Strange and predatory and truly dangerous, car thieves and muggers—they seem to jeopardize all our cherished concepts, even our self-esteem, our property rights, our powers of love, our laws and pleasures. The only relationship we seem to have with them is scorn or bewilderment, but they belong somewhere on the dark prairies of a country that is in the throes of self-discovery.
The organizations of men, like men themselves, seem subject to deafness, near-sightedness, lameness, and involuntary cruelty. We seem tragically unable to help one another, to understand one another.
Homesickness is… absolutely nothing. Fifty percent of the people in the world are homesick all the time… You don’t really long for another country. You long for something in yourself that you don’t have, or haven’t been able to find.
Wondering Whom to Read Next?
- Norman Mailer American Novelist, Journalist
- John Irving American Novelist
- Raymond Chandler American Novelist
- Louis L’Amour American Novelist
- Philip Roth American Novelist, Short-story Writer
- Richard Wright American Novelist, Short-Story Writer
- Katherine Anne Porter American Writer
- John Updike American Author
- Lionel Trilling American Critic
- Ralph Ellison American Novelist