Wednesday, May 8, 2013

"I hope you get where you're going, and be happy when you do"

On The Road by Jack Kerouac is a feverish chase across America

I just finished reading Jack Kerouac's semi-autobiographical novel On The Road. The book was mentioned in The Perks Of Being A Wallflower (which I read earlier this year) and was near of the top of my Book Bucket List.

The main characters are writer Salvatore Paradise and his high-octane nonconformist friend Dean Moriarty. Between 1947 and 1950 Sal follows Dean across America on separate occasions. In a restless chase for meaning, the duo is immersed into a world of alcohol, drugs, jazz, poetry and women. 

I loved the existential musings about life and the meaning of it all, but I couldn't quite sympathize with Dean and Salvatore. I thought the restless Dean was basically a selfish idiot (who ends up being the same absent father his dad was) and Sal was a naive enabler just until the very end of the book.

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