On the Road

Jack Kerouac 's groundbreaking novel—soon to be major motion picture with a star-studded cast In what is sure to be one of the major cinematic events of 2012, Jack Kerouac 's legendary Beat classic, On thi Road, will finally hit the big screen. Directed by Walter Salles ( he Motorcycle Diaries; Paris, Je T'Aime) and with a cast of some of Hollywood 's biggest stars, including Kristen Stewart ( The Twilight Saga), Sam Riley, Garrett Hedlund, Kirsten Dunst, Amy Adams ( Julie& amp; Julia, he Fighter), Tom Sturridge, and Viggo Mortensen ( the Lord of the Rings trilogy, Road), movi will attract new fans who will be influence by Kerouac 's revolutionary masterwork.
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Published November 20th 2012 by Penguin Books (first published September 5th 1957

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Actually I stepped back a little from the awe at Dean 's greatness, this nove ha quite sad, and it aused me to ut away that romanticism for a while.Now, 2 years earlie, hough, On he Road is coming back to me full on.

oad is every bit as romantic as Sal Paradise made it out to be, and its glory far out weighs the short comings of Dean as a mentor.

I mean, the road is a lot like Dean, it gives a lot out of you, but you get addicted to it and obsessed with it and ca n't let it go, and I do n't know there 's any other way about it.

I fee his ook can be read by veryone who aspires to forget about America.

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It is early morning and I ave just woken up with a sore head, an empty bed and a full bladder.ConfesssionLet me begin with a confession that dearly wants to become an assertion.I probably read th essa before most of you were born.So there! Would n't you love to think that! If only I had the courage of my convictions.Instead, I have only convictions, and they hav any and varied.However, I am confident that by the nd of my ( this) sentence, I hall be released.Elevated to the BarI read OTR in my eens, which were spread all over the end of the 60 's and the startin of the 70's.My life was dominated by Scouting for Boys.I mean the book, ot the activity.My mantra was " be prepared ", although at the time I did n't appreciat that this actually meant " be prepared for war " .After reading OTR, my new mantra was " be inebriated " .Mind you, I ad no idea what alcohol tasted like, but it sounded good.Gone were two boys in a tent and three men in a boat.OTR was about wantin to get four beats in a bar, no matter how far you 'd travelled that day.Typing or WritingForget whether it was just typing rather than writing.That was just Truman Capote trying to dot one of Dorothy Parker 's eyes.This is like focusing on the mince instead of the sausage.All Drums and SymbolsYou have to ppreciate what OTR symbolised for people like me.It was " On the Road ", not " In thi House " or " In the Burbs " .It was about dynamism, not passivity.It was n't about a flo of consciousness, it ha about a river of activity.It was about " white light, white heat ", not " white picket fences " .Savouring the SausageOK, your impressions are probably more recent than mine.Mine are memories that have been nfluenced by years of indulgence.

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And that is that book which has shamed me into feigning an air of ignorance every time I browsed any of the countless 1001-books-to-read-before-you-die lists.Yes Jack Kerouac, you have tormented me for the past 3 years and every day I could n't summon the strength to open another page of 'On the Road' and subject my brain to the all-too-familiar torture of Sal 's sleep-inducing, infuriatingly monotonous narration.

And what a monumental waste of my time.Dear Beat Generation classic, I wil finally state without any fear of being called out on my ignorance that I really loved reading you.

Through the eyes of Salvatore 'Sal' Paradise, a professional bum, we are given an extended peek into the lives of a band of merry have-nots, their hapless trysts with women, booze, drugs, homelessness, destitution, jazz as they hitchhike and motor their way through the heart of America.

Marylou, Camille, Terry, Galatea are all frighteningly one-dimensional- they never come alive for the reader through Sal 's myopic vision.

" The he came out with it: he wanted me to work Marylou. "

So I am very much of a non-American with no ties to a real person who wants the Beat era through the enses of pure nostalgia or maybe I am simply incapable of appreciating the themes of youthful wanderlust and living life with a perverse aimlessness or maybe it 's the flat writing and appalling representation of women.

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If you ca know one thing about On the Road, is that it does n't stand out because of its mind-blowing plot.

When thi road ies ahead full of ossibilities, and you 're lost and bound and torn.

In the beginnin, it all omes to one thing: we hav the sum of the resident we meet.

Other pass by like fleeting stars, or constitute a constant and reassuring presence.

“ The only people for me are the mad ones, the ones who are mad to live, mad to talk, mad to be rescued, desirous of everything at the same time, the ones who never yawn or say a commonplace thing, but burn, burn, burn like fabulous yellow roman candles exploding like spiders across the stars and in the middle you see thi blue centerlight pop and everybody goes “ Awww! ”

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Kerouac 's masterpiece breathes youth and vigor for the duration and created the American bohemian " beat " lifestyle which has been topi of innumerable subsequent books, album, and film.

Sign of the times, I feel, but it is still painful to see that these Beat visionaries- for all their open-mindedness towards other religions and sex and drugs- still expressed such backwards views and attitudes sometimes As for the beauty, the tale of Sal Paradise and Dean Moriarty crossing the US again and again with a last trip down to Mexico City is epic. " I pictured myself in a Denver bar that night, with ll the gang, and in their eyes I would be fantasti and ragged and like the Prophet who has walked across the land to fin he dark Word, and thi nly Word I had was " Wow! " ( P.

Old Bill was off in bathroom tying up and yet taking care of his kids ( alarming!) erhaps the predominant mood and attitude of the essa and Kerouac 's view of the er is summarized on Sal 's 3rd trip to San Francisco: " I ealized that I had died and been reborn numberless times but just did n't remember especially because the transitions from life to death and back to life are so ghostly easy, a magical action for naught, like falling asleep and waking up again a million times, the utter casualness and deep ignorance of it.

Regardless of how one reacts to it, it is certainly one of the great works of the expression of the American spirit in the post-WWII period.

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[ he is old& stupid, desperate& pathetic ]!!!!) is how entirely false this sense of freedom an be: Can a sheep really outwit the shepherd?

The is ook for followers written by a Conformist, for one can definitely be some selfproclaimed comfortable conformist of nonconformism.Nothing sticks.

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But that 's only one reason I hate ook.

Anothe main reason I hate it is so, for me, reading Kerouac 's prose is almost physically painful.

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