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On the Wagon

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Jack Kerouac’s On the Road helped to define freedom for a generation. But when a young recovering alcoholic turned to the Beat classic for inspiration, he saw more warning signs and wreckages than enlightenment and self-discovery. Was that really freedom?

Setting off from Australia, Lennox Nicholson retraces the journey of Sal Paradise and Dean Moriarty but with one crucial
Published July 25th 2017 by Affirm Press
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Lennox Nicholson
Aug 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
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An interesting read. This is the memoir of an Aussie recovering alcoholic retracing some of the road trip from Kerouac's On the Road. With the goal of winding up in Atlanta for a big AA meetingg.

The story's interesting enough, and the interpretation of Kerouac through the eyes of a recovering alcoholic is (in some ways) refreshing.
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Entertaining and honest.
Look forward to reading more from this writer.
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What is freedom? It is usually appended as freedom from or freedom to, so it’s no surprise the road is one of its enduring symbols. But what if what you want to be free from is yourself, are you really on a road to anywhere? Or stuck chasing kicks on Route 66? Recovered alcoholic Lennox Nicholson sets out to follow the white lines of Jack Kerouac’s misadventures in On the Road, minus the booze, lawlessness and jazz, and to contrast what he learns with the Kerouac myth. On the way, he relies on t ...more
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