So I haven’t posted in awhile. To be honest, I haven’t had a lot to say. I recently lost my grandma, and let me tell you, your grandma and your mum within 7 months of each other is no easy task to deal with so I haven’t really felt like writing much lately.
Today I’m just going to talk a bit about my favourite books and why they are indeed my favourites. I’m not much of a romance reader but I’m currently reading “One Day” by David Nicholls and is fast becoming one of my new favourite books but I’ll tell you more about that as I finish it off. What I will say about it is this, have you ever had a book that you start reading and just cannot stop thinking about? That’s what it is like.
One of my favourite books of all time is “On the Road” by Jack Kerouac. Is that cliche? Well either way I do love that book. I think part of the reason for my true love of this novel is that I read it at time in my life when I was going a little stir crazy. I was in my third year of UNI, looking ahead to another year at that place, not just any year, a year of a Masters Degree in Teaching, and life seemed like it was just one dull routine. I wanted to get out of there, I wanted to see the world, but I was stuck. Through Sal and Dean, I was able to escape the boring drain that was my day to day life at the time and I will forever love “On The Road” for letting me do that. I am also a big fan of realism and there’s nothing more real than a novel filled with characters who are endlessly flawed and not all that likable.
My favourite quote from that novel is:
“They danced down the streets like dingledodies, and I shambled after as I’ve been doing all my life after people who interest me, because the only people for me are the mad ones, the ones who are mad to live, mad to talk, mad to be saved, desirous of everything at the same time, the ones who never yawn or say a commonplace thing, but burn, burn, burn like fabulous yellow roman candles exploding like spiders across the stars and in the middle you see the blue centrelight pop and everybody goes ‘Awww!'”
I think this quote really sums up the way I see the world, and the people that make the world a good place to live in.
Another thing I love about this novel is that Kerouac sat down and wrote it all on one piece of scroll. He’s crazy clearly, and I love that about him. It’s easy to tell that this was written that way too, there sentences seem to go on forever, a lot of people hate that, I personally found it added to the flow of the road story.
“On the Road” seems to be a book people either love or hate. Clearly I love it. How do you feel about it?