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Kerouac's "On The Road" turns 50

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Re: Kerouac's "On The Road" turns 50

Postby Tora » Sun Jan 06, 2008 6:29 pm

LennyeTran wrote:Did you laugh out loud when a kid said he'd like to become a hobo when he grew up and he did? :lol:


it is all hilarious. If you have reached a moment when he travels with some company in a open body of a car of two smiling brothers ( :roll: explanation sucks) and drinking and one of the guys is going to pee and the car is waddling like a duck to and fro on the road and he is all wet... gosh... I'm feeling a bit ashamed of what puts me in stitches :lol:
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Re: Kerouac's "On The Road" turns 50

Postby MissLT » Sun Jan 06, 2008 11:06 pm

I'm on Chapter 12 right now, but what you said still doesn't sound familiar. :? Maybe, it's a bit later at the end? And I kinda flinched a bit when I heard the word nigger. It seemed to me he was kinda a hippie at first. :|
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Re: Kerouac's "On The Road" turns 50

Postby Tora » Mon Jan 07, 2008 6:12 am

No wonder, the language is rather harsh, but it is all said without any racist anger, it was written in the 50s, so probably that time it was nothin in saying nigger...

I've searched for this extract... I'm a true explaining idiot, that was in the chapter 4, a couple of pages after a child telling his mom he wanted to be a hobo :wink:
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Re: Kerouac's "On The Road" turns 50

Postby MissLT » Mon Jan 07, 2008 5:00 pm

:shock: Really? I must have missed it, then. I only remember the part he wanted to buy booze. And the part he hitchhiked the "wrong" car because the driver was so frigging boring. I thought it was funny since not everyone would appreciate the ride if the driver is not much of an entertainer.

I'll continue to listen to it this weekend, for I have some books I must read before the break is over. Then I'll tell you more what I think of the book, Tora. :wink:
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Re: Kerouac's "On The Road" turns 50

Postby Tora » Thu Aug 21, 2008 4:05 pm

I have no idea if MissLT (nice to meet you, young lady {-: ) have finished it or not, I believe she has. Today I'm walking in the sky as I have registered in Moscow American Center and now I can borrow books (and I'm responsible for the condition and return of borrowed property) and I have this very book at home, so in the nearest future I'm starting it in English! By the way also I have grabbed Erskine Caldwell's Tobacco road - I was looking for it in local book shops - but all in vain - about the years of Great Depression in Georgia (the state, not the country we have so-called invaded :!!: )
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Re: Kerouac's "On The Road" turns 50

Postby MissLT » Sat Aug 23, 2008 8:40 pm

:oops: I'm sorry, Tora. I haven't finished the book yet. I've been swamped with other projects; therefore, I haven't had time to go back to where I left off last time. I think I will start reading it again when I have my Kindle or some similar device, which I will hopefully get on this Thanksgiving sale.
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Re: Kerouac's "On The Road" turns 50

Postby MissLT » Sat Aug 23, 2008 8:50 pm

Tora wrote:By the way also I have grabbed Erskine Caldwell's Tobacco road - I was looking for it in local book shops - but all in vain - about the years of Great Depression in Georgia (the state, not the country we have so-called invaded :!!: )

This one? http://www.georgiaencyclopedia.org/nge/ ... p?id=h-521

It seems pretty interesting. Tell me how it goes. And by the way, how did you know all those books?
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Re: Kerouac's "On The Road" turns 50

Postby Tora » Sun Aug 24, 2008 5:29 am

MissLT wrote:It seems pretty interesting. Tell me how it goes. And by the way, how did you know all those books?


I hope to tell about it when I finish reading Tobacco road. You know some time ago I read a book by Andre Kaspi, a french historian specializing in the history of the United States, "The united states in the Era of propsperity 1919-1929" - there were quite many references including Caldwell's novel and John Steinbeck's The grapes of wrath. The latter is much easier to be found...
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