“I first met Dean not long after my wife and I split up. I had just gotten over a serious llness that I won’t bother to talk about, except that it had something to do with the miserably weary split-up and my feeling that everything was dead. With the coming of Dean Moriarty began the part of my life you could call my life on the road.”
Yesterday I watched the movie “On the Road” based on a book by Jack Kerouac. I strongly recommend the book to everyone who has not read it yet. It brings memories of the past, the trips we have made with friends hichhiking through Europe. I liked the movie, I had the feeling that it shows what the reality of Jack Kerouacs life could have been. The book is a bit different:-) I love the camera work – it reminded my my trips from the time of my life I could call my life on the road. People, places, cities, countries. It gave me for a moment this very melancholic feeling of going on the road again. There is no need for trip now – everything I looked for is here and now.
The first sentence used in the movie came from the orginal scroll – “I first met Dean not long after my father died” – It makes great symetry with the last sentence of the book – “Old Dean Moriarty the father we never found”. I have read why it has been changed – but you have to look for yourself to find out. More about the book here : http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/On_the_Road