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On the Road by Jack Kerouac
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Dec 02, 2012

it was amazing

Not that can I can get rate or review this book, but since Goodreads has a five star scale, it gets all of them, If it had ten, the book would get all ten. I mean, Oh. My. God. What a riot of beautiful words!

The characters in Kerouac's book are crazy, as he also is, and it is an infectious craziness, a get-out-of-your-chair-and-catch-the-train kind of command emanates from the sheer force of the narrative. Seldom has a book worked me up like this. It is a beautiful story from a deep, lonely and unbelievably gifted and sensitive writer. No wonder this book means so much to Americans.

And Neal Cassady, what a character he must have been! The book is more or less a meditation on a single person's soul, a mad, interested-in-everything soul with the charm and mystery to carry a generation along!

The romance and mystery of the open road is the consistent backdrop of the book, and which I think is the book's most powerful voice. But what it also is, is a remnant of a time when people actually loved to 'live', just for the joy of 'living', the loss of a way of life I find cause to lament.

This Penguin Classics edition is going to be one of my most cherished possessions.

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message 1: by Sucheta (new)

Sucheta Sai! Yay Yay Yay! Welcome to the club. Madness to beautiful to behold.

Sairam Krishnan As Neal would say, "Yes, Yes, Yes". :)

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