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On the Road by Jack Kerouac
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You couldn't pay me enough to re-read this baby now. Well, okay, I'd probably do it for £200. Alright, £100. Cash.

Kerouac took over from Steinbeck as the guy I had to read everything by when I was a young person. Steinbeck himself took over from Ray Bradbury. All three American males with a sentimental streak as wide as the Rio Grande.

Whole thing nearly turned me into a weepy hitchhiker who plays saxophone while he waits for a ride, then gets abducted by aliens who are these very kind blue globes, I know it sounds crazy, blue globes, right, & who take him back to 1922 where he persuades the boss of the local fruit farm syndicate to double the workers' wages and build a school.
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Started Reading
January 27, 1975 – Finished Reading
September 25, 2007 – Shelved
December 16, 2007 – Shelved as: novels

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message 1: by Jim (new) - rated it 3 stars

Jim Doesn't age terribly well, does he?


Paul Bryant About as well as I do.


Paul Bryant Meaning badly.


message 4: by HMB (last edited Mar 15, 2013 08:29PM) (new) - rated it 4 stars

HMB I didn't know books could affect one so much O.o
The worst I've ever had it was that phase when I convinced myself that I was gonna get a letter from Hogwarts when I turned 11, but that happens to just about every kid who reads Harry Potter at the young, impressionable age of nine, right?


Paul Bryant I was quite impressionable at 19 too!


message 6: by Maven (new)

Maven my son is reading this right now and driving me a little nuts. I have to keep reminding myself that I'm looking at it backwards and he's looking at it forwards. Right now, I wish he'd hit it. The road, I mean.


Paul Bryant tell yourself it's just a phase!


message 8: by Raposa (new)

Raposa Hello, Paul. I've never read Kerouac nor any of the beats writers, and I was interested on getting into them. Would you recommend me this revised version or the original scroll?


Paul Bryant whichever is shorter! I think this is the one Kerouac book you need to read, if you like it then The Dharma Bums


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