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On the Road
by Jack KEROUAC | Literature & Fiction
Registered by Majosim of Roskilde, Roskilde Amt Denmark on 8/22/2005
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Journal Entry 1 by Majosim from Roskilde, Roskilde Amt Denmark on Monday, August 22, 2005

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I bought this the beat generation's bible in 2001. Even though I have been wanting to, I have not yet read it. But now I started reading it. 

Journal Entry 2 by Majosim from Roskilde, Roskilde Amt Denmark on Saturday, October 01, 2005

10 out of 10

Finished it a week ago.
Partly or mostly autobiographical, published in 1957 but it takes place about a decade earlier.
One of the major works in modernism after WW2. The car has become available to almost everybody and it makes a new possibility of getting around - of getting on the road. A new freedom of movement (see p. 132 - tires, car parts become a symbol of movement and new freedom) In the years after WW2 the car also changed young people's sex habits because it got the teenagers out of their parent's vision and control. Things were in many ways easier on the backseat far from home (even though perhaps in some practical ways more difficult?).
The hard and exiting life on the road. Sex, drugs and rock'n'roll - or more precisely sex, drugs and be-bop!
And liqour and "tea".
Great book.
Drugs, benny experiments... p. 135-140. "Narcoanalysis", p. 137. And they visit Ritzy's Bar where Kinsey spent a lot of time interviewing the boys.
Relatively openhearted on drug and sex experimentation it is written a few years later than William Burroughs' "Junky".
Jim Morrison read Jack Kerouac and I think that the origin of some of his poems and songs can actually be found in this book.
" the American night" - several times. ex. p. 144.
"... In back of the road house were trailers..." p. 90.
Wilderness (of America) p. 101.
"The snake of the world - 100 miles long" = Satan, p. 162.
"The sea of night", p. 216.
"The ancient lake of the Aztec", p. 284. 

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