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BOOK REVIEW// on the road by Jack Kerouac

I began reading this book on the noosa trip.  I read it whilst driving in a car which is the perfect and only circumstance in which to read this novel. The novel can be best described as a coming of age story which highlights the ambitions of the younger generations in the late 1940’s. Kerouac depicts the daily struggles of youth in this time with the aim to achieve their “American Dream.” The adventures of the characters are truly inspiring to a girl who has just finished high school and looking for her purpose.
The fact is, the book is the story of Sal, Marylou and Dean, hitchhiking across America with only $20 between them. Living on cheese sandwiches and cigarettes, they live life, not just view it. This inspired my aesthetic and hippie wanderlust wishes, wanting adventures worth writing about. Experiences like this can put your life into perspective and give your life meaning.
  • “[…]the only people for me are the mad ones, the ones who are mad to live, mad to talk, mad to be saved, 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 the blue centrelight pop and everybody goes “Awww!”
  • “A pain stabbed my heart, as it did every time I saw a girl I loved who was going the opposite direction in this too-big world.”
  • “The best teacher is experience and not through someone’s distorted point of view”
  • “Sal, we gotta go and never stop going ’till we get there.’
    ‘Where we going, man?’
    ‘I don’t know but we gotta go.”
  • “Soon it got dusk, a grapy dusk, a purple dusk over tangerine groves and long melon fields; the sun the colour of pressed grapes, slashed with burgandy red, the fields the colour of love and Spanish mysteries.”

Overall, this book changed my perspective of the life I want to live. I hope that I live a life where I can experience things spontaneously. Never look back and wonder “what if.”


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