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On the Road Paperback – Deckle Edge, June 1, 1999
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The Original Scroll is an example of excellent writing. Yes, it's missing paragraphs, but the style is sharp like a knife's edge. Kerouac's text has power to concentrate reader's imagination and then send it flying into a thousand of directions at once.
I think I actually prefer the scroll to the classic editions of On the Road. The scroll feels very real and easy to understand.
This is a great way to reconnect with this great classic. If you've never read it, I wouldn't hesitate to read this over the published one. This version makes it easier to reconnect the novel's/memoir's action with history. Highly recommended
Whether this literary blitz will lead to a grand revival of interest in Kerouac's work by both old and new generations has yet to be seen. But it secures his reputation as a major American writer because his voice resonates with the great poignant prose of Walt Whitman, Mark Twain, and John Steinbeck, celebrating the wonders and adventures of youthful travels on the open road. In the book's first major favorable review, Gilbert Millstein of The New York Times praised "On The Road" as being to the Beat Generation what Hemingway's "The Sun Also Rises" was to its precedent bohemian Lost Generation.
Millions of readers and generations of authors have been influenced by the "On The Road", typically discovered by readers in their adolescence. Almost everyone who has read the book remembers when and where they first encountered it, the way one indelibly recalls the loss of virginity.
Praise for Kerouac's work is far from universal.Read more ›
The narrator, Sal Paradise, is on an epic quest, one that takes him back and forth across the country with Dean Moriarity who is based on the real-life Neal Cassady. Dean, the reform school escapee who specializes in stealing cars, is Sal's mentor. And it is the automobile that is their chariot, which keeps them constantly in motion. Dean's madness is glorified, as is his ability to do whatever he pleases. There are a lot of drugs in the book, but liquor seems to be their drug of choice. They leave the heroin for a character loosely based on the real William Burroughs. Women drift in and out of the story, usually as one of Dean's lovers who he treats terribly. Dean treats everyone terribly though, abandoning Sal on several occasions, once while Sal was suffering from dysentery while they were in Mexico. Sal, however, always forgives Dean, seeing him as a god-like hero, no matter what he does.
There's more to the book than the story though. The book is a trip, in every sense of the word. With the simple force of his writing, Kerouac took me on an adventure. With him I crisscrossed America, hitchhiking, walking, taking buses. With him I sat in a car driven by Dean Moriarity, speeding for hours at 110 miles an hour and not even thinking about a seatbelt.Read more ›
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My favorite Beat literary work next to Allen Ginsberg's Howl. Reading this book gives me this set of feelings that I belong from the beat generation.Published 3 days ago by Luis Thompson
Very interesting take on "the road" narrative. Interesting read as Sal Paradise gives his take on the adventures of the road.Published 5 days ago by Amazon Customer
A raucus look at midcentury America! Through the lens of a beatnik and his merry band of pranksters.Published 5 days ago by Amazon Customer
This book is truly more than a book - it's an experience. I've read all of Kerouac, but this is by far my favorite. He wrote this at a time when there was nothing like this. Read morePublished 10 days ago by MomReaderShopperNJ
Interesting read. Finally knocked this classic off my summer reading listPublished 12 days ago by Lauren
The quality of the writing is the only redeeming quality. This is a sad read yet such a classic though.Published 14 days ago
On the Road provides a very accurate depiction of the promiscuous lifestyle of the Beat Generation, a group of people who challenged the conforming culture of American society... Read morePublished 14 days ago by Suzanne L.
Back in college, I knew someone who wanted to jump into a car and just GO. This novel initially gave me that same feeling of driving off into the horizon - a feeling of freedom and... Read morePublished 20 days ago by Zoo
It's not so much that I despised this book - and I did. It's not totally that the characters were unworthy of taking time to think about them - and they were. Read morePublished 28 days ago by Sandi Kay Wheatley