Tony Horwitz: One for the Road: Hitchhiking through the Australian Outback

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  • Martin Kich (Wright State University )

Tony Horwitz’s One for the Road: Hitchhiking through the Australian Outback (1987) is a truly engaging travel narrative. Horwitz, an American immigrant working as a reporter for a Sydney newspaper, had hitchhiked extensively in America. Although on the whole those experiences had been anything but uplifting, the historical impenetrability of the outback and his own sense of impending middle-age combine to lure him into the region. Indeed, his choosing to hitchhike across most of the Australian continent west and northwest of the urban sprawl of the southeast coast is less a bid to recapture his youth than a last concession to its passing.

Thus, from the outset, Horwitz is ambivalent about his undertaking. On the one …

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Kich, Martin. "One for the Road: Hitchhiking through the Australian Outback". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 17 September 2003
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