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On the Road by Jack Kerouac
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Sep 02, 10

Read from August 21 to September 02, 2010

In skimming through the reviews of this book, I am quite surprised at how many criticisms seem to be based on a "shocking" realization that this book was not what they thought it was going to be. It seems rather hard to believe that anyone, in this time, would be able to pick this book up without realizing what kind of literature they were about to read; what kind of subject matter they were about to ingest; and what kind of mad-gone-beatnik author was responsible for its creation. Perhaps it is the result of too many over-zealous professors assigning this book to too many under-appreciative/close-minded students. Of course, people are entitled to not like this book; but to not like it because the main characters are hard to relate to and unsympathetic, or because the writing is rough and often follows "train of thought" tangents, is a day late and a dollar short as they say. That type of criticism is tantamount to statements such as "Dostoevsky is too verbose", or "John Grisham's prose is lacking". These statements may be true, or blatantly are in the case of the latter, but this seems to be the type of ubiquitous knowledge that one should be equipped with before embarking upon reading the works of such well known authors. Blah, blah, blah…

But I digress. Here is my actual review: “the book was wonderful”.

And for those who can’t relate to it, or simply don't get IT… no sweat, it is not for everyone. But for anyone looking for a hell of a ride, abounding with the beauty, sorrow, and joy of life… Go man go.
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message 1: by Daryl (new)

Daryl Telling like it is, ala Cosell. Great review and I agree with your response to uniformed critics. But as they say, "A little bit of knowledge is dangerous."


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