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On The Road, the most famous of Jack Kerouac's works, is not only the soul of the Beat movement and literature, but one of the most important novels of the century. Like nearly all of Kerouac's writing, On The Road is thinly fictionalized autobiography, filled with a cast made of Kerouac's real life friends, lovers, and fellow travelers. Narrated by Sal Paradise, one of Kerouac's alter-egos, On the Road is a cross-country bohemian odyssey that not only influenced writing in the years since its 1957 publication but penetrated into the deepest levels of American thought and culture. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
Fans of Kerouac get the whole beautiful, groovy deal with this new recording of the radically hip novel that many consider the heart of the Beat movement. Poetic, open and raw, Kerouac's prose lays out a cross-country adventure as experienced by Sal Paradise, an autobiographical character. A writer holed up in a room at his aunt's house, Paradise gets inspired by Dean Moriarty (a character based on Kerouac's friend Neal Cassady) to hit the road and see America. From the moment he gets on the seven train out of New York City, he takes the reader through the highs and lows of hitchhiking, bonding with fellow explorers and opting for beer before food. First published in 1957, Kerouac's perennially hot story continues to express the restless energy and desire for freedom that makes people rush out to see the world. The tale is only improved by Dillon's well-paced, articulate reading as he voices the flow of images and graveled reality of Paradise's search for the edge.
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To describe the plot of On the Road either requires one sentence or a document roughly the size of the book itself. Read morePublished 2 days ago by Craig MACKINNON
It makes "On the Road" more accessible. Will want to do a side-by-side comparison with the canonical work to compare (it's been too long)... Read morePublished 5 days ago by Steve Snow
Delicious writing, characters that jump off the pages and into your heart, pathos and deep, deep wisdom...this is one of those books I'm going to read again, and again, and...yeah. Read morePublished 8 days ago by Laura P. Schulman
One of those books that you want to keep and reread later. The book makes you feel that you are part of post WWII time in U.S.A.; time of prosperity and conformity. Read morePublished 12 days ago by giorgi alibegashvili