Damn it Jack! I wanted to like this book so much. But, alas, I did not. There were parts that are more enjoyable than others, such as Sal's time in Denver, but as a whole On the Road fell a bit flat for me. I was confused by the constant feeling of being on drugs combined with seldom mention of said drugs. I also consistently felt as though I was reading the same chapters over and over again, which, admittedly, may be the point of the novel. Perhaps Kerouac is showing the repetitive nature of life or is using this novel to muse on the inescapable rut of class or maybe he is getting at something else entirely. But, any way you shake it, I will not be picking this book up again.
With that being said, I have heard Kerouac's other books are the hidden gems. If any of you have any Beat generation suggestions, please comment!
Unimpressed, but Willing to Try Again
Publisher: Penguin Books
Publication Date: June 1999