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Mississippi Solo: John Murray Journeys

Eddy L Harris

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'A wonderful book -- and a highly original contribution to the literature of travel' PAUL THEROUX

'The Mississippi. Mighty, muddy, dangerous, rebellious and yet a strong, fathering kind of river. The river captured my imagination when I was young and has never let go.'

Mississippi Solo tells the story of one man's voyage by canoe down the Mississippi River from its source in Minnesota to the Gulf of Mexico -- a lifelong dream, and a journey of over 2,000 miles through the heart of America.

As an African-American the dangerous of the trip -- of paddling from 'where there ain't no black folks to where they still don't like us much' -- were considerable, and on his journey Eddy is confronted by modern racism and the legacy of slavery, especially in the Southern states. Barge waives loom large, wild dogs roam the wooded shores, and, in the Arkansas dusk, two shotgun-toting bigots nearly bring the author's dream to a bloody end.
But Eddy also encounters immense human kindness, friendship and hospitality, as well as coming to know the majestic power - and the awesome dangers - of the river itself. Mississippi Solo is an unforgettable American adventure.

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