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On the Road by Jack Kerouac
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it was amazing

A rolling stone gathers no moss…
Nothing behind me, everything ahead of me, as is ever so on the road.

Roads weave into a tapestry of life… Roads interlace into a labyrinth… There is no end to them… One can’t reach a finish… One can only stop… Or to be stopped.
A time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up that which is planted…

There is a time to sow wild oats and a time to reap what was sown…
…there was nothing behind me any more, all my bridges were gone and I didn’t give a damn about anything at all.

Every young generation has their own locus of romance and high hopes. And every young generation has its own roads to travel.
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Reading Progress

February 12, 2011 – Started Reading
February 14, 2011 – Finished Reading
January 20, 2014 – Shelved

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message 1: by Dolors (last edited Apr 28, 2016 11:05PM) (new) - added it

Dolors "Roads weave into a tapestry… Roads interlace into a labyrinth… There is no end to them… One can’t reach a finish… One can only stop… Or to be stopped."
Nicely put, Vit.
Your musings on Kerouac's roads made me think of Robert Frost's "The Road not taken"...


message 2: by Vit (new) - rated it 5 stars

Vit Babenco I thought that I’ve never read anything by Robert Frost. But when I looked this poem up I was surprised to find out that I know it pretty well.
Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,
And sorry I could not travel both…


Florencia I think I didn't read this at the right time. I should revisit this book someday. Very nice review.


message 4: by Vit (new) - rated it 5 stars

Vit Babenco Thank you, Florencia. The beat generation was a generation of self-destruction.


message 5: by Gregory (new)

Gregory Garmon I so want to love Kerouac but I cannot get ten pages into any one of his books. Ken Kessey and Tom Wolf though, love them. Have you read Electric Kool aid acid Test?


message 6: by Vit (new) - rated it 5 stars

Vit Babenco If I remember right, I have had a couple of false starts in reading On the Road but a third time I coerced myself to read further and in the end, I enjoyed the book. Tom Wolf is a poseur; I hate his novels and his fake new journalism. I have no clue who Ken Kessey is but if you mean Ken Kesey then One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest is one of my favourite books.


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