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On the Road by Jack Kerouac
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Dec 15, 11

bookshelves: fiction, memoir
Read in February, 1966

It probably isn't really fair give one star to a book I read 45 years ago, but while reading Just one Catch A biography of Joseph Heller I started thinking about books I read in the mid 1960s. I didn't realize that Kerouac and Heller were contemporaries with early publications in the same journal. So many years later, I am left with impressions of both books, not the details I should have for a review. Still, both books left strong impressions. A ledger I kept at that time lists many books I don't recall at all. I remember a slow start getting traction but eventually being really impressed with Catch-22. I dragged all the way through On the Road. My boyfriend loved it. I really wanted to like it but just could not. I had trouble pinning down why and may still just not get it. I'm pretty sure at least part of the problem is that the few women in it are cardboard cut-outs. Catch-22 doesn't have much in the way of women characters, but the setting was a place reasonably without women. Kerouac traveled in a world with women in it. I don't wonder enough about the book to read it again, but would love comments from others on their impression.
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Reid Hello Nancy, ok, I'll take you up on it. I plan to read the book for the first time, so I'll try to remember to post a comment here. I had a similar experience with Catch-22 - had to give it a 2nd attempt, but it paid off.


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