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 Six: Read to Part 3, Chapter 9
Friends, we’re dwindling! Can the 10 of us make it until the end?? Only two more weeks – we can do it!
I’m a little behind on this week’s reading, but should have something posted here by later today or tomorrow. I wanted to make sure to get the post up at normal time for those of you who are ready to discuss, though. I’ll be back in a bit to join the discussion.
I’ll make my points quickly since I’m late to the game:
- The connection of the writing style to jazz music was incredibly apparent to me this week. So much so that I even thought to myself, “this is almost like jazz music… there’s just no line to follow,” which was quickly followed by a slap to the forehead.
- Dean (and even Sal’s) self-centeredness really topped off this week. Not even paying attention to Roy as he drove them all over the city even though he was greatly unhappy and in trouble with his wife, and then even commenting on how they were ignoring him. It’s really hard for me to even imagine that these guys are in their twenties, they feel like teenagers to me.
- I’m not going to lie – I LOVED every minute of Galatea’s berating Dean. Did I feel sorry for Dean? Sure, when Kerouac reminded me to. There is something wrong with Dean, either because of the amount of drugs he’s done, because of the drugs he’s on, or it’s the thing that he does the drugs to medicate from – but there’s something wrong. And even though Galatea said everything I wanted to say to Dean, it wasn’t satisfying because I knew it wouldn’t register with him (which is even more frustrating knowing he is based on an actual person).
- “Well, we’re leaving for New York in an hour.” / “Someday Dean’s going to go on one of these trips and never come back.” (p.205)… is this foreshadowing do you think?
- I think Sal summed up this entire experience on the last page of chapter 4 – “With frantic Dean I was rushing through the world without a chance to see it.”
- Dean Wisdom (I think this might be the most interesting thing that this character has shared, in my opinion) :: “They have worries… how they’ll get there- and all the time they’ll get there anyway, you see. But they need to worry and betray time with urgencies false and otherwise, purely anxious and whiny, their souls really won’t be at peace unless they can latch on to an established and proven worry and having once found it they assume facial expressions to fit and go with it, which is, you see, unhappiness, and all the time it all flies by them and they know it and that too worries them to no end.” (P. 210)
BUTTTTT… also, how interesting is it that Sal said almost the exact same thing about them in the quote I mentioned in the last bullet point, only they’re doing it frantically and the other people are doing it worried. Hmmm…
- I don’t trust Dean- this may be obvious, but I didn’t understand this until the end of chapter 6 when he was eyeing Frankie’s thirteen-year-old daughter, Janet. I was actually worried about what he would do to her.
- When they were having dinner at the farmhouse at the end of this week’s reading, it really hit me what time period they were in when they talked about the radio programming the wife usually listened to at night. I don’t want to say these men were before their time (because they weren’t there were plenty of people doing plenty of drugs and drinking before them), but it is interesting how much they wanted to tell the world about it. Especially because it was so unspeakable for that era.
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