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On the Road - Jack Kerouac
I bought this at Luton Airport while waiting for my flight in Januari 2008. I had heard about it before but mostly based my decision on the text on the back. I expected a lively account of the lifestyle of a certain group/generation in the USA. It didn't dissapoint but I didn't really enjoy its style.
The book is written from the perspective of Sal Paradise. He doesn't seem to be the main character though, the book is mostly about Sal's experiences with his friend Dean Moriarty. Sal travels from coast to coast several times, either with Dean or to go and visit him. They also take a trip to Mexico. The title is a perfect representation of the content, much of the action takes place while travelling on the road, although it might be a metaphore as well.
Kerouac is experimenting with style and that's a good thing but I think with some more reflection and editing the book might have been more readable. But being as it is, the form really reflects the content and maybe if you're under the influence of something else than chocolate it's a more enjoyable read ;-) It definately has a literary value.
The story doesn't seem to develope, it just goes on and on and on in a frenzy, much of the same. The only aspect that is developing over the course of the book is the character Dean, who keeps getting more and more of an incoherent maniac. While reading some of my impressions (I jotted them down) were: raw. early hippies? sehnsucht. music+book=(beat)style.
What struck me as curious is that it's quite a profetic book; when entering New York by car Dean pretends they are Arabs who came to blow up the city. The flooding of New Orleans is also forseen....
The story seems to be taking a backseat to the style of the book, or maybe one could say that they are intricately woven together.
Geplaatst op 28-10-2010.
Reactie van AnnemarieI love reading your reviews. It always gives me a good picture of the book. I imagined that this is how Jack Kerouac would write. Not my style either.
Reactie geplaatst op 2010-10-28.