"They danced down the streets like dingledodies, and I shambled after as I've been doing all my life after people who interest me, because 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 that 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 centerlight pop and everybody goes ""
El Raulo added this to a list 1 year, 6 months ago
""Nothing behind me, everything ahead of me, as is ever so on the road."
"There was nowhere to go but everywhere, so just keep on rolling under the stars."
"So in America when the sun goes down and I sit on the old broken-down river pier watching the long, long skies over New Jersey and sense all that raw land that rolls in one unbelievable huge bulge over to the West Coast, and all that road going, and all the people dreaming in the immensity of it, and in Iowa I know by now the children must "
“What do you want out of life?" I asked, and I used to ask that all the time of girls.
I don't know," she said. "Just wait on tables and try to get along." She yawned. I put my hand over her mouth and told her not to yawn. I tried to tell her how excited I was about life and the things we could do together; saying that, and planning to leave Denver in two days. She turned away wearily. We lay on our backs, looking at the ceiling and wondering what God had wrought when He made life so sad.”"
"What is is about? It is a largely autobiographical work that was based on the spontaneous road trips of Kerouac and his friends across mid-century America. It is often considered a defining work of the postwar Beat Generation that was inspired by jazz, poetry, and drug experiences. While many of the names and details of Kerouac's experiences are changed for the novel, hundreds of references in On the Road have real-world counterparts.
Personal note: It is Kerouac's most famous book. I'm rathe"
Pq.rocio added this to a list 3 years, 5 months ago
"Eli tosiaan lisää Kerouacia ja tää kyllä iski Desolationiakin kovempaa. Tän fiilis on oikeesti jotain sanoinkuvaamatonta, kaikki nää Kerouacin ja Cassadyn roadfiilistelyt vaan on niin totaalisen vangitsevaa luettavaa ja Jackin mietiskelyt ja ajoittainen melankolia uppoaa kokonaisuuteen mukaan älyttömän hienosti. Hahmoja tulee ja menee ja ylipäänsä tää herätti mussa aivan mielettömän halun lähteä vaan tien päälle vailla mitään suurempaa päämäärää. Joo, ja sit ku tä"
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