On the Road (Penguin Modern Classics)
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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.
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