I'm re-reading Kerouac's The Town and The City for the second time and just read a review of this book on Beatdom. The author, GK Stritch, quotes Carolyn Cassady who said "Kerouac’s appeal was his joyous celebration of life . . .," which is very true. Kerouac's love of life and all that it offers jumps off the pages. Often does Kerouac use the word "great" to describe something: "great boiled dinners" "great cracked coffee mugs." His enthusiasm for the every day is contagious and allows the reader to see the beauty in simple things, and experience a time long past (1920s-40s). I have to admit that having read quite a bit of Kerouac's better-known works, I find The Town & the City refreshing in its more straight forward approach to story telling. Granted, it's a little long, and some characters are more interesting than others, but over all it's a enjoyable read for Kerouac fans, or fans of period stories.