Everyone I know who has similar tastes to me seems to love Kerouac. But for some reason, I find him a little bit overrated. Is it just me?
I've read On the Road twice now, and it was ok. I didn't hate it, but it didn't really capture my imagination in the way I thought a narrative about road trips across America would. In terms of an illustration of the Beat lifestyle, I thought Go by John Clellon Holmes was a much better book.
There are moments in Lonesome Traveler that I really liked - the section where he stays in a remote cabin working as a lookout for forest fires has stayed with me, as have the images of him catching a few hours sleep on a station bench before starting work at the railyards. But then I recently read Bound for Glory by Woody Guthrie, written in 1943 - eight years before On the Road - and it out-Kerouacs Kerouac by a mile. (Does that sentence even make sense)?
Am I missing something? Answers on a postcard please to 'Is Kerouac overrated?', PO Box Fiction Forum...
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