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recommended for 15-24 year olds
on August 18, 2015
Classic Kerouac, recommended for 15-24 year olds. Prob would have rated it higher if I were a decade or two younger (I'm 37). His philosophy is a tad sophomoric/ idealistic, so I found myself rolling my eyes, having lots of, "no duh" moments, or just wanting to skip over paragraphs, simply because I've outgrown or surpassed lots of his existential, Eastern-based "revelations." I loved most of his meditations on hiking and nature (since nature is my church), though lots of the socializing scenes and bum-superiority rants were super corny.
Kerouac was a gifted poet, and 50 years ago his work was quite a radical. In that context, this book is important.