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On the road… by Jack Kerouac

Cover of "On The Road"

Cover of On The Road

Ho finalmente finito di leggere “On the road” di Jack Kerouac, in lingua originale già che ci siamo così recupero un po’ il mio inglese. Bel libro, nulla da dire, e sicuramente sconvolgente per l’epoca. Probabilmente avrei dovuto leggerlo un po’ di anni fa’, quando magari non avevo ancora viaggiato tanto e sarebbe servito da stimolo per viaggiare e avrei sognato leggendo quelle pagine in vista di un futuro viaggio. Oltre al fatto che più vivi e più sperimenti e fai esperienza. Sarebbe stato, quindi, sicuramente più avventuroso o avvincente leggerlo almeno 10-15 anni fa’. Letto all’età di 30 anni ti da’ sicuramente uno spaccato della società americana dell’epoca, della “Beat generation” di come pur senza le comodità e con pochi soldi in tasca, e alle volte addirittura senza, questi ragazzi hanno girato gli Stati Uniti in lungo e in largo e sono arrivati fino in Messico. Alle volte certi passaggi li ho trovati un po’ noiosi e quasi ripetitivi o forse semplicemente sintomo del raccontare esattamente come fossero andate le cose, in ogni loro particolare, e sottolineando l’idea dell’essere giovani e avere il tempo per fare tutto quello che si vuole. Partire all’avventura e attraversare, o riattraversare, gli USA da ovest a est, da New York a Frisco (San Francisco) e fermarsi sulla strada da amici o conoscenti, andare in giro a far baldoria (scrivo questa espressione che mi è venuta naturalmente in mente, dovrei preoccuparmi?) o, meglio, andando di festa in festa, cedendo ai piaceri dell’alcool e sempre in cerca di ragazze.

Dall’altro lato pero’, oltre al piacere della lettura di questo libro che ho sempre voluto leggere, ma non ne avevo mai trovato il tempo, mi ha fatto ricordare il mio viaggio on the road più lungo e cioè quello zaino in spalla fatto con un’amica canadese in Australia. Penso di averne accennato brevemente già. 7 settimane di giro, delle quali quasi 3 in Nuova Zelanda e il resto in Australia percorrendo la costa est e andando fino al centro, a Uluru o Ayer’s Rock e a nord fino a Cape Tribulation. Un’unica parola: fantastico! Direi una delle più belle esperienze della mia vita!!!

Lo consiglio a tutti: zaino in spalla e ad esplorare il mondo!

E ora posso anche andare al cinema a vedere il film tratto dal libro “On the road”. Chissà com’è dopo aver letto il libro…

Look at  The story: http://www.abc.net.au/atthemovies/txt/s3589682.htm

The trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N9vsE0llyBM

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Poster of the movie “On the road”

“On the Road” by Jack Kerouac. Finally I finished this book. It’s been a long time since I wanted to read this book, probably 10-15 years. Feeling almost old writing this! Anyway, for a reason or another I never read it before and I’m glad I did it! It’s a good book, maybe in some parts too long and too repetitive as the author describe some scenes exactly as they were, with a lot of details, maybe just to describe the life of Sal and Dean most of the time or just to show the fact that these guys didn’t really know what to do with their lives. They just wanted to stick with friends, have fun, find a girl, “dig someone or something” because they were young and had a lot of time. Even friends with a family and a child were kind of living at these extents, maybe not as much as Dean and Sal though. Anyway I wished I read this book 10-15 years ago because the more you grow, the more you experience and you find yourself that you’ve already done a trip on the road and that you’ve already experienced lots of the things described in the book. It would have probably been better to read it when I was younger, not in my 30s, as I could have enjoyed this book a lot more. It would have been kind of stimulating or it would have made me dream of a future trip or “the future trip of my life”. And for sure it would have been a much of an adventurous read.

Anyway it’s still a good book because it gives you a glimpse of the American society at the time, about these guys life that even though they didn’t have many means to travel they did it anyway. The important thing was the experience, having fun with their friend and just hit the night. They certainly did have the time of their lives. And on the other hand it made me remember the On the road trip I did backpacking in Australia and New Zealand with a Canadian friend of mine. I probably already talked about it roughly a few weeks ago. We “cruised” NZ and OZ for 7 weeks, almost three of which in New Zealand, such a beautiful place both because of the nature and the kindness of the people there. And then it was the time of Australia, from the centre, Uluru or Ayer’s Rock, to the North till Cape Tribulation and then down the coast back to Sydney. For sure one of the best experiences of my life. I enjoyed it and personally grew so much in just those weeks. So get out in the street, grab you backpack and just go… somewhere… to explore. Or at least plan it!

And now I guess I could also enjoy the movie inspired by “On the road”. Let’s see how it it after reading the book…

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