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On the Road by Jack Kerouac
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Jun 23, 2008

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At the end of this book, my main conclusion/review is, "this book is the antithesis of everything Martine believes in and wants to read about." I have to say, as beautifully written as it is, and as historically important as it was, what a bunch of schmucks these boys were! I can't believe the pathetic nature of the women in this and the arrogance and total egotistical nature of these silly boys. Neal Cassady, from what this book tells us, basically went back and forth across the country, impregnating women, breaking up with them, sleeping with other women on the way back to the East/West coast wife, where he would do the same thing. Back and forth this goes, and each time they take him back. And seriously, who would ever actually WANT to sit there and listen to any of these characters tell multiple hour long stories about their past adventures with every single detail included, as the author describes them doing with each other. I don't know... It's hard to give a crap about any of them, which is what makes a book salient for me. Caveat and repeat from the beginning--it is a wonderfully written novel full of beautifully described scenes that take you right to the jungle, beaten down Mexican village, or even downtown Denver/New York/San Fran. This part I much enjoyed. I just hope (although I assume it's futile) that young men out there don't read this and see it as their ideal life story or these guys as heroes. Sigh.

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message 1: by Joyce (new)

Joyce Love this book.

message 2: by Martine (new)

Martine Hee hee-I like how you mentioned me. =) It is true, I would not want to be with a man like these, and it makes me sad that there are so many men (apparantly) like these. That being said, I would also have given it three stars for the same reasons as you....actually, maybe I should read it again, it's been a while.

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