I started reading Jack Kerouac’s On the Road, and about time, you might say. All my life, I had expected this book to be a sort of hysterical gospel of the beat generation. In a way, it is, but above all it’s a hymn to the United States, its vastness, its sadness, its poetry and melancholy. It’s got something of John Steinbeck’s Travels with Charlie with, in the background, Ennio Moricone’s music for Once upon a time in the West. I’m glad I first went from Arkansas to Missouri, Iowa, South Dakota, then New Mexico and Arizona before I read this book. I can taste the wide open vistas, the mesmerizing monotony of endless roads over perfectly flat land, the sense of emptiness in this under populated country. Also, I understand somewhat better Aaron Copeland’s Fanfare for the common Man. All so beautiful and heartbreaking ! Like Kerouac, but under much more comfortable circumstances, I enjoyed the impact of unexpected encounters : an Indian in New...
I liked 'On the Road.'
It is, first, very well-written, with a clever, stylized narrative and some sly humor; the writing is, I thought, appropriate for the book's pell-mell feel while managing to remain coherent and easy to read. Likewise, the book presents an enjoyable story, with a memorable cast of characters and a pleasing variety of places. And, of course, 'On the Road' is every bit the classic travelogue, of the superior kind, which entertains and tantalizes as it establishes a functional sense of place; throughout the text, I found myself being "transported," in that way so hard to achieve in any medium.
There is, however, another dimension to 'On the Road': a psychological study. Namely, we are propelled into the psyches of the author and Mr. Neal Cassady, by way of their semi-fictional counterparts and their antic adventures. In this way, the book explores the drives, neuroses, and contradictions of these individuals, which sometimes wax...
I bought this book for my son as a last minute Christmas present. He is a traveler at heart and is hoping to do some longer out of the country type trips. He absolutely loved this book and didn't put it down until he was done. It only took a few days for him to finish it. I'm betting that when he hits the road he'll bring this book with him. It is a great purchase for anyone with wanderlust and a must read!!
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