weather and bad, the journey continued despite numerous obstacles. This was an adventure of courage and persistence and I cried when it was finished.
★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
maryanne dolan
Most of us, after a certain point past adulthood, become interested in the idea of our lives as journeys. At that point, many of us look back, sometimes for a long time, before we begin to even look forward, let alone move that way. That interest is what compelled me to read River-Horse. I expected to find another Blue Highways, another chronical, not just of travels, but of self-discovery. I wasn't disappointed.
Not that Heat-Moon speaks with self-absorption or uses the book to detail his soul-searching or even clearly reveals what his quest was for, other than to satisfy his thirst for a river voyage. Very briefly he talks about what prompted the journey and what it meant to him; as he puts it, late in his story, I believed the long rivering necessary to my continuance as a man. Mostly, though, he simply shares his journey and what he saw and felt and thought and learned along the way. The result is a book that can reach out, engage, and finally enfold a reader on many levels.
One of these levels includes his sketches of the people who fed, sheltered, advised, amused, helped, and hindered him on his voyage. His accounts of them in their homes, inns, cafes, pubs, bars and other habitats are reason enough to read the book. Another level is the author's own wonder and outrage at the changes wrought upon the rivers by man since Lewis and Clark first explored them, the braiding of their currents and the warping of their natural courses by dam-builders and the unending streams of garbage tossed into them. And his frequent references to the chronicles of explorers and rivermen who saw the same waters in other centuries provide a level of historical underpinning.
For me personally, a couple of additional levels evolved. As a native Missourian living near the Mississippi and the Missouri Rivers, I wanted to hear what Heat-Moon, another Missourian, had to say about them. Then too, the trim, white-haired man holding forth at a local book-signing didn't strike me as a likely pilot of the journey described in River-Horse (I could see him in a study sipping tea or lecturing in a classroom, but not trying to moor a small watercraft in flood-riled currents), and yet there he was, casually describing his 5,000-mile trip. I guess you could say I'd become curious about the levels present in the author as well as in his book.
And finally, perhaps the best level on which to enjoy this book is simply the way Heat-Moon tells his story - like the master craftsman he is - with honesty, a keen sense of humor, and simultaneous amusement and wonder at life in general.
★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆
nova prime
I loved Blue Highways and Prairyerth, but found River-Horse to be just okay. Every night when I picked up the book to read, I briefly considered putting it back down and starting something else. But I did finish it, and am probably the richer for it.
I most appreciated the descriptions of the country as seen from the water and, yes, I guarantee that all readers will begin fantasizing about a long river cruise. The interweave of local, national, and natural history that is Least Heat Moon's hallmark was again very enjoyable.
So what's my problem? The author's admission near the very end of his narrative that this river voyage has probably cost him another marriage (I believe it is near the beginning of Blue Highways that we learn he has just separated from an earlier wife) made me wonder if I'd found the source of my ambivalence about the book. Clearly, there was an untold story here, and maybe more fueled his voyage than a simple desire to "mess about in boats" with a bunch of learned good old boys across the length of the nation. It's not that I'd have preferred page after page of detail about his personal problems, but more a feeling that he'd not been particularly honest with the reader. It made me wonder if, unlike many "travel" writers, Least Heat Moon voyages to avoid self discovery.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
corey vilhauer
After years of dreaming and preparing, my wife and I recently retired to live full-time aboard our trawler. Although we are still on the steep slope of learning, we recognize our reflection in Heat-Moon's love affair with America's waterways. He absolutely nails the connection between (moving) water and life. A marvelous read that reveals its gems as the river flows... sometimes in bursts, other times more languidly.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
amanda callaghan
William Least Heat-Moon crafts an amazing look at America's heart and soul against a backdrop of a journey across the country via its rivers.
He has much to say about history, native peoples, the state of the environment, and our own journeys through life.
There were times I laughed out loud and times I cried while reading this book.
Anyone who enjoys good travel writing, who is concerned about the environment, or who enjoys rich and multi-layered books will enjoy this.
★ ★ ☆ ☆ ☆
One of the seven Nikawa co-pilots William Least Heat-Moon lumped into the singular entity of "Pilotis" was a woman, New Jersey registered nurse Linda Barton. That one female among seven presented Heat-Moon -- or as I knew him at my alma mater, the University of Missouri, professor Bill Trogdon -- with a little problem: To keep to his plan to create a singular Pilotis from this seven-headed hydra, he could never refer to the character with gender-specific he-she pronouns lest he reveal on which segment of the cross-country river journey Barton accompanied him (although he did slip once by calling his Erie Canal companion a "squire"). The result was an entire thick volume full of some of the most awkward, forced sentence structure I've encountered since substitute teaching sixth-graders at Orchard Farm Middle School, near the confluence of the Mississippi and Missouri rivers.
Bad or inexperienced writers paint themselves into such untenable corners. The Bill Trogdon I knew from the wonderfully flowing "Blue Highways" should have been better than this. What possible reason did he have for this incredibly clumsy device which he created and then had to nurse Boone-County-Ham-handedly through all those pages? It wasn't the co-pilots' privacy, for he names them all in a foreword. Was his resulting self-aggrandizing focus on himself at the expense of his fellow travelers devised so that readers who loved him from his past work would end up despising him as much as he despised himself?
The Bill Trogdon I knew in the '80s was not a pedantic boor. His quest was to gather insight with every mile and then share it with us, not to excruciatingly pound us with what he already knew before he rounded the next bend. I longed to travel every blue-highway mile with him in Ghost Dancing. The 20-years-older Trogdon aboard Nikawa seemed more Ted Baxter than Mark Twain, and I wouldn't want to travel around the block with him.
What a pity. What a waste.
★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
erin martin
I found the book to be very readable and compelling. I read it in just a few long sittings and enjoyed it. At times, especially as Least Heat-Moon traversed the continental divide I felt the weariness of the author compared to the optimism at the beginning of the book. It was an immense undertaking and therefore a challenging book to write but in the end he discharged his task well. His account certainly gave me a new and valuable perspective on America's sadly neglected and abused waterways that were once the life blood of this nation.
I read some of the other reviews and was surprised by the triviality of several of the reviews. It is a much better book than they describe it.
One small cavill with our "Bill". In the section of the book where he makes fun of the silly town names in Pennsylvania which was based on the premise that these were all "made-up" names, there is one egregious error. NANTY GLO is not a made up name. It comes from the Welsh Nant-y-glo, meaning valley of coal and was imported to Pennsylvania by those same Welsh miners who named Bryn Mawr; big hill or mountain in the original Welsh. Both are names of real towns in south Wales.
It certainly has suffered some anglo modification but as Bill points out frequently so have many other town names which began with authentic American Indian names.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
Books come and books go - a handful stay on, as old friends. William Least Heat-Moon's previous books: Blue Highways and Prairyerth have stayed, well-thumbed and well-loved. If you read and enjoyed the first two, you should not miss out on River-Horse.
My initial reaction to River-Horse was that it was different. For one thing, the author has company this time, where the previous volumes had an air of solitary observation. Nonetheless, perseverance with River-Horse was rewarding, perhaps the reading being a little like a voyage in itself. Once again, WLHM provides a rich insight into the "48 contiguous states": a little history here, a thumbnail portrait there, glimpses of vanishing wildlife, and of enduring geology. The best books leave you with a feeling of having been there - WLHM certainly does this for me.
Read it, enjoy it. Oh! And keep a good dictionary at hand - the author provides glimpses of a vanishing vocabulary too!
River-Horse earns a place on my shelf.
★ ★ ☆ ☆ ☆
nicole heggelund
An acquaintence recommended "River Horse" in such extravagant terms, that I was tempted to buy it. Fortunately I checked it out of our local library, and saved myself several bucks.
The book is a disappointment on any number of levels. Ostensibly about a small boat traveling across the country, the author shows little interest in small boats and regards travel merely as a catalyst for his eratic and shallow musings. The reader would be better served by subscribing to the National Geographic.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
This is an Odyssey to place beside Homer's. The trials of river Horse aka Nikawa and her skipper are filled with suspense and human interest. When I began to sense the tedium in the reading--I thought they would never get across Montana!--I realized the tedium is part of the journey and he wants us to feel their journey. One of the most engrossing chaters is the nine mile trek with a guide he calls Virgil and we sense the intertextuality of Odysseus' descent to Hades, of Aeneas, and of Dante. His account of the temptation to madness as he writes about the darkness of a barren Montana landscape at midnight is terrifying, and we rejoice with him and his companions as they see the lights that mean an escape from this descent into hell.
I'm recommending this book to my friends, especially those who love canoes and boats and travel. After loving Blue Highways, I knew I would love River Horse. Least Heat Moon is a wordsmith who can hold the reader's attention, even when the words are mostly river river river river.
★ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆
bradley mease
BORING! The author of one of my favorite books (Blue Highways) returns with an egocentric and boring book of his desire to cross the United States on rivers in a little boat. I don't know what happened to him since he wrote Blue Highways but his prose style has become ridiculous. He has elevated himself to a status where he doesn't need quotation marks around his dialogue but he puts it around others. It's also like he used a thesauras to find the most obscure "literary" sounding words he could find and lastly, he never inspired any desire in me for his journey. Maybe that's because this "journey" was simply something he wanted to do to see if he could do it (and of course be the "first" to do it).
Gone is the introspective nature of Blue Highways (until the very very end and by then I was just wishing the book was over). Gone are the interesting antecdotes and stories of people/places along the way. I would guess that well over half of the stories he does tell are recalled from earlier times.
If you liked Blue Highways, don't read this. Keep your experience of Heat-Moon confined to his other work.
★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
That's exactly what the detractors of "Moon's" latest odyssey should do. This is exactly what Moon seems to be doing in this book, lightening up in his own, personal words. This is the first of his books that I've read and it's got me wanting to get his others. While I did find some parts to drag on a bit and make me want to learn speed reading, overall I enjoyed what I learned about the history of these rivers and lakes. From the way he uses, and sometimes abuses, the english language, and his perspectives of what's happening around him, I can tell this guy's a real character. I'd love to share a bit of "River Relief" with him. Along with this, I would have enjoyed to travel along with him every watery step of the way.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
seth meisel
I felt that I was on board the River Horse as it motored the Hudson, Erie Canal, Ohio, Mississippi, Missouri, Columbia and all the other rivers it transited on its inland journey between the Atlantic and Pacific. Least-Moon's journal is more than a description of the sites on the journey; it described the moments of elation and frustration that were felt by the author and the crew, the beauty of the rivers and the tackiness caused by man. I agree with some of the other reviews that the individuals who were melded together as Pilotis, Heat-Moon's companion on the voyage should have been identified; that literary device is a distraction from an otherwise excellent book. I have read all three of Heat-Moon's books - all excellent and of the five-star category.
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drew mendelson
The late Spiro Agnew ("nattering nabobs of negativism") would have loved this book's language, even though he would have hated its sentiments. W. L. H-M offers the basic environmentalist's screed, and even though I personally agree with much of it, his is a novel approach: he will try to win your agreement through interminable boredom. If you like pedantry, you'll love this book.
★ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆
russen guggemos
I wanted to read about the fabulous adventure. I only made it through 30 pages of this book. The author must have read too many ancient texts translated by 19th century academics. This one failed to keep me awake. Perhaps if Pilotis (the anonymous first mate for this voyage) published his diary I would be more interested.
★ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆
lee anne
Overall the book is pretty dull. In order to liven up sections Heat=Moon tries to get us worried about whether or not he'll hit his timeline or even sink the boat. After a few of these exagerrated concerns are told the remaining ones are not at all believable.
Every few pages he also likes to remind us how bad Americans are at keeping our environment spotless and wild. This coming from a man cruising the rivers in a twin engine boat, and on shallower parts even puts a motor on his canoe. This, also coming from a man who would not have gotten past New York if it wasn't for the Erie Canal. Preaching, during a book like this, is normal and expected. He just takes it over the top and by the end of the book I was rooting for another dam to be built.
Finally, there are too many stories about himself and how he was feeling and not enough anecdotes about people he met along the way. It's those colorful stories that usually make travel books likes these interesting.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
florenta jafri
Jay O. Sanders reading of this audiobook and the wordsmithery of William Least Heat-Moon combine for an unforgettable listening journey through the waterworld of a USA we never see and never knew existed. From the Verrazano Bridge in New York harbor to the Columbia river mouth in the Pacific you ride the dory "River Horse" and the Grumman canoe to places,times and existences that seem part of an alien world. A powerful, relentless, personal triumph of one man's driven obsession to cross inland America by water. I loved Prarie Erth and Blue Highways before this but this one is very deep water indeed.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
katherine wyvern
For those who love a journey rich in details about landscapes visited, people met, difficulties resolved through chance, and sailing challenges surmounted, this is the book for you! I was raised in Ohio, so greatly enjoyed this opportunity to visit again towns along Lake Erie and the Ohio River. The author, also the captain of the Ikawa, a small, flat-bottomed boat, sails East to West across America, and while doing so, documents his voyage with honesty and humor.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
the flooze
While reading Prairyerth, I kept wondering when that large book on the 'dull' Kansas landscape was going to follow suit and become tedious to read. It was with much joy and amazement that I found unexpected pleasures in each new chapter, and was kept engaged by Mr. Heat-Moon right to the end.
This book is neither Prairyerth's Deep Map of Chase County, Kansas or Blue Highways circling of the United States. It comes close to being a perfectly realized combination of the two however: a close look at the lifeblood of this countries Lands, Waters & People(s), and their shared history. It is delightful: Enjoy!
★ ★ ☆ ☆ ☆
What a disappointment after reading Blue Highways -- which this certainly is not! Had Heat-Moon given in a Prologue the tale of him giving up his marriage in order to do this boat trip I certainly wouldn't have read the book. It seemed, as I read it, that I was tempted numerous times to put it down and never pick it up again. There is so much negativism and cynicism with jabs at religion, politics and being an activist for much of the trip. I like to read enjoyable books. So, I say, if you feel you have to read it, check it out of a library.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
natasha orgass
I am only 100 pages into this book -- and already owe Heat Moon at least a case of his favored stout. I have long dreamed of making a similar journey -- this book will be my guide for the "Voyage of the Island Dreamer". Read this book for your own dream -- either of a similar journey on the river -- or one in your mind to enjoy the beauty, spirit and uniqueness of our country from riversedge.
★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆
andrew kubasek
Mostly entertaining; sometimes hard to follow.
Here's a note for publishers:
if you provide maps, every place mentioned in the text should shown, instead of sending readers on continual wild-goose chases for information you were too niggardly to provide.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
The book gets a little bit boring at times, but Heat-Moon's great way-with-words makes up for it. I learned a whole lot about America's longest river. This is one of those books you don't want to see end. Nothing exciting, just good writing.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
karen hasterok
Does it again, outstanding book by the author of Blue Highways, excellent wordsmith, takes a rather dull trip and makes it interesting. Could have been a little more technical for us boat people and his refferences to the Lewis-Clark journals were a little out of sync. This book is so much better than PrairyErth, and close to Highways. I could recommend to anybody and it will become an American classic. Will be looking forward to his next one.
★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
laura mcgovern
I only recently discovered Willian Least Heat-Moon's works, having finished Blue Highways just a couple of weeks ago. I was utterly mesmerized by Heat-Moon's river journey across America. While I missed the interactions between the author and the people he encountered that made Blue Highways so successful, his conversations with Pilotis often had me laughing out loud on the bus I take home from work everyday! A must read for a Heat-Moon fan.
★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
alden conner
Great narrative of a brave jaunt. This man knows how to live. Use of words is incredible, though sometimes I found myself thrown by too many long ones in one sentence and I wished I knew more about Pilotis and the interactions with others along the way. Yet each night I looked forward to getting back into bed and figuratively taking this journey along with Heat-Moon, an invitingly great escape from the regularity of life.
★ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆
susan alvarado
WLHM had a great idea; to recycle Blue Highways, this time on a boat. However, what made Blue Highways a wonderful read was not the highway or even the van - but the people he encountered on his way. When you travel across America on a boat you don't interact with very many interesting people. The result - a lot of water, shoreline and pretension. I don't which was worse; the author's struggle to complete the journey or my struggle to complete the book.
★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆
This could have been a great adventure story. Heat-Moon is a master storyteller and,in parts,the book is very entertaining. It is spoiled,however, by being overly long and by the authors constant sermonizing about his own Environmentalist agenda. He rails against Mining,Hydro-electric power,cattle grazing and private property in general. Keep it to yourself,Mr.Heat-Moon, I didn't enjoy the lecture.
★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
terra masias
My 89 year old Mom frequently uses the phrase "long time back" when she relates a story from her childhood or other young years. This book, while written to describe a recent odyssey of a man "westering" across America by waterway, really made me feel as if I were long time back with the Lewis and Clark "Voyage of Discovery." This is a great book.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
A life-long fan of travel books, I've seldom found a journey more completely told and understood. Least Heat-Moon's voyage became my own and more than that, an inspiration to live life engulfed and not merely experienced at a comfortable float.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
I bought this book several years ago and have re-read it more than once. This is an interesting book with lots of information. An easy read.
★ ★ ☆ ☆ ☆
fatma omrani
This must have been one very long, boring and tedious trip. It has taken me almost as long to read the book as it took the author to make the trip. I stayed with it because the idea of seeing America from the riverbank was most appealing. I was disappointed and I think the author was too!
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
I did not realize it was large print, I don't remember reading that at all in description. It's good. I forgot it was a hardback too. OK.

I'd already read the book, so wanted it for my personal collection.


the reviews are way too complicated.
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hisham zain
The author is the Master of the Metaphors;Captain of the "Least" traveled America where the gristle, guts, and grit evolved. A Good Read!
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jonathan palfrey
Very interesting.
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Its a vicarious adventure to explore the rivers of North America by reading about William Least-Heat Moon's journey.
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River Horse was a huge disappointment. It was about as exciting as a non-stop, cross country journey via an interstate highway. This is William Least Heat Moon at his worst.
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josabeth comandante
another good book. well put together and i felt as if i was the second mate on that boat good book brings out the goodness of america and americans. check it out could almost be the On the road of river travel
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