On the Road

On the Road - Jack Kerouac, Ann Charters I loved the rolling descriptions of traveling across America, the descriptions of the transient people Sal meets, but after a few trips across the US, I felt that the rolling beautiful descriptions were spaced farther and farther apart by more encounters with Dean Moriarty.I understand the appeal of Dean Moriarty and his failings, but after a while he really just annoyed me and the more I saw of him the less I enjoyed this book. Dean Moriarty reminded me of Finny, from A Separate Peace, except more wild, selfish, and womanizing. This book also didn't have much of a plot except following Sal on his encounters across the US and ultimately into Mexico. I didn't mind the lack of structure for the first half of the book, but for the second half it got a bit old and I wanted something a bit more to sink my teeth into.All in all, I enjoyed the first half, the second half kind of dragged on. It was alright, but I don't necessarily see how this book started a movement.