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I See by My Outfit

I See by My Outfit In Dr Martin Luther King Jr articulated his dream JFK was assassinated and zip codes were first introduced to the US The world was monumentally changing and changing fast But in the eyes of fu

  • Title: I See by My Outfit
  • Author: Peter S. Beagle
  • ISBN: 9781933572079
  • Page: 202
  • Format: Paperback
  • In 1963, Dr Martin Luther King Jr articulated his dream, JFK was assassinated, and zip codes were first introduced to the US The world was monumentally changing and changing fast But in the eyes of future fantasy author Peter Beagle and his best friend Phil, it wasn t changing fast enough For these two twenty something beatnik Jews from the Bronx, change was somethingIn 1963, Dr Martin Luther King Jr articulated his dream, JFK was assassinated, and zip codes were first introduced to the US The world was monumentally changing and changing fast But in the eyes of future fantasy author Peter Beagle and his best friend Phil, it wasn t changing fast enough For these two twenty something beatnik Jews from the Bronx, change was something you chased after night and day across the country on the trembling seat of a motor scooter.

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    1. Peter S. Beagle

      Peter Soyer Beagle born April 20, 1939 is an American fantasist and author of novels, nonfiction, and screenplays He is also a talented guitarist and folk singer He wrote his first novel, A Fine and Private Place , when he was only 19 years old Today he is best known as the author of The Last Unicorn, which routinely polls as one of the top ten fantasy novels of all time, and at least two of his other books A Fine and Private Place and I See By My Outfit are considered modern classics.

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    1. This is really such a delightful romp! In the Afterword of the 2001 printing of the book, the author summarizes the book thus: "a road book, an account of a cross-country journey on two small motor scooters by two New Yorkers in their early twenties; wise-ass Jewish artists both, utterly urban and Eastern, with absolutely no idea that the Rocky Mountains were that big, the Mojave Desert that wide. They camp out, they freeze, they get rained on, they have mechanical crises; they look up old frien [...]


    2. Peter Beagle? Are you one of the most underrated stylists of the twentieth century? I don't know, I just know your prose is pitch perfect and sweetly honest and I could read it forever.This is billed as a travel memoir, and indeed, if you want to read a book about the author of The Last Unicorn riding cross-country with his best friend on scooters in 1963, here you are. But this book is really the story of a friendship, of growing up and, of course, apart. It reads like a novel, and perhaps for [...]


    3. Beagle rides on a motor scooter with his buddy across the USA. The cops are always nagging them. The world has changed since the 1960s, and I think the watershed in this instance was a scene in Dumb and Dumber.3.5.


    4. First, thanks to my father-in-law Dan for gifting me this book!I've never read "The Last Unicorn," so I don't have any associations with Beagle's best known work, but I have traveled across the country (by car, not scooter) a bunch of times - it's one of my absolute favorite things to do. This travelogue made me pine - hard - for one of those trips, and to think of all of my past road-trip companions: my mother and father and brother, Jen, Maggie, Evan, Mike, Bill, and Annie. There's something a [...]


    5. Peter S. Beagle's autobiographical account of his cross-country scooter trip with an artist friend is very much a slice of Americana- quintessentially 60s, a kind of low-key ON THE ROAD for a more literary, clean-cut American type with a softer, sentimental core, indicative of Beagle's usual bittersweet style. Those looking for a fantasy novel will be disappointed, but those searching for something gentle and unique will be pleased they took the time to read this subtle little volume about being [...]


    6. I read this for the first time, many years ago (late 70s-early 80s). When I searched for other books by this author I could only find A Fine and Private Place and The Last Unicorn, but I had limited resources for searching then, no internet!As a native of northwestern Ohio. My favorite line (forgive me for misquoting this, it really was a long time ago) was all the streets in Toledo/Maumee being named after Mad Anthony Wayne. There is only 1 street but it's a long one ;)


    7. What a blast from the past! I'd forgotten a time when you had to explain why you were growing a beard, and called people "dad" instead of "man." The best line in this book is still "Only dogs and escaped criminals walk in California." A lovely evocation of friendship, people met on the road, and the hopes of the vanished sixties.


    8. Yes, I'm falling for Peter S Beagle. This nonfiction road trip recount is the best kind of travel story. I'm ready to be off on the road to see what I can see and who I can meet.


    9. A bit out-dated in 2008 but I had this book MEMORIZED I read it so often in 1971. No matter how often I read it,it made me laugh!


    10. Ever since I read Steinbeck's "Travels With Charlie" when I was in grade school, I have sought out travel books, and especially Road Trip books. This book starts out in April of 1960 when the author and his childhood friend Phil, who from what I can discern are in their mid to late 20's, plan a trip to cross the U.S. on Heinkel scooters [note: as they correct someone, scooters, not motorcycles], which they have named Jenny and Couchette. They at times describe themselves as bearded Beatniks and [...]


    11. A total pleasure. My generation, Beagle's just a few years older than I am, so I can relate to the time period, the Zeitgeist. I'm also an amateur musician, an old "folkie," so of course loved the music they played on borrowed guitars, or in the music stores, or referenced.Their camping experiences a crack up. I'm a fairly experienced camper, so was appalled at their ignorance but admired their bravado. Was a terrific tour of the USA, seeing areas I've either been to myself or haven't been to, t [...]



    12. Un viaggio coast to coast nei primi anni ’60 con i suoi imprevedibili contrattempi e incontri, ma non solo, anzi… perché dentro questo libro atipico di Beagle, famoso autore di romanzi fantasy, c’è anche il senso dell’amicizia e la sua fragilità inerme davanti allo scorrere del tempo, c’è il mutare dei ruoli nella vita, c’è la scoperta del mondo successivo che ci aspetta. Fin dall’inizio, io ero lo scrittore e Phil il pittore. […] Ho un ricordo preciso di lui che mi indica u [...]


    13. I'm always on the lookout for books about scooters, so following a recommendation on the Modern Vespa forum I tracked down a copy of I See By My Outfit by Peter S. Beagle (later to achieve fame for The Last Unicorn and other fantasy novels). It's out of print in the UK at the moment but my lovely local library had it in the stacks, stamped 'SPECIAL INTEREST DO NOT DISCARD'.It's the story of a journey made by two friends from New York to San Francisco, on Heinkel scooters, in 1963. Peter is trave [...]


    14. copied and pasted review from "KIRKUS REVIEWThe publisher's comment, ""travel book with a difference,"" seems a bit of an understatement as the author and his friend Phil, two nice young bearded bohemian Jewish boys from the Bronx, roar cross-country on their beloved motor scooters. It's early spring and these two likable troubadours make their way to California with joy in their hearts, sheathed in thermal underwear, and a rapacious desire to taste America, not to mention its cooking. They deve [...]


    15. The references are terribly dated, but the interaction between the author and his buddy remain humorous and very real-feeling. I found the musings in the afterward to this edition to be particularly lovely, as the author reflects on how his friendship changed in the time between when the book was written and his current, later years. It's also a pleasantly honest reflection on travel in one's youth, when it would be easy to romanticize the events of the past. Beagle's account of the actual miser [...]


    16. My trek into the comfort authors of my teenage years continues. Usually I pick up "A Fine and Private Place" to reread around this time of year, but I wanted to revisit Beagle's road trip book for some reason. Its a meandering, lonely sort of story. Beagle the writer and Phil the painter leave New York to trek across the country on motor scooters to bring Beagle to his fiance Enid. The trip weaves in and out of the lives of strangers' homes, pawnshops, gas stations, and campgrounds. I like it be [...]


    17. I read this as a kind of ethnography- a snapshot and layering of American landscape (physical and temporal), the road-trip, and the 60's. True to Beagle's voice and filled with the kind of sentimental, beautiful and bittersweet I expect from his novels. I wasn't expecting to enjoy it as much as I did-- the parts that stuck with me were perhaps not the parts the author intended-- I was struck by the antiquity of their travel gear, for example. I thought the section with the (probably) prostitute [...]


    18. I've mentioned before my deep love of Peter Beagle's weird style of writing, but this book is by far my favorite of his that I've read so far. His descriptions and observations and turns of phrase are so good that I couldn't stand to read this book without a pencil because I wanted to underline all my favorite parts -- and I haven't annotated a book since college. I really, really liked it and I'm sad it's not in print anymore, but if you can get your hands on a copy I highly recommend it.


    19. I loved it and was sorry it ended. Amazing writing and fun situations. Even today, riding across the country on a class scooter would be challenging. I loved how they planned everything according to the AAA Triptik. The Triptik is still available through the Auto Club but everyone wants to use their smart phone--until they can't. But even in the early 60's Triptik could leave you driving without knowledge if a road was outside the strip map. A great book to remember that the journey is more than [...]


    20. It's a gem of a road book. Surprisingly, I think it's a better road book than "On the Road." He keeps it simple and direct, and the magic of the road comes through in small, exquisite doses. It's a better book when you include the intro and afterword.which both succeed in continuing and embellishing the story of their childhood friendship, which meets its climax during this trip. The "inside" chatter between the chums is both a strength and a weakness.


    21. Enjoyable read. It wasn't exactly what I was expecting (it was more about the long friendship, in the context of a specific journey), but that's OK. Beagle's an excellent writer, and you can see his bent for fantasy coming through in some of his word choices. And I know it was consistent with the times butwowaveling across country on motor scooterswithout ANY protective gear. That could have ended badly, and Beagle admits as much in the Afterwords.


    22. I struggle with this book. It was interesting, and well-written, but not my style, I guess. I found myself experiencing Beagle's cross-country journey as a silent, unobtrusive, and invisible passenger/comrade, but also wishing to be one of the many "characters" he had met along the journey who "adopted" him. Perhaps I'm feeling disappointed because the rising action is quite long, while there is seemingly very little falling action/the expected climax comes at the end of the story.


    23. Back before he was known as a fantasy novelist, Beagle wrote this charming, humorous and sad account of his motorcycle trip--with his best friend, artist Phil--from the Bronx to Menlo Park, CA. Phil wants to see the country and do some sketching. Peter wants to start a new life with his girlfriend Enid. Both want to survive the trip on the motorcycles they love, which may be a bit sketchy for such a long trip.


    24. I read this memoir when it was recently published and I was a hippie-wannabe child, and adored it. I was a bit nervous reading it again*, but aside from a few winces at the misogyny of the time, I loved it again. (In the afterword in this printing, Beagle mentions wincing himself.) It's a tale of friendship, and growing up, and seeing America.*One naturally fears that the Suck Fairy has gotten to a book that you loved years ago.


    25. Another of my all-time favorite books, an account of two beatnik-era buddies traversing the country on motorscooters, stopping in small towns, meeting people, having adventures, and recording it all with a very sensitive ear. I had the pleasure of meeting Peter Beagle (better known for his fantasy writing) and he's as delightful, observant and witty in person as he is in this bookhighly, highly recommended.


    26. again, read this because it was listed in TLU as "other books by this author"It's dated, certainly, but it's a wonderful journal-type book of his observations as he and a friend rode cross country from NYC to San Fransisco (or somewhere near there)I thought it was delightful, and I have read it several times, but that was back when I didn't have so many vooks in my collection.


    27. I don't know why it took me so long to begin reading this book. It is a lovely read, funny, sweet, sad and wise. I have read three great "road books," (though "Outfit" is more than that,) in my life. Two are Steinbeck's "Travels with Charlie" and William Least Heat Moon's "Blue Highways." This is the other one.


    28. I enjoyed this book very much. He has a sad way of writing that is endearing; its sometimes overdone with excess prose, but even that made it feel more like an old friend telling you the story. I was sad to see it end.


    29. A quick read that I really enjoyed it. Two beatniks crossing the country from New York to San Francisco on their scooters, set in the 60's. First book (?) published by Peter S Beagle, normally a fantasy writer. Non-fiction


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