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Ontheroad Annammolla

  1. 1. 1. Summary of one chapter I summarize the chapter number 7 called “Love in LA”. In this chapter Sal paradise, the principal character of the novel, is going to LA. When he was on the bus he found the prettiest little Mexican girl that he has ever seen. During the travel they talk a lot and then they fallen in love. Terry, the name of this Mexican girl, was escaping, from his husband because he beat her. When they arrived to Los Angeles they stayed fifteen days in a hotel, but they didn’t like so much this lonely place. So then tried to hitch- hike to New York, but finally they went by bus. Here they didn’t find a job and Terry proposed to went to Sabinal, her own town, where they can live in her brother’s garage. In Sabinal they found a job in cotton, but Sal, Terry and her son have to live in a tent, because they hadn’t enough money. At the end Sal didn’t like this bad way to live and came back to NY. Chapters: Chapter 1 How I All Began Chapter 2 Halfway across America Chapter 3 The Greatest Ride of My Life Chapter 4 The Rocky Mountains Chapter 5 Out on the Street Chapter 6 The Cost of Living Chapter 7 Love in LA Chapter 8 Dean’s Story Chapter 9 On the Road Again Chapter 10 Driving South Chapter 11 Journey to San Francisco Chapter 12 Goodbyes Chapter 13 Back in San Francisco Chapter 14 The Road Is Life Chapter 15 Driving East Chapter 16 Together Again in Denver Chapter 17 Across the Rio Grande Chapter 18 Mexico City Chapter 19 The Last Goodbye
  2. 2. 2. Biography Jack Kerouac was born in March of 1922 and he died in October of 1969. He was a popular American novelist and poet. He is considered one of the representatives of the “Beat Generation”, he is a big reference in this period of time. Kerouac had a spontaneous style and his novels talk about jazz, promiscuity, Buddhism, drugs, poverty and an important thing, travel, like “On the road”. His writings have inspired several writers, including Hunter S. Thompson, Tom Robbins, Lester Bangs, Will Clarke, Richard Brautigan, Ken Kesey, Haruki Murakami, Tom Waits, Bob Dylan, and writers of the New Journalism. At 1940s and 1950s his way of think and live was so immoral and later he was considered the progenitor of the Hippie movement. Kerouac lost his battle to alcoholism and died at the age of 47. Since his death, and thanks in large part to the efforts of editor Ann Charters, nowadays we can find his literature with titles like On the Road, The Dharma Bums, Mexico City Blues, The Subterraneans, Desolation Angels, Visions of Cody and Big Sur, some of them was in a film.
  3. 3. 3. My Opinion In this history there are two important things to mention, the first is the new highways built by the US government at 1940s, when happened this tale. The second was the consequence of the first thing, because people want to see whole United States, and this people share gas and hitch-hiking to arrive to their destinies This two premises move the history all around the US, because the title is “On the road”. The principal characters remained the most of time of the novel at the road, drinking, chatting, sleeping, shouting, stealing and a lot of other things, maybe forbidden things. In my opinion this novel is so interesting to reflect one epoch, exactly between 1940s and 1950s, an epoch for certain people who live in a especial way. This people is called “Beat generation”, and I think it’s important this novel, because in this tale we can know about this way of life and the consequences that it has. It’s interesting too the way of write of Kerouac, because is not the usually way. In the other hand we have the characters, that all of them correspond to a real person, for example Sal Paradise is Jack Kerouac, Dean Moriarty is Neal Cassady, a hero to the beats, Carlo Marx is the poet Allen Ginsberg and the Kerouac’s aunt is actually his own mother. This relation with the reality it’s important to represents this way of life of “beat generation”. For my I think is a good novel, I was so entertained with it and it encourages my to find out information and more novels or films about this epoch, I found some things yet, like “The Subterraneans” (1960), “Heart beat” (1980), “Kerouac, the movie” (1985), “Beat” (2000), “Visions of Cody” (2004) or one it’s in progress
  4. 4. “On the road” (2009). And this reading achieved that I want to read the whole version of this novel and see this films that I mention above. I found so interesting the “beat generation” I think was period of time so crazy like the character of Dean Moriarty, they was guide by their passions and their sentiments, sometimes this could cause some problems to the principal characters. In whole novel we can find all the time a lot of alcohol, marijuana, jazz and sex. This are the things that the characters like, in addition of the road. This book achieve that you appreciate the places that they visited, because the tale makes the reader want to go to this places, to a party in apartment en New York, to the barracks of San Francisco, to Denver or maybe Mexico, because the author describes it, like the paradise. In addition this book transmits the ideology of “Beat Generation”, that I think is based in a important thing LIVE THE LIFE. And I think it’s important because 4. Blurbs 1-The way of life of the Beat Generation was exactly reflected in this book. The road was the connection and the pleasure is the destiny. Live your life! 2-This was the most impure book of the world! We can find sex, drugs and jazz! I like this way of life! 3-My opinion is that we have to hide this book in the darkest cave in the world, it could pervert the innocents children of the world with this tales about sex with a lot of people, drugs, alcohol and ride so quickly in a car.