Confession : I’ve never read On The Road by Jack Kerouac. After seeing the trailer for the upcoming film adaptation, I decided to snatch it up at the library last week so that I actually read the book before I see the movie.
As I get to know the characters, I find it really fascinating to know that many of them were based on real people, and that the plot is loosely based on Kerouac’s own life on the road. I’ve even found myself referencing a map as I read to see the route that Sal Paradise took on his journey.
Which is why I find it reassuring and fascinating that On the Road director Walter Salles made a documentary prior to the film, In Search of On The Road, in which he actually travels the Sal’s exact road trip, and speaks with Beat poets who knew Kerouac. I’m almost more interested in seeing Salles’ documentary than the film itself! It was screened at the 2010 San Francisco International Film Festival, but it doesn’t sound like Salles plans to release it for public viewing any time soon.
Have you ever read On the Road? Do you plan to see the film?
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