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September 25, 2005 01:34 AM

On the Road - Jack Kerouac


Title: On the Road
Author: Jack Kerouac
ISBN: 0-014-24-243725-5

I don't know what made me decide to walk home in the rain the other day, and I'm not sure why I ducked into one of the many used-book stores littered up Young street on the way, but I did. Now I'm the proud owner of my second copy of Kerouac's On the Road.

It's a book I've read before and would have read again long ago, if it weren't for the fact that I'd buried my only copy in a time-capsule in a small island on the North Channel of Lake Huron.

I'm not usually one to re-read a book, no matter how good; but this one is somehow different. Evidenced by the fact that this website's name comes directly from a passage in it, it's safe to say that this is a book that has affected me. I think of it often; it's a novel that makes me want to run out there, seize the day, and live, live, live!

As far a picking my first book to read on trip, this one seems like an obvious choice. It's bound to work me into frenzy and help get me out on the road. It portrays the sort of reckless sense of adventure that we used to chase when we were younger.

"Sal, we gotta go and never stop going till we get there."
"Where we going, man?"
"I don't know but we gotta go."
If you're looking for that extra little push to action, skip right past the self-help section of your bookstore and straight to this novel. His passion for living life 'in the now' is obvious... and infectious.

Comments


Patty said:

Since you seem to have been inspired by this book Ive decided I should read it too....the order is in.

September 25, 2005 05:34 PM
Kristen said:

Wonderful book to re-absorb as your embark on your journey! Countdown's on!

September 27, 2005 12:46 PM
Ryan said:

Kirsten, I picked up the book pretty much immediately after you emailed me. The quote you sent (and I used) put me on to it.

September 27, 2005 11:37 PM
quaisi said:

I`ve read a lot of Bill Bryson and Jack Kerouac was recommended to me. I`ll have to try him out...

September 29, 2005 03:43 AM
Kristen said:

You'll be pleased to know you spurred me to pull out my old copy and re-read it. It's been awhile.
If you find yourself in another old bookstore pick up Henry Miller's "Air Conditioned Nightmare". Miller's been my most recent 'literal-literature love affair', and that particular book would be a good one to read as you journey forth.

September 29, 2005 11:04 AM
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