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Start your review of Autobiography of a Hobo. I felt let down and well half way through the book I called time on it. I was hoping to read a social history of America from the late 19th century onward from a Hobo's perspective but not to be. If that's your thing then this book won't disappoint.

A Kindle comes into its own from the point that it's great to be able to look up people in history and American termino I felt let down and well half way through the book I called time on it. A Kindle comes into its own from the point that it's great to be able to look up people in history and American terminology of which a lot in this book isn't used by your modern day American anymore. Looking at my order history I find the book cost me nothing.

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Don't get me wrong, it ain't a bad book but it ain't what I hoped it was going to be. Oh and I get to be the first to review on amazon.

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I thought this book might give a good insight into what life was like being a hobo, but this is not about the people he met while travelling. And the book was radical and inspiring, right up until the afterward, where it was confessed that Sister of the Road was not, in fact, an autobiography, but rather a work of fiction. Let's just say that I was very annoyed. I still think that Sister of the Road is an interesting story and one worth reading.

However, I would be much more interesting in reading the life story of the man who wrote it. Ben Reitman was a hobo, a writer, a doctor, an agitator, an educator, a lover of Emma Goldman and a distributor of birth control information at a time when such doing so was illegal and highly dangerous. Now that would be an interesting story.

But back to the book at hand. Once I recovered from my peevishness at being duped, I realized that Sister of the Road really did not lose much for not being literally true. After all, Reitman based this book largely on three women that he knew, as well as material from hundreds of conversations he had with various tramps, hoboes, and other people on the road throughout the course of his life.

It remains a provocative glimpse into a way of life and an entire culture that most people were never aware existed. Boxcar Bertha grew up in communes, railway yards, and in hobo hotels that her mother, who both practiced and preached free-love, operated. Condition: New. Brand New!. Seller Inventory VIB More information about this seller Contact this seller. Seller Inventory M Condition: Brand New.

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