Posted on April 8, 2010
Sixty years ago, Jack Kerouac opened without knowing the path of the Beat Generation and, incidentally, helped to mystify the iconic U.S. highway
Six decades ago, Jack Kerouac heavily engaged in writing a book that would become a classic: "On the Road" (On the Road). The story, in fact a sum over histories rescued after long trips around the U.S., was not intended to "reflect" the reality of the rural folk North America. Even chasing documentary purposes.
On The Road, chaotic fiction style if you want (it is written to the rhythm of "kickwriting"), is more like an inner and outer journey. Kerouac fled Massachusetts as well as the schematic regularity expected of any narrative text in the '50s. The furious pace of his prose and the influence of jazz and poetry were enhanced by this author of an impertinent manner. And effective.
In his time, Kerouac was perhaps too "anti" to be massively accepted (indeed, which published his book in 1957 made several "cuts"). However, the decades-'60s hippie-revolution and showed that Kerouac (much as William Burroughs and Allen Ginsberg, also members of the Beat Generation ) was primarily a pioneer.
Kerouac was one of the best X-rayed to "middle America" that did not have-or-have much to do with New York skyscrapers. To do this, Route 66 became a descriptive itinerary motels bad life and death worse, adventures, farmers, immigrants and emigrants. Everything seemed to come together at the side of the road.
The author thus joined other artists (like John Steinbeck, The Grapes of Wrath) that extolled the myth of a route that marched nearly all those who wanted to "try their luck" in the West.
The tours of Kerouac "On the Road".
".. The truck driver showed me the site where Route 6, in which we were, intersects Route 66 before both were shot westward through incredible distances. Around three in the afternoon, after an apple pie and ice cream at a place along the road, a woman stopped for me in a small coupe. I felt a violent joy as I ran towards the car. But it was a middle-aged woman, Mother fact children my age, and I needed someone to help her drive to Iowa was strongly agree. Iowa! "*