On The Road by Jack Kerouac
Write 6 words you would put on this book if it were in the “Blind Date With A Book” shelf. Friendship, Road Trips, Self, Love, Writing
Any particular reason for choosing this book? I try to read a classic now and then and this one had been on my list for a while but it wasn’t until I had such a terrible reaction to the film that I had to know if the book was anything like the film.
Genre: Classic Literature
Who was your favorite character and why? Sal Paradise because he had such an open mind and heart.
Who was your least favorite character and why? There was not a single character in this book that I could not find a redeeming characteristic in, so in some small way I loved each and every one of them.
Did it grab you immediately or did it take a while? There was a beautiful, lyrical quality to the writing that is immediately appealing and it remains throughout the book which is probably the only reason I got through it.
What did you think of the ending? Extremely anti-climatic.
What was the moral of the story? Travel can really enrich your life, but you won’t find the meaning of it that way.
Favorite quote: “I had nothing to offer anybody except my own confusion.” – Sal
How does the book compare to the film? I really disliked the film which I saw prior to reading the book and I dislike it even more having read the book. The film doesn’t capture the soft side of anyone and instead makes them all out to be sex crazed, drug addled lunatics.
Who would you recommend it to? Men struggling with their desire for freedom and society’s mandate for responsibility and to anyone who has ever thought that they needed to “find themselves”.
Number of unknown words: 23
Craft/Activity: Rag Rug
Jeanne Hebuterne, sitzend by Amedeo Modigliani
Tell us about a time when you had to just get away from it all and hit the road.