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On the Road by Jack Kerouac
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I've been doing a lot of commuting and have taken to listening to books on tape. On The Road is read by Matt Dillon, and he does a great job. Turns out he should have been a beat poet.

The text is a pretty good one, it follows a natural story arc, while seeming to be completely happenstance. It follows the relationship between Sal Paradise (Kerouac) and Dean Moriarty, an outcast among the intellectuals whom Sal associates. Dean's early circumstances suggest the terrible mistakes that he will make in his life. In the end Sal is the only one who doesn't feel betrayed by Dean.

Moral, don't let someone you know is trouble suck you in. You'll be even sorrier because you knew what was going to happen from the beginning. Of course this isn't Kerouac's moral: stream of consciousness really doesn't lend itself to morals, instead it has the occasional revelation which may be negated in the next sentence.
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