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Posted by Bombastic, Wed May-23-07 07:05 PM
Bums and Big Sur.
To me, that gives the three sides.....
On The Road: young, travel/excess/adventure.
Dharma Bums: slightly older, still adventures but adding more spirituality to the quest.
Big Sur: A little older still, bitter, dissillusioned, in the throes of alcoholism and lamenting lost youth/innocence.
And that's it.
After I read On The Road when I was 16 I went on a Kerouac tear for awhile......but those are the three books of his that actually stick with me.