The Road Has Eyes - An RV, A Relationship and A Wild Ride

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Rated 4.88/5 based on 8 reviews
Were they crazy? Could Art and Fox leave the house and move into an RV full time? Art was a photographer/astronomer and wanted to escape city lights. Fox needed to explore her Native American roots. They started learning RVs. They were victorious but not before they courted utter disaster. The humor of this book seems to lie in the disasters. THE ROAD HAS EYES is a surprising and fun read. More
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About Arthur Rosch

Art Rosch was raised in the suburbs of St. Louis. He attended Western Reserve and Wayne State University, but wasn't much of a student. He worked through his teens and twenties as a jazz and blues drummer. He met a girl who liked poets, so he became a poet. He found that he was attracted to the writing more than to the girl. He began exploring the novel form in the late seventies and wrote his first novel around '77. It was terrible.


In 1969 Art moved to the San Francisco area. His first sale was to Playboy Magazine in '78. The story won "Best Story Of the Year" and he enjoyed fifteen minutes of fame. Since then he's been doing what most writers do: collecting bales of rejections and honing his craft. He has published in EXQUISITE CORPSE, TRUCKIN', SHUTTERBUG, POPULAR PHOTOGRAPHY and, yes, CAT FANCY. Art loves science fiction and fantasy and much of his writing is inspired by the work of Philip K. Dick and Jack Vance. He teaches courses in amateur astronomy and photography through local parks and recreation centers.

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The Road Has Eyes
This is a slideshow with Art's original music. The images are scenes from the journeys described in the book. The song, "Into Our Own", is from Art's music CD, "Out Of This World".

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Reviews

Review by: rnichol on June 27, 2016 :
A great read! A funny, suspenseful, poignant, self-deprecating, critical and uplifting journey through American life, with compelling real-life characters and many hairpin turns, I learned a lot from this book, laughing and wincing all the way.
(reviewed 56 days after purchase)
Review by: Michelle Perry on May 23, 2016 :
The synopsis starts off with the question, “Were they crazy?” It is a question that is never quite answered outright, but I can imagine the legions of outsiders who may have been thinking it. This book takes the reader on an adventure with the great outdoors as a backdrop and a burgeoning supporting cast of characters from across the country, seen through the eyes of the author and his partner, through filter of life experience and a stark spirituality that eschews the written page to draw you in as if you were actually there to experience the stark joys, the near-crippling fears and aggravating frustrations.

The author explores the pitfalls and joys of life on the road with charming honesty that it reads less like a book and more like a great evening with friends and the slide show of their latest great adventure. Yes, I know that last sentence, seriously tells my age, however it is with fond warmness that I recall many evenings in my childhood spent in just such a way.

At the end of the book the Mr. Rosch includes his ‘information guide’ to owning, buying and running an RV, complete with anecdotes. If you are contemplating such a life changing journey of your own and the preceding book hadn’t kept your attention then a read through the appendix will probably convince you that this life is doable.

All in all I have to say this was a seriously enjoyable, not-to-be-put-down kind of read and I am glad to have had the chance to gain some insight, not only into the life of an author (an opportunity I always enjoy), but also into a lifestyle that I once looked at quizzically wondering if my own grandmother had gone slightly nuts in her old age. It takes a special person to live that lifestyle and no, I don’t think they were crazy, more like inspired

5 stars

This book was well worth the price of purchase.
(reviewed 2 days after purchase)
Review by: Murry Grigsby on Dec. 30, 2015 :
My review of The Road Has Eyes by Art Rosch

This e-book was such a pleasant surprise for me and it was all I could do to put everything aside and not read it straight through. You know how some times you'll read a book and start wondering how much longer a chapter is or how many more chapters there are? No such problem here! The story is personal, funny, sad, happy, realistic and informational.

As I read the story I imagined that Art and I showed up at a bowling alley (you name the activity) as individuals to join a league and were paired up with three guys that were already good friends. So we immediately bonded as the two newbies. Each Wednesday night after the games we would retire to the bar and Art would tell me pieces this amazing story of his experiences. So I would get more and more excited to hear (read) the next chapter. By the end of the season (book) I felt that I really new Art and his partner Fox. I felt energized and happy because they faced each problem with gusto and a sense of humor. For me it is a very personal connection.

Another plus is the users guide to living and traveling in an RV. I know now I could stand toe to toe with an aggressive RV salesman and hold my own. I also found myself laughing out loud comparing some of Art's experiences to mine back when I would pack the family into the VW camper bus and head into the Rocky Mountains from Denver for a weekend of camping.

Thanks Art for a terrific read and I'll see you Wednesday nights at the bowling alley.

Murry Grigsby
(reviewed 49 days after purchase)
Review by: Lyn J Pickering on April 15, 2015 :
Art Rosch’s book captivated me from the beginning, not because it exudes drama, but because I could relate so well to the story-teller.
The book is readable and funny. Art’s quirky self-honesty, his perceptive ability to draw a character, and his keen insight into the feelings and hurts of others, all make this book an intimate journey. He writes with understanding born of deep introspection. I loved the descriptions of his early hippy days, his fear of commitment and the hilarious dating disasters.
And Fox! Fox was presented to him in a way Art could only see as the intervention of fate, or the match-making of ‘the Grandmothers’. Fox had lived through a disastrously abusive marriage and their relationship bloomed somewhat late in life. Part Apache, Fox is a roller-coaster, larger-than-life mate with extra-sensory perception and a hot-line to the Apache ancestors.
Their adventures in driving their RV around America demonstrates Art’s struggle with his fears and a perceptible triumphing over their stranglehold.
Art is an award-winning photographer, a very competent musician, as well as a writer, and I look forward to reading his other work.
(reviewed the day of purchase)
Review by: Nelson Rich on March 28, 2015 :
A definite 5 star rating Nelson Rich
(reviewed the day of purchase)
Review by: Nelson Rich on March 28, 2015 : (no rating)
Art Rosch is a gifted storyteller who writes about a captivating personal adventure in a RV, which combines humor, danger, natural beauty, and interesting personalities. The story is a fast paced, entertaining read which quickly captures one's attention and holds it throughout. Art provides a educational guide to RV living and camaraderie with fellow travelers. He even makes the mundane, such as changing a toilet seal, into a humorous, memorable episode of a small personal victory. You will ruminate about this story long after reading it.
(reviewed the day of purchase)
Review by: smashwrdfan on Jan. 30, 2015 :
Wonderful, thanks!
(review of free book)
Review by: UniversalDreamer on Nov. 24, 2014 :
Engaging, funny, fascinating stories that will keep you reading and wanting more. Rosch is an excellent writer!
(review of free book)
Review by: Animaltalker on Oct. 26, 2014 :
Animaltalker here. In my previous review I omitted the well earned
5 stars this book deserves. Sorry for the omission, you will not be
disappointed.
(review of free book)
Review by: Animaltalker on Oct. 26, 2014 : (no rating)
This book is fun, it's readable, it's sometimes spooky and often hilarious. Some of the stories here would be difficult to accept as truth were it not for the honesty with which Mr. Rosch addresses this material. I can't recommend this book highly enough. There's little else in the glutted book market with such originality and warmth.

By: Animaltalker
(review of free book)
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