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Monday, 6 April 2015

Currently Reading...

After looking at it sitting on my shelf for almost two years it's finally time to delve into On The Road. There's something about Beat Generation literature that I find so fascinating. I don't necessarily love it and the writers are mostly pretty problematic figures, but their work made such an impact and I want to read it all to really understand why. 

What are you currently reading? 

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  1. Oh this looks interesting - adding it to my list! I don't know why but I am in such a reading funk at the moment, I think i'm going to go through all your book posts and see what jumps out at me x

    Miho @ Wander to Wonder

  2. Hmm I've not yet read anything Beat Generation. As I trust your taste in books, I will be checking back to see what you think about it!

  3. I know it probably sounds dull but I love this American series of non fiction books, Voice of Witness. It's usually interviews of people about a certain thing. The first one I read was called Patriot Acts, about the harassment people received after 9/11 because of their religion or colour of their skin.
    I'm currently reading their one about Palestine, called Palestine Speaks, it's really sad what these people go through.

  4. This book has been sitting on my bookshelf for the longest time, yet I still haven't read it! This reminder has made me bump it up the "to read" list a bit :) I'm currently reading Kazuo Ishiguro's latest book "The Buried Giant" and absolutely love it so far!

    Tessa at Bramble & Thorn

  5. I really need to get back into reading. I promised myself I would over the bank holiday weekend but I've been reaching for my computer in the evenings rather than for a book which is bad. I've downloaded a few to get started on, the first is The Grapes of Wrath. I hope that you enjoy On The Road.

    Sarah xo // PolkaDotLemon

  6. ooh i really want to read on the road, but haven't got around to it yet! maybe i'll save it for summer! i'm currently reading a compilation of f scott fitzgerald's short stories and really enjoying it!

  7. ahh, kerouac is my all time favourite writer! i visited his hometown where he is buried last year and spent a few weeks in san francisco just up the street from the beat museum and city lights books and it was so, so wonderful. i hope you love on the road - i agree that there are definitely problematic things about people involved in the beat generation but that doesn't make their work less influential/significant/incredible because you do have to take it in the context in which it was written. kerouac's work has truly changed my life and changed me as a person so i really hope you can see the beauty in it. :)

    little henry lee

  8. I'm currently reading "The Girl on the Train" by Paula Hawkins...and have been for the past 2 months I'm in such a reading rut at the moment, hopefully I'll get back on track soon! this book sounds really interesting :) x


  9. I've heard so many good things about this book! I'll get round to reading it one day.

    Tara x

  10. I wish I could say I am currently reading something :(


  11. I am currently reading The Girl Who Played With Fire :) x
    Becoming Becca

  12. I need to read this book! I've just finished The Rosie Effect and The Luminaries, both of which were fab! Xxxxxx

  13. Like you I am fascinated by the Beat generation and I really wanted to love this book! Unfortunately I couldn't get into, it's interesting just a bit slow...

    Bethan Likes

  14. That is such a lovely edition!
    I have the "original scroll" edition of this book, and it scares me, since apparently Kerouac forgets to put punctuation or chapters or whatever when he writes under the influence (which I understand he did a lot for this book).

  15. I read half of this about five years ago and totally failed with the rest! I'll have to give it another go for sure. That and Truman Capote's In Cold Blood. I'm currently reading Dave Eggers' The Circle - so much dystopian/social media fun! x

  16. I've been thinking of rereading "On the Road" because I'm going on my own cross-country road trip this summer. I didn't like it when I read it in high school, but maybe I'll find it more relatable now that I'm older?


  17. Oh my goodness, this book is fantastic!! One of my all time favourites- I wrote my University dissertation on The Beat Generation and more specifically 'On the Road' so I hope that you enjoy it.

    Granted the style is a bit all over the place and there are still times when I read it for the 10th/ 11th time that I wish Kerouac would stop waffling but it is a product of its time and mirrors the improvised jazz that they were all into in the 50s.

    Ruth X

  18. Similarly, I picked up The Executioner's Song by Norman Mailer as my first book by him in order to understand why he is such a revered writer without knowing really anything about him or the subject matter. Dave Eggars wrote the new forward to the book saying it is the "fastest 1,000 pages you will ever read" and that is so true. I can't recommend this book enough!



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