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On the Road by Jack Kerouac
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Aug 30, 09

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You can read this book just for the rhythm of the prose and how it unfolds out of the pages the same way the land unfolds towards a vast unreachable horizon when you're speeding down that open deserted highway with the great Western sun on your shoulders and the shadows lengthening into the dark--but you might be dismayed at how Kerouac never pushes his characters far enough to feel anything real or complex or transformative, because they're always skimming on the surface of getting their kicks, yes!, in search of IT, gawd damn! There are some possible points of contact (how these young men are in search of their fathers, how they never find them, how Dean is an angel driven mad searching for God and never finding Him, always leaving ruin in his wake), but no one ever seems to get there. I think On the Road could have used significant revision before being put out there, because the rhythm falters under the strain of having to hold up the rest of the book, and once the rhythm is gone, you've just got noise.
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