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by Jack Kerouac

  Print book : Fiction

Revealing another world... one that is possible   (2008-08-29)


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by andrw

Nothing described in Kerouac's masterpiece is either particularly shocking, nor far-fetched. The world he envisions in which people can get up and leave all the problems capitalist living has handed them is the same world we live in. Abandoning the need for expensive applicances and large homes and fancy cars, just as now, is a successful recipe for escaping from the madness of money and mindlessness. The narrator and main character, Ray Smith, hitches and hikes primarily through California, Oregon and Washington, spending lots of time in the Cascade and the Sierras. If the reader is familiar with either of these places, she will be rewarded with the gentle reminisence of days spent in the unspoiled winderness.

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