Books: On & On, the Road

LONESOME TRAVELER (183 pp.) — Jack Kerouac— McGraw-Hill ($4.50).

Gyrating motion is the substitute for plot or theme in the novels of Jack Kerouac, the beats' most beamish boy. His characters ride a reeling carousel equipped with stolen cars instead of painted tigers, and to the reader they are mostly blurred faces. The trouble is that when the whirling stops, the faces are still blurred and the conversation still pointless-jointless. A happy solution has occurred to Author Kerouac; he has written a volume in which the whirling is continuous and the characters negligible — in other words, a travel book.

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