I really tried to understand what Kerouac was trying to say in this book - there isn't much of a plot and the book just ends. After reading the reviews it is supposed to be an anti-capitalism statement about "living in the moment" and not being driven by money, working 8 hour days, etc. I didn't get that at all and it may be because I was not around during the beat era. The main character could probably be diagnosed as a narcissistic bi-polar user of people. Why anyone would follow this guy across country multiple times is beyond me. It's great to be young and carefree but we all have responsibilities and eventually you grow up (in most cases). Kerouac's writing style also takes some getting used to - at times it is poetry like. I am glad I read the book. I just don't think it deserves all the accolades it has received.