** spoiler alert **
What an interesting read this was. Beautiful prose had me riding with Sal out west. I felt a little lost after he got out there. Maybe I was feeling a part of the group in some way. At no point beyond the initial trip out, did I think any of the group had freedom. Just a different type of bondage.
None the less, it was a poetic, sad journey. My perceptions of what I thought I would be reading were far different than what I read. It wasn't quite the hip, cool jazz set I expected.
I'm glad I read this finally. Now to convince my 17 year old it is a worth while read.