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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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It's a stream of consciousness type of book, and was not my favorite. Overall, I didn't think it lived up to the hype.Published 1 day ago by CarrieC
After reading the published edition years ago, I found the scroll version MUCH better and true to Kerouac's intent compared to the edited and butchered published edition which Jack... Read morePublished 4 days ago by Patrick G. Piper
I love this book. I've loved it time and time again. Spent hours reading it....However, I never finish it. I get over halfway through and I don't continue. Read morePublished 5 days ago by toby
A trip of a life with friends who appear with hope and quickly disappear in torment. The Beat Generation following the aftermath of World War Two redefined a portion of American... Read morePublished 7 days ago by Naomi Schendzielos
“On the Road” is the quintessential road novel (1957) by author Jack Kerouac. It is a pseudo-autobiographical work based on Kerouac, and his friends, own travels across America. Read morePublished 12 days ago by Brent McGregor
Great book. I loved the author's style and prose and how you feel as though you are along for the ride every step of the way. Read morePublished 12 days ago by Michael