A Walk Across America

by Peter Jenkins
Category: "Travel"
Year of Publication:1979
Date Added:11/17/2003
Date Read:11/17/2003
Notes:"I started out searching for myself and my country and found both." Jenkins describes how disillusionment with society in the 1970s drove him out onto the road on a walk across America. He stayed with a mountain-dwelling hermit, caused a stir by staying with a black family in North Carolina, took up for a time with a commune in Tennessee and found God at a revival in Alabama.
My Rating: 6

Reviews for A Walk Across America

Review - A Walk Across America

I've been aware of this book since it first came out and was a bestseller, but I just got around to reading it. It was OK. The writing was pretty sappy. It did give a good picture of America in the 70s, complete with communes and polyester suits. Jenkins tells of his adventures while walking from New York to New Orleans. He wanders into a revival meeting in Mobile, Alabama and finds God. He didn't say much about his salvation during the rest of the book, and I can't help wondering if it was real. God did tell him and his girlfriend to get married at the end of the book. I thought it odd that there were no pictures of her. I looked up on his website and discovered that he's now married to someone else. That made me uninterested in reading any of the many other books he's written about other walks he's taken.
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