What is Jack Kerouac's narrative style in his book On the Road?
Sometimes, for example, the style is simple and plain, showing some of the influence of the no-nonsense phrasing associated with Hemingway:
I first met Dean not long after my wife and I split up.
Sometimes the phrasing is suggestive and tantalizing, reminiscent in some ways of the phrasing we associate with Holden Caulfield in The Catcher in the Rye:
I had just gotten over a serious illness that I won't bother to talk about . . . .
Sometimes the phrasing manages to seem colloquial and “literary” at the same time:
. . . he was a young jailkid shrouded in mystery.
Sometimes the phrasing uses vivid slang:
Dean was staying in a cold-water pad . . . .
On other occasions it piles on adjectives:
. . . his beautiful little sharp chick Marylou . . . .
At other times the details are precise and almost sensual:
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