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On The Road
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"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 who 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 center-light pop, and everybody goes ahh..."

On The Road by Jack Kerouac.

The end of this summer will bring to you the ultimate journey. Cinemas across the UK will play host to the cinema adaptation of the classic novel, On the Road, by Jack Kerouac. The novel that made Bob Dylan say: It changed my life like it changed everyone else's.

A quotation which I feel conveys the poignancies of the text and why everyone should be eagerly anticipating the cinematic version set to feature a host of stars including: Sam Riley; Kirsten Stewart and Kirsten Dunst.

On the Road is a novel by American writer Jack Kerouac, written in April 1951. It is a largely autobiographical work based on the spontaneous cross-country adventures of Kerouac and his friends during the middle of the 20th century. It is often considered a defining work of the post-war Beat Generation that was inspired by jazz, poetry, and drug experiences. Yet although this is true the book also tackles the ideas of growing up and searching for the meaning or purpose of life.

Deep stuff, but certainly something everyone can relate to.

A film about growing up and having a lust for life, and finding your own way is surely something that will be a must-see for all. This novel has inspired countless songs, novels, poems and hitchhikers over the years as it taps into everyone's sense of adventure. It truly is a book everyone should read, and I'm hoping the film will live up to expectations and bring a new dimension to a fantastic story.

If you like the sound of it and can't wait for its release in September, Somerset House is featuring a special screening in their open air cinema in conjunction Film4 on August 16th.Tickets are priced at 22.50 and are sure to sell out fast.

As well as On the Road, you will find a fantastic line up of new and old films all being screen at Somerset House over the summer.

On The Road will be in all cinemas as of September 2012.
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Why? Potential cinematic history seeing this novel adapted..
When: August
Where: Somerset House, London
Cost: 22.50
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