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At the end of the 19th Century W.H.Davies hustled his way across America, working when he could, begging and stealing when he couldn't. He saw life on the breadline. He was beaten up in New Orleans, thrown into prison in Michigan and was present at lynching’s in Tennessee, truly a diarist of the nether side of the American dream. After travelling with some of the most interesting and adventurous characters, an accident forced him to return to a similar poverty filled world back in England. "The incorrigible Super-tramp who wrote this amazing book. I have read it through from beginning to end, and would have read more of it had there been any more to read." George Bernard Shaw.

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  • Kathie
  • 22-09-11

couldn't finish it

Kudos to the author for writing a character so believable that he pissed me off. The protagonist and his surroundings were created so well that I could find nothing redeemable about the main character. A selfish drunken thief, a lazy social parasite, refusing to better himself in the least. I used to think that this segment of the historical population were just down on their luck but they were only stealing ours.

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  • 12-12-18

Stunning story

I First read this book when at school 1964,fell in love with the story, I enjoyed this audio book immensely, took me back a few years, the narrative is superb, you will really enjoy this story

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  • J. Williams
  • 27-07-20

A window into the past and another life

Having known of WHDavies all of my life I was surprised to realise that I had reached my sixth decade without reading this book. In these days of political correctness and also a much greater and blessedly wider knowledge and understanding of many cultures this can be challenging but it represent a landmark, and allows us to see how prejudices arise and reminds us of how far we have (or havent come). It is also a highly entertaining story of a resilient and daring young man and his attempts to find his way in the world through unconventional means.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 20-02-20

Loved this book

I first read this book at school in 1959 along with the rest of my class. I loved it then and I loved it all over again this time. My teachers name was Mr Davis and he was a great admirer of his name sake, he too a Welsh man.

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  • Paul J.
  • 13-02-20

Fascinating

It was amazing to listen to a journey experiencing the US at the end of the 1800, especially episodes which portrayed how generous and callous life was. My grandfather was born around the same time, I could imagine him going through the same wanderlust, his choice was to join the army, this author chose to take himself from A to B to C as a supertramp. Fascinating.