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The Bible of the Beat Generation,
This review is from: On the Road (Penguin 20th Century Classics) (Paperback)
There's a reason this novel was chosen as the "Bible of the Beat Generation." Written from the point of view of a typical beat kid travelling cross-country with his compatriots, Jack Kerouac sketches out a story in what's known as "stream-of-consciousness." It's not a style that's easy for everyone to understand, but it gives a real feeling to Kerouac's story.
I was actually forced to read this book as part of my American History class in college. Unlike the other books I was assigned, this one was much more interesting and gave me more insight into Kerouac's generation than any textbook could have given.
While most people may not think it the best book ever written, it's certainly one of the greatest books I've read.