Welcome to the On the Road read-a-long! We’re reading this book through June and July. You can see the reading schedule and guidelines on the Starting Post Page.
Week Five: Read to Part 3, Chapter 3
This might be kind of short because a.) I’m a dork and I overdid the workout yesterday, which means my body is reminding me that I can no longer overdo anything and get away with it (and that includes sitting for long periods with an aching body), and b.) I didn’t like this week’s reading very much.
Dean and Marylou are on my shit list. I no longer like either of them. Dean is a douche – I have lost interest in what he’s doing, how he’s doing it, and what’s going to become of it. At the beginning, like Sal, I was a little enamored of Dean; excited to see where he would take us on this journey, what would become of him. Now I think of him as immature, lost, sad (and needing to take drugs to have any sort of up in his life), reckless, and self-centered. I’m thinking this may be the point – and perhaps the trajectory of my relationship with Dean’s character was meant to pan out this way… I don’t put it past Kerouac.
Marylou… I had so much hope for you. I thought you were going to be an interesting female character who could keep up with the guys. Now I see that you’re somewhat of a female version of Dean, only somewhat watered down. And the only thing worse than being a female version of Dean is being a watered down female version of Dean. I do not like you. Leave Sal alone.
Sal, I have high hopes for you. I am still rooting for you. I am sorry that you give and give and give to your friends and they take advantage of you because they know that you feed off of their craziness (which looks a lot like enthusiasm for life, but isn’t). I’m holding out for a lesson learned and a happier ending (or at least a safe one).
Did anyone else feel like they were on drugs for parts of this week’s reading? Again, possibly the point (at least the feeling of hallucination if not from drugs then from hunger). I actually had to start skimming a little because I got a bit dizzy — amazing that the written word can do that to you.
I am afraid. Are Dean and Sal really going to go to Italy? My feeling is that Dean will flake out, per normal. But I admit, I’m a little nervous (and excited). I just hope Sal holds onto the money.
Who’s Reading Along:
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- If you go for two weeks without commenting in my weekly update comments section, I will assume you are no longer participating and will take you off of the list (*NEW GUIDELINE*, in order to get back onthe list, you need to a.) Have missed no more than two weeks of discussion, b.) Let me know you would like to be on the list again, and c.) consistently be part of the discussion for the next two weeks after requesting to be put back on the list.). This is in no way to be discouraging, but helps to keep the read-a-long organized (and helps me remember who’s completed what read-a-long…there (ahem) might be something fun for different levels of participants at the end of the year! Thanks!