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I bought this following an article in a Spanish podcast by someone who wanted to go travelling like Jack Kerouac in On the Road I read the reviews on the book and bought it.Although it took me some time to get through the book, it isn t a page turner that you can t put down, there are passages that evoke a time and place that the film The Last Picture Show brings to the world of cinematography When Jack talks raves about a car that his friend has bought you just have to Google it to see what it looks like.The pages have some lovely character descriptions and the tales he tells of post war America highlight things that I wasn t aware of and made interesting reading Your mind imagines the places they stop and the people they meet Jack Kerouac has a style all of his own.It is easy to see why this is classed as a Modern Classic. If you were a teenager in the 1960s then you had to read this I read it, lost the book and then bought another copy to read it again.It describes his various car journeys across America in the late 1940s with his friends It is considered the defining work of the beat generation.You need to know who some of the characters are that appear in it, they represent real people but with their names changed, like Carlo Marx who in real life is Allan Ginsberg the poet and Sal Paradise who is Jack Kerouac himself The other main character is Dean Moriarty who in real life was Neal Cassady the writer.I have to say it is not a relaxed read, it goes at 120 miles an hour from cover to cover so you have to pay attention otherwise you lose the plot, it is quite hard work As a read it does not flow easily.It was typed in three weeks from notebooks and on 120 foot of tracing paper with no margins or paragraph breaks, so is bound to be a bit frenetic.Truman Capote s assessment was that On the road is not writing at all it s typing.He is right, it is not good writing.Despite that it is considered a classic of its kind, give it a go, what is a few quid in the scheme of things. This book is a long slog There is not a lot of plot It is like having someone describe to you just how fantastic their night out was over and over again I was pleased to get to the end However, having said that there are moments of pure brilliant poetic writing Kerouac had real talent and it is a shame that he did not produce a brilliant American novel There is a glimpse of an amazing writer in this long tedious book. Almost impossible to pick a star rating for this one Hated it and was often bored by it at the same time as being seriously impressed and occasionally wowed I am very glad that I ve read it, it will stay with me, and it reached places other books haven t reached.It s impossible to like such selfish, amoral people, descending like locusts across America, free loading off and laying waste the lives of their struggling, impoverished friends, relations and lovers as well as strangers and figures of authority, acquiring no insight or philosophy beyond a hunger for in a search for IT that reminded me of similar futile journeys into self in the sixties.It s hard to be interested in the repetitious succession of their exploits, described and thrown into the slipstream of whatever breakneck crossing of the continent we are now on Essential by the way to read this with an atlas at hand What seriously impressed me was the writing Yes, Kerouac bashed a draft out on a continuous roll of paper in 3 weeks, but this was NOT a first draft Yes, he undertook these mad road trips, but he spent most of his life at home with his mother writing and fretting about writing In her introduction, Ann Charters who knew and worked with Kerouac tells in some detail how he had been struggling, rewriting, researching other writers, debating with other writers for years to find the emotionally charged way of catching the thing about On the Road that he wanted The 3 week draft was an experiment in style to try to catch this Still plagued by doubt he produced further drafts after this one The critic, Cowley, who championed him and finally got the book published suggested revisions that he adopted to make it readable Additional changes were made without Kerouac s say so by an in house editor What survives all the angst, and rewriting, and furious typing, and chopping, and cutting, and second thoughts is the emotionally charged style he was after, and it is seriously impressive The sense of the USA in all its vastness and variety is a first for this reader Some of the descriptions of place, people and feeling are almost literally breathtaking.By the end I was sad, not disappointed For the characters, for Kerouac who died in his 40s from an abdominal haemorrhage brought on by alcohol , and for America, both then and since Ann Charters says Kerouac envisioned On the Road as a quest novel like Don Quixote or The Pilgrim s Progress And yes, there is awareness of futility here than meets the eye The narrator Sal shows often that he knows that he and Dean Moriarty are destroying lives, getting nowhere, ruining their health, wasting their youth, even as he rushes headlong to do of the same, hoping the American dream will be around the next corner the point being that we know what IT is and we know TIME and we know that everything is really FINE. I developed a fascination for the Beat generation after reading Howl by Alan Ginsberg I then read everything Ginsberg ever wrote, including all his letters He spoke so highly of Kerouac and rated him as the ultimate Beat poet Having read this, I admire the energy with which Kerouac wrote On the Road and the singular mesmeric lifestyle portrayed herein However, I still think Ginsberg is the poetic That said, I enjoyed this whirligig ride of a novel. Sal Paradise, a young innocent, joins his hero Dean Moriarty, a traveller and mystic, the living epitome of beat, on a breathless, exuberant ride back and forth across the United States Their hedonistic search for release or fulfilment through drink, sex, drugs and jazz becomes an exploration of personal freedom, a test of the limits of the American dream A brilliant blend of fiction and autobiography, Jack Kerouac s exhilarating novel swings to the rhythms of s underground America, racing towards the sunset with unforgettable exuberance, poignancy and autobiographical passion One of the most influential and important novels of the th century, On the Road is the book that launched the beat generation and remains the bible of that literary movement