Next book to be tackled…

101 Great Expectations

Unintentionally, I’ve chosen an apt time to read this Beat generation book as a long-awaited film adaptation hit cinemas this year. Seen as a modern classic, this book promises drugs, jazz, sex and a life-changing experience and on the whole, it delivers.

Focusing on the exploits of Sal Paradise and his hero and friend Dean Moriarty*, we follow them across America and back again, ‘digging’ all the various hippies, hitchhikers and girls they encounter along the way. That’s essentially the main plot; the desires of young men to have experiences, smoke cigarettes and get on the road.

There was a smell of oil and dead water in the air. This was a manuscript of the night we couldn’t read.

The story is told from young writer Sal Paradise’s view-point and it rattles along at 70-miles-per-hour. Kerouac scoops you up and throws you in the car with Sal and Dean; you race over the…

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