Kerouac Found Me

She was beautiful, she had her own style, and she was reading On The Road.

I am not going to wax lyrical about the book.  I have conflicting feelings about the book.  I have read it several times and felt differently each time.  What I can’t deny is the impact and importance of the book.

I also know that it is a gateway to a wider world of literature.  It is a book that opens doors to other books.  Love it or hate it, you will find something else to read in reaction to it.  You might look for something that emulates the style or emulates the depth.  You might look for something more or less spiritual.  You might look for something with more or less structure.

When I asked her what she was reading, she answered enthusiastically, proudly displaying the book.  She explained that she had requested it for Christmas (Along with the Catcher in the Rye) and had been looking forward to it since.  Her eyes lit up when she talked about the book and the characters.

I would love to say that we spent the rest of the commute talking about books, but we did not.  Why ruin a Perfect Moment.


About Anthony

I am: equal parts rebel, romantic and shockingly average Joe. a writer trapped inside of an ESL teacher's body. an introverted attention seeker. a teacher who hopes one day to be called "Captain, my Captain." an intellectual who can do some very dumb things. a person whose Japan experience, despite being so long ago, still exerts a strong influence upon him. a lover of books, music, beer, hockey and Pizza.
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2 Responses to Kerouac Found Me

  1. Quinn says:

    I actually have not read this. I’ll add it to my Kindle!

    • Anthony says:

      I won’t guarantee you like it, but in the scheme of American literature it was part of an important movement.
      Like I said, every time I read it, I have a different take on it. I guess this shows that I have changed or grown, and that the message in the book, or the characterization, will not suit everyone; unlike a less challenging book (or a timeless one).
      What is your favourite book? What would you recommend I read?

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