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On The Road

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Book Cover Reading Jack Kerouac’s On the Road took me ages. I don’t really know why because it was an enjoyable read and well written. But somehow I started reading it on and off with other things interfering all the time. Probably not the best way to enjoy a book.

What can I say? It’s probably one way of American Dreaming. Restlessly going through a vast country, pursuing happiness of some kind. Following a gross unsympathetic maniac. Or so.

Perhaps I am living in the wrong time, but I didn’t find the book as groundbreaking as the cover blurbs and the introduction made me believe it is.

Bookmark: 24-08-2001 railway journey London to Maidstone.

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June 5, 2004, 19:16

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Comment by Jeff Rawson: User icon

I too found that Jack Kerouac’s ‘On the Road’ took an unexpectedly long time to read. Despite that however, I found it to be one of the most enjoyable and expansive reads I’d experienced in a long time. It has given me a totally different, perhaps albeit anachronist and romantic view, of the american dream. Kerouac;s poetic language is simply unforgetable.

April 13, 2007, 15:50

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