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On the Road (Penguin Classics) Paperback – December 31, 2002
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Top Customer Reviews
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
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.
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 ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
What an awful, miserable, sad sad life. Without hope and empty...don't waste your time.Published 5 hours ago by cev
It's a solid book and I have no problem with it appearing on best novel lists all over but don't expect to get a lot out of it. Read morePublished 1 day ago by Chris Ahern
Took me a while to get around to it. I'd put it off. When I did read it I realized that in that hectic run on style was a black and white photo of the real America. Read morePublished 6 days ago by Amazon Customer
this book is not on the road by jack Kerouac, it's some sort of book about the writing of that book. A book about a book, Jesus. don't buy it unless you want thatPublished 6 days ago
I found this on a list of classic "must read" books. It sounded great. I had high hopes and thought I would really enjoy it. I couldn't have been more wrong. Read morePublished 7 days ago by Cherrybomb
I liked 'On the Road.'
It is, first, very well-written, with a clever, stylized narrative and some sly humor; the writing is, I thought, appropriate for the book's... Read more