Review William Least-Heat Moon’s Blue Highways

Sunday evening, I read the last few pages of Blue Highways. You can’t go home again. I enjoyed my 3rd reading, but it wasn’t the same as the first couple of times that I read it (in the early 1990s and in 2008). Of course, the book is the same – I have changed.


The copy of Blue Highways I’ve been dragging around the U.S. since the early 1990s.

The book details the author’s 1978 roadtrip on America’s blue highways – the routes seldom traveled in the age of the interstate. Reading it again, I had the feeling that it was a middle-aged man’s lament, a mid-life crisis. The author is angry about his unemployment and he complains about people who have made different choices – those who have material wealth that he lacks.

I still like the book – I’d give it 8 out of 10 – but it just wasn’t the same as the first two times that I read it.

About mobilemojoman

I have been a Mobile resident for about a decade. Working as a college professor keeps me off the streets and pays the bills. I am married to a woman (the MojoWoman) who is a much better person than I am and we have two beautiful girls who keep us both jumping. My interests are varied - food & drink, sports, politics, exercise, books, travel, Mardi Gras, and all of life's rich pageant. In the future, I'd like to learn more about sailing, photography, Cajun/Creole cooking, making beer and wine, and writing.
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