Book review - The Great American Bus Ride by Irma Kurtz
A review of the famed travelogue The Great American Bus Ride by Irma Kurtz
Book Review – The Great American Bus Ride by Irma Kurtz
ISBN – 9781857021851 – 7 out of 10
Irma Kurtz recounts her journey across early 1990’s America in The Great American Bus Ride.
After 30 years as an ex-patriate the writer feels the need to re-connect with the place of her birth, and her ancestors, and decides to see the whole of America from the windows of a number of Greyhound Buses.
With a novelist’s eye for detail, and a tourists sense of discovery, Kurtz recollects her travels from Boston to New York, and the people she meets along the way, from fleeting night time bus rides, to more involved friendships, she often finds herself in the company of people like herself, who are looking for some kind of meaning.
Although it is basically a travelogue, the real life characters that Kurtz meets often have the ring of fictional characters. Although her mother fears for her safety, the many small towns that she visits offer her nothing but hospitality, and like the work of Kerouac, and too a certain extent Mark Twain, the journey is seen as being just as an important part of the experience as the people who she encounters.