On The Road

Kerouac, Jack
The Viking Press, 1957
Review by: Julie

The book On The Road is for anyone who craves the adventure of the open road. Young writer, Sal Paradise, as well as his hero and best friend Dean Moriarty, travel into the mystic and underground world of the Beat Generation. Searching for experiences, with the goal of finding his friend, Sal embarks on a journey cross country with only $50 and the passion of the American Dream. What he finds is a society of drug users, sex fiends and old friends. This book demonstrates the purity of the human spirit, as well as the instinct to seek out lives adventures. How could you not be inspired?
"I woke up as the sun was reddening; and that was the one distinct time in my life, the strangest moment of Sal, when I didnžt know who I was---I was far away fro home, Haunted and tired with travel, in a cheap hotel room Ižd never seen, hearing the hiss of the steam outside, and the creak, and the sad sounds, and I looked at the cracked high ceiling and really didnžt know who I was for about fifteen seconds."
"I way halfway across America, at the dividing line between the East of my youth, and the West of my future."
After reading this book, something occurred to me. Not only was this book about taking a trip unlike any other, but about finding out who he was, and who he wanted to become. I instantly loved this book because I could see a part of Sal in me. The passion he describes in this book, his need to be happy, he need to search for freedom, and not just settle. In this day and age, it is so easy to get caught up in what expectations, that tend to limit who you are. After reading this book I realized how important it is to take charge every once and awhile and knock donžt the barriers that keep you from being free. I would give this book four stars and suggest anyone that needs to feel like they belong somewhere, to read it!!!!
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