Thursday, 3 January 2013

What I've Been Reading:
'On The Road' by Jack Kerouac

Started: 21/12/12

Finished: 03/01/13

To begin with, this novel swept me away with its dreamy beat prose but before long Sal and Dean's to-and-fro-ing across America got dry. I got sick of the charting of Dean's highs, his indecisive flitting between various wives. By Part 4 I was bored and if I'm honest, I began scanning, rather than reading properly, desperate to get to the end. I'm disappointed. I had high hopes for this novel.

Carlo Marx, Kerouac's version of Alan Ginsberg was a redeeming feature but not quite enough to rank this as one of my favourites.

Rating: 2/5

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