Saturday Reading Group reads “On the Road”
The Saturday Reading Group is for anyone who loves to read, socialize in English, and meet new people.
The March read for the group is “On the Road” by Jack Kerouac. A fictionalized account of his own journeys across America with his friend Neal Cassady, Kerouac’s beatnik odyssey captured the soul of a generation and changed the landscape of American fiction forever.
Leaving a broken marriage behind him, Sal Paradise (Kerouac) joins Dean Moriarty (Cassady), a tearaway and former reform school boy, on a series of journeys that takes them from New York to San Francisco, then south to Mexico. Hitching rides and boarding buses, they enter a world of hobos and drifters, fruit-pickers and migrant families, small towns and wide horizons. Adrift from conventional society, they experience America in the raw: a place where living is hard, but ‘life is holy and every moment is precious’. Now acknowledged as a modern classic, On the Road remains a thrilling and poignant story of the road less traveled.
The group will also be discussing the 2012 film adaptation starring Sam Riley, Garrett Hedlund, Kristen Stewart and Amy Adam. Shaken by the death of his father and discouraged by his stalled career, writer Sal Paradise goes on a road trip hoping for inspiration. While traveling, he is befriended by charismatic and fearless Dean Moriarty and Moriarty’s free-spirited and seductive young wife, Marylou. Traveling across the American southwest together, they strive to break from conformity and and search the unknown, and their decisions change the very course of their lives.
When and where: Meetings will be held in the library once a month on Saturday afternoons starting at 3:00. Cost: FREE to all members of the library. To join: Please contact Anne Kaar at firstname.lastname@example.org
Location: English-language Library in Angers