On the Road (Penguin Modern Classics)

by Jack KEROUAC | Literature & Fiction |
ISBN: 0141182679 Global Overview for this book
Registered by petchmo of Liverpool, Merseyside United Kingdom on 8/5/2010
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Journal Entry 1 by petchmo from Liverpool, Merseyside United Kingdom on Thursday, August 5, 2010
I bought this book on Amazon.co.uk as I had been intending to read it for a long time.

I have to say the best thing about the book was the old photograph the previous owner had left in the book as a marker (which I am passing on to the lucky finder). I was very disappointed.

Whilst I understand the importance of this book's contribution to literary history in being the first to describe the 'beat' generation, I didn't like it. I found it boring, Kerouac's writing style is immature and undeveloped. Much of the book reads as a list of short choppy sentences with little expansion on meaning; 'we did this, and then we did that, then we got drunk, then we travelled to x, and then, and then, and then'. The book reads less as a seminal travel work and more like the babbling of an excited child.

Also Sal's relationship with Dean had no depth, the characterisations are weak and shallow. As a reader I was not convinced that Kerouac had a great level of insight into what it meant to be travelling across America in the mid 1940's and his trip to the brothel in Mexico underscored this. The book to me had no colour.

Kerouac took three weeks to write this book, it you ask me, you can tell.

Journal Entry 2 by petchmo at Brew Cafe - Bold Street in Liverpool, Merseyside United Kingdom on Thursday, August 5, 2010

Released 11 yrs ago (8/5/2010 UTC) at Brew Cafe - Bold Street in Liverpool, Merseyside United Kingdom

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Bought originally on Amazon.co.uk in June 2010, found a lovely old photo inside (which I've left in there). Released in Brew cafe - love the staff and great raspberry soya tea!! Check out previous comments on the book too!!

Happy reading.

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