Review of On the Road by Jack Kerouac

The Book Stop

on the roadWhen I put On the Road on my Classics Club list, I knew little or nothing about the Beat Generation, except what I picked up living in San Francisco for a few years.  Still, Kerouac is one of those literary icons I don’t feel complete without reading.  This book came up as my Classic Spin book for March-April, which means it was picked randomly from my list as the next book I read.  Which is good, because I had to force myself to read this book.

I heard from a number of bloggers that this was a disappointing and difficult read, and it was.  Kerouac’s telling of a life of aimless travel, drug use and casual sex may be historically or culturally important, but it’s got no plot direction and few likeable characters.  Kerouac’s message seems to be that rules and responsibilities get in the way of really living –…

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~ by redheadedw on April 15, 2013.

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