Lost in America, A Dead End Journey by Colby Buzzell; 2011; $24.99; 291 pages; Harper, New York, NY; 978-0-06-184135-4; 956.70443 B922L; checked out from Multnomah County Library, Midland;4/24/14-4/26/14
Colby Buzzell, is the author of My War and in this volume he tries to recreate Kerouacs’ On The Road. Never having read On The Road I can’t make a comparison. Colby is torn between staying on the road or returning to his wife and newborn son. He stays in Detroit for a while and makes some friends, he explores what used to be a major city and today is one of the most derelict cities in the United States. Just saw a Detroit suburb offering vacant lots for a dollar apiece today (5/1/14). He encounters all types of interesting people as he travels across the country. He says he is looking for America but what he is really looking for is himself. As he encounters all kinds of people he makes a choice that will affect the rest of his life.
Did I like it? It was a moving look at someone trying to put things in perspective, to figure out what his past meant, what he wanted his future to be. It is well written and often brutally honest.
What is with the title of the review? After the death of his mother and the birth of his son Colby Buzzell sets off on a drive across the United States looking for something. He is not really sure what he is looking but I don’t he expected what he found.