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On the Road by Jack Kerouac
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Read from February 07 to 09, 2014

To start with, I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I can't quite pinpoint why, but it was easy to read and I wanted to know the people Sal would meet and the adventures (and misadventures) he would find himself in along the way. But towards the end of the book, I just found it all a little repetitive. Crazy driving, Dean Moriarty being ridiculous, copious amounts of alcohol and then some. Maybe I just can't appreciate the times because they are so far removed from what we know now, but some of the things that occurred just seemed so far-fetched that, on this backdrop which was generally believable, they bothered me. I know it's based on Jack Kerouac's experiences, but I'm guessing some sections have been subject to a fair amount of embellishment.

Still, it was an easy book to read and an interesting look at how life used to be, how easy it was to jump from car to car and make your way across the entirety of the USA in a few days and on a few dollars. It makes me want to travel and see all these places, even though it won't be the same now. This book actually managed to made me nostalgic for a time 40 years before I was born, if that's strictly possible.
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