“The only people for me are the mad ones, the ones who are mad to live, mad to talk, mad to be saved, desirous of everything at the same time, the ones that never yawn or say a commonplace thing, but burn, burn, burn like fabulous yellow roman candles exploding like spiders across the stars and in the middle you see the blue centerlight pop and everybody goes”.
Jack Kerouac’s “On the Road” is my all time favourite book. It is the epitome and probably the definition of the Beat Generation of postwar literature, where new experiences were the essence of life.
Now the adventures and escapades of Sal Paradise, Dean Moriarty and Marylou have been made into a movie, starring Sam Riley, Garrett Hedlund and Kristen Stewart. The trailer has just been released and I’m feeling ambivalent about the motion picture. I’m excited to see how successful its adaptation is and how well the transition from book to film has been made. I just hope the heart and life of the book isn’t compromised for commercialism and Hollywood cliché.
Check out the trailer for yourselves! It was nominated for the Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival and the reviews weren’t astounding and it’s on limited release at the moment, with no official date being given for its international release.
We await avec impatience.