“I had dreamt of traveling to the New World for as long as I could remember. I had filled my imagination with the romance of exploration until it overflowed with wild curiosity. When I left Europe on my journey, I did so without a definite destination. I knew only that I wanted to discover as much of North America as I could, from Canada to the U.S., from Alberta’s Rockies to California’s beaches. I wanted to see it all.
When I think of America as it was 30 years ago, I conjure fond memories of a nation and a culture that no longer exists. My story is the recollection of a journey of personal discovery that took place at the end of a very special era. So much has changed in my adopted country since then. Although the American dreams that filled my youth are long gone, the affectionate memories remain. Like a photograph, this book is a snapshot of that time.”
The theme resonates with the book On the Road by Jack Kerouak published in 1957, the year I was born. It differs in one single way; the humble intention of this book is only to share the journal of my journey, without claiming to be the voice of a generation as Kerouak did, and to make you yearn for traveling across a nostalgic time.
I think my timing is perfect for todays America ripped by the recession and the war. Jim Nelson, Editor-in-Chief at GQ magazine wrote that 2009 was the Year of Nostalgia, with people pining for the glories of Americas past, yearning for yesteryear. He believed that in the soul of this country, which, whenever it worries about its future, start anxiously looking backward.
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America’s Call is based on the journal that John Bernhard used to chronicle his trip to North America during the late 1970s. It is the story of two young friends on a New World walkabout, questing to discover their destinies and their souls during a quintessential time in U.S. history.
The beauty of America’s Call lies in Bernhard’s visual depictions of 1970s America, the various destinations that make up his journey, and the people he meets along the way. Bernhard offers a sense of adventure and curiosity reminiscent of the vanished era he describes, and introduces those of us who missed it to a bygone America that we can only hope will not be forgotten.