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On the Road: The Original Scroll: (Penguin Classics Deluxe Edition) [Kindle Edition]

Jack Kerouac , Ann Charters
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Book Description

On the Road chronicles Jack Kerouac's years traveling the North American continent with his friend Neal Cassady, "a sideburned hero of the snowy West." As "Sal Paradise" and "Dean Moriarty," the two roam the country in a quest for self-knowledge and experience. Kerouac's love of America, his compassion for humanity, and his sense of language as jazz combine to make On the Road an inspirational work of lasting importance.

Kerouac’s classic novel of freedom and longing defined what it meant to be “Beat” and has inspired every generation since its initial publication more than fifty years ago.


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Amazon.com Review

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.

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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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Product Details

  • File Size: 814 KB
  • Print Length: 308 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Books (December 28, 1976)
  • Sold by: Penguin Group (USA) LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B002IPZFYQ
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #9,823 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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88 of 99 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A rare treat of a book August 18, 2007
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
Somehow I imagined the scroll to be an incomprehensible mess that editors had to sift through in order to create something that could be published as a novel. I was very far from the truth.

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.
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66 of 74 people found the following review helpful
Format:Hardcover
On the Road - the original road trip. The book that took the Beat movement mainstream and fused literature and the youth culture inextricably in the 50s and 60s - presented here as the legendary scroll manuscript Kerouac initially produced. It's readable and electric. The act of reading this familiar and envigorating story anew makes it fresh again. The differences are small (in the scroll Kerouac uses real names instead of of the pseudonyms used in the published novel; the scroll is sexier and feels a bit edgier and more breathless) - but enough to make me experience it in a raw new way. Kerouac's quest for Cassady is a story that puts me in touch with what life's all about: freedom, friendship, creativity, partying, love - and the wanderlust questing nature of the human soul. It's never been more needed - or more pertinent.

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
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147 of 172 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Kerouac Redux, Uncensored August 25, 2007
Format:Hardcover
The 50th anniversary of the publication of Jack Kerouac's "On The Road" is commemorated by the release of three major volumes. They are a designated 50th Anniversary edition; "On The Road: The Original Scroll", the long-awaited controversial release of the uncensored 120-foot alleged "teletype roll" on which Kerouac blazingly blasted out his masterwork in just three weeks, six years before its publication; and a handsome Library of America edition, "Jack Kerouac: Road Novels 1957-1960", edited with textual notes by historian Douglas Brinkley, featuring Road and four other of his best known novels along with selections from his journals. (See separate review).
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.
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194 of 229 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Take Detour, Uneven Road Ahead. January 17, 2008
Format:Paperback
On the Road, Jack Kerouac's epic of road travel and search for meaning in the late 1940s, was written in three weeks time, typed on a long scroll, which was really several pieces of paper taped together. Kerouac's writing has a stream of conscious, spastic nature, although it went through many years of revisions before being published. The story fictionally recounts true events in the writer's life, particularly those with Neal Cassidy (Dean Moriarty in the book), whom Sal, the Kerouac character, seems to have had an infatuated crush on. From New York to California and Mexico Sal drives, or rather rides, and comes across various characters and cities. The novel helped to launch the Beat movement and has influenced countless writers, artists, and readers alike, and has been deemed one of the best novels of 20th-century American literature. Significantly, it made America a literary subject.

I wanted to like this book. I really, really did. I was prepared to be blown away and taken on a literary adventure of meaning and wonder, excitement and energy. I read, and waited, to no avail. I read some more, but it soon became apparent that this would not be the book for me. Despite this, I grudgingly soldiered on and completed it a few days later than I had anticipated to (I usually breeze through fiction without struggle), as I continuously put it back on my shelf only to talk myself into trying again. I'm glad I did, but found that the book's legend is far more interesting than the actually story.

Split into four sections, each consecutive one involving a different road trip with more details and a shorter time-span, I found myself also becoming consecutively more involved as the book went on.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Very good
Awesome read and thought provoking. Would definitely recommend to others. Will probably try some of the author's other works. Happy reading. Four stars.
Published 3 days ago by Andy Fuller
1.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely awful
Felt compelled to finish it (book club choice), but I really hated this book. Awful people, lame writing, no redemptive value. Read more
Published 5 days ago by Darryl Hand
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
great
Published 5 days ago by Ann McMahon
2.0 out of 5 stars boring book
Okay book boring
Published 8 days ago by Cynthia
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Such an amazing biok
Published 10 days ago by Michael braha
3.0 out of 5 stars This novel was touted as defining the Beat Generation morals ...
This novel was touted as defining the Beat Generation morals and mores. Sometimes humorous, sometimes reflective, but always advocating drug alcohol use. Read more
Published 11 days ago by David Sneade
5.0 out of 5 stars A true classic
This book isn't a classic for nothing. A great story that makes the reader sad when the book ends.
Kerouac paints a picture of life on the road that can't be described. Read more
Published 11 days ago by Luke Heaton
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
fun classic beat poet read.
Published 13 days ago by A.D. Walker
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Classic
Published 14 days ago by Timbo Slice
4.0 out of 5 stars It is kind of fun to see man has changed little over the time ...
It is kind of fun to see man has changed little over the time from wwll. Good book on the beat generation
Published 22 days ago by Lowery Smith
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