....i read it when i was 16/17...and whilst digging certain parts, found it a struggle overall...
but jim jarmusch has this to say
'i read on the road and it didn't speak to me, i didnt get it. i mean, i liked the adventure of it, but the language of it seemed slapped together and shoddy to me. and four or five years later i hear kerouac on tape reading stuff...and suddenly i got it....i went back and i understood...but without that fist understanding of his voice and his way of hearing language, it was hard for me to get it off the page..now i hear his voice. breathing and phrasing and bebop and sound influenced his way of thinking about language'
i think i might agree with this....i hadn't really known much about or got into jazz back then....
so i think with this perspective, the book deserves a new read.