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We Ate the Road like Vultures

4.17  ·  Rating details ·  46 ratings  ·  11 reviews
Lulu, a teenage Australian runaway on a unlikely mission, knows bullshit when she hears it and she’s hearing it from the two ‘ornery old geezers she discovers living with an Alaskan moose named Capote, and Salinger, a suicidal circus elephant, on a remote Mexican haçienda. She is on a quest that has taken her halfway around the world—hitching rides, sleeping at truck stops ...more
Paperback, 232 pages
Published April 2016 by Inkerman & Blunt
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Kelly (Diva Booknerd)
I really enjoyed Afterworld, but unfortunately the style of writing in We Ate The Road Like Vultures made for a difficult read for me. There is something incredibly enchanting about the lyricism of Lynnette's words, but I just couldn't immerse myself in the free flowing sentences.
The Mad Ones Independent Press
I was intrigued by the premise of this novel... that Jack Kerouac was not dead in 2001, but alive and living in Mexico and tracked down by a young girl who his voice in a few articles he writes for The New Yorker. It's a tall order, setting a contemporary novel square in a movement like the beat generation with fans who froth at the mouth with a sort of rabid fervor, and beat authors who are worshipped alongside Jesus and the Buddha. However Lynnette turns these liabilities into strengths as she ...more
Dec 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Part search for the holy grail, part coming of age story—this narrative never stops. It’s funny, doesn’t take itself too seriously, and yet manages to touch on most the really important themes in life. I wish the protagonist had had a good girlfriend or female mentor at some point though! She deserved one. But this adventure and the imagination Lounsbury encourages all to invest in what might be and what is really true—it’s a great one!
Erin Gray
Apr 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Such a ridiculous and glorious book. I gobbled up every word.
Susan Clark
Jul 16, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I was in the mood for something different, not chick-flick or formulaic. This definitely fit the bill. It reminded me a bit of the movie Midnight in Paris (which I loved) in that the character seeks out a famous writer from the past; in this case, Jack Kerouac. While this is fiction, it provided an opportunity to discover Kerouac's life and his writing. It drew me in because I wanted to know more about the teenager who runs away in search of Jack ... By the way, the protagonist, a girl, has a ...more
Jim Lounsbury
Apr 06, 2016 rated it it was amazing
We Ate the Road Like Vultures is like nothing I've ever read before. Fresh. Vibrant. Unique. Vivid. Alive. There is no way to describe this book, other than saying that it caught me in it's spell, and left me better for having read it.

The theme of belief being more important than reality roars like a subterranean pipeline through every sentence, paragraph and chapter, yet you never feel like any of the characters, however bizarre they might behave, are anything but three dimensional and real.

Jason Franks
May 04, 2016 rated it it was amazing

I sucked down this book for the second time last week on a flight to Sydney, and it was even better than I remembered.

We Ate the Road like Vultures is about Lulu, an Australian teenager who travels to the Baja in Mexico, where she believes Jack Kerouac is hiding after faking his own death in 1969. There she meets Carousel and Chicco--who she believes to be Kerouac and Neal Cassady--as well as Adolf, a young Nazi who finds a different version of Jesus while sojourning on a kibbutz. Also, a
Stacy Spoonster
Mar 13, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Jack lives here

What a sad, beautiful, funny, little book. I love the Beat writers and it is obvious that Lynnette Lounsbury shares that love. But I in the end this is really a coming of age story. It is poetic, LOL funny and a great ride. The only complaint I have is the horrible misspellings that often occur when a book is transformed to digital format. Normally this does not bother as I accept it is part of the digital experience (which is kind of sad in a way), but there were some real
Russell Horton
Sep 13, 2016 rated it liked it
This novel was so impressive after reading about it in a review, it was recommended to my local library so they could purchase some copies for their collection.

The reading doesn't need to be a major fan of Jack Kerouac and his works to enjoy this book. (it does help if you know that he wrote a novel called 'On The Road' though.)

Upon hearing the book's plot and then during reading, I was reminded of the story of 'Bubba Ho-Tep' by Joe R Lansdale. Very descriptive prose. The main character of Lulu
I accepted this for review because I read the author's previous novel, but I don't think this is for me, I'm not finding the style of writing easy to get into. Also, if you blow up a moose in the first few pages, I'm not likely to keep reading.
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