Reviews - What do customers think about Passing Through: An Existential Journey Across America's Outback?
Be there yourself.... Mar 3, 2007
As I read Mr Menzies, book I felt like I was there myself. I was a ghostly visitor as he gathered these stories. The photos that accompany the stories tell their own tales; beautifully and descriptively done. Perhaps you will feel as I did, after reading this book, that it is long past time to load your own orange VW bus and take your own journey ... Passing Through.
A Book You Cannot Set Down Dec 8, 2006
Mr. Menzies book of his travels through Nevada and the people he meets along the way is simply stunning. Once I started reading his book, I could not put it down. The author's story-telling ability allows you, as the reader, to feel as if you are there during his conversations. Having lived in Wendover as a boy,(a town that the author visits frequently) and visited many of the same places that Richard writes about, I regret that I didn't take the time to meet some of these unique people. Thankfully there are people like Mr. Menzies who have taken the time to meet, befriend, photograph, and write about them. So, get the book, climb in his VW bus, take a ride, and meet some very interesting folks.
I've traveled with this guy Apr 5, 2006
It's about time Richard published a book like this! Ya see, I've been through the desert in his orange '73 VW bus, and he has so many stories about so many people. He isn't just passing through. He has made his mark on many of us. Buy this book, take an existential journey to your sofa, and enjoy the stories, the people, the photos, and especially the personality of the author.
Praise for Passing Through Apr 2, 2006
The Great Basin between the cities is wide-open nothingness and misfits who reside there, like International Ranger Floyd Eaton and the legless Stanley Gurcze, are just specks. But these desert dwellers have plenty of time to contemplate the big questions and their lives are deeper than those of us city-dwellers as a result. I thought I was the only person who travelled to places like Ophir, Faust and Lakepoint just to see what and who was there, but I was pleasantly surprised to find that Menzies has been making the same journeys to nowhere in his Volkswagon bus for decades. Passing Through is the result. I love it.
Superb Storytelling Mar 30, 2006
Back when I was young lad one of my favorite things to do during desert camping expeditions was assemble my ancient army cot and sleep under a glorious blanket of stars. Before dozing off I'd attempt to scratch my way through the airwaves of a portable AM radio in search of CBS Mystery Theater. The combination of the cool desert air, the twinkling stars and listening to the story on the radio is one of my fondest memories. When my attempts to find Mystery Theater were unsuccessful I'd strap a flashlight to my head and read ANYTHING by John McPhee. Now I have finally found something to replace John McPhee. Passing Through by Richard Menzies is a worthy addition to my library of superb storytelling. Menzies, like McPhee, is a master storyteller, but unlike McPhee, Menzies includes a fantastic photograph with every tale to further enhance his stories. Menzies has a knack for compact illustrative writing that makes the reader feel like they are in the story rather than reading about it. Maybe the unassuming photographs are his trick. I'm really not sure how Menzies does it. Turn off your television; get a copy of Passing Through and you'll magically be transported to Menzies' world of real, genuine, unvarnished human beings. The only thing better than reading Passing Through is to hear him in person. FIVE big `ol stars.