The Friendly Road

New Adventures in Contentment

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Author: David Grayson (Ray Stannard Baker)
Published: 1913
Language: English
Wordcount: 57,797 / 164 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 70.1
LoC Category: G
Series: Grayson
Downloads: 1,331 2996
Genres: Travel, Essays

Mr. Grayson sets out to earn his way on a three-weeks' spring tramp along country roads. His eyes are open to the beauties of nature and he welcomes heartily every chance to know and serve whomever he meets in a homely, friendly way, thereby coming into many delightful and unexpected experiences, which he relates with his own cheerful philosophy.

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that the world at large considers not quite sensible, not quite sane? Try it! It is easier to commit a thundering crime. A friend of mine delights in walking to town bareheaded, and I fully believe the neighbourhood is more disquieted thereby than it would be if my friend came home drunken or failed to pay his debts.

Here I am then, a farmer, forty miles from home in planting time, taking his ease under a maple tree and writing in a little book held on his knee! Is not that the height of absurdity? Of all my friends the Scotch Preacher was the only one who seemed to understand why it was that I must go away for a time. Oh, I am a sinful and revolutionary person!

When I left home last week, if you could have had a truthful picture of me--for is there not a photography so delicate that it will catch the dim thought-shapes which attend upon our lives?--if you could have had such a truthful picture of me, you would have seen, besides a farmer named Grayson with a gray bag hanging from his shoulder,


Average Rating of 5 from 2 reviews: *****
Renee Crosby

I stumbled upon this first copy book at a flea market 20 years ago. It still to this day remains as one of my favorite books of all time! Wonderful book for many of us today that are so busy and don't take the time or have the time to slow down and get back to basics. It makes you think...

Henry L. Ratliff

"David Grayson, is a pseudonym of Ray Stannard Baker and a farmer/writer, who is the main character of the story".

"The story is one in which he takes time off from his farm, to travel, by foot, the road to the distant town."

"He is an outgoing man, who revels in finding new friends and experiences."

"And why is the road so friendly? He seems to be an older version of Will Rogers. He carries a tin flute, instead of a rope, but like Will, he doesn't meet a man he doesn't like."

Another of David Grayson's stories of his love of life. The story is not for those who insist on hair-raising adventures. It is for those who enjoy the psychological exchange of thoughts between people. The story is mild, but not sugary or childish. Read it, when you need a break from sex, violence and murder. This is the type of book I call a 'feel good' story.

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