- Series: Penguin Orange Collection
- Paperback: 320 pages
- Publisher: Penguin Books (December 28, 1976)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0140042598
- ISBN-13: 978-0140042597
- Product Dimensions: 5.1 x 0.5 x 7.7 inches
- Shipping Weight: 7.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 1,462 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #665,746 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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On the Road (Penguin Orange Collection)
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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.
"An authentic work of art . . . the most beautifully executed, the clearest and the most important utterance yet made by the generation Kerouac himself named years ago as 'beat,' and whose principal avatar he is."
--Gilbert Millstein, The New York Times
"On the Road has the kind of drive that blasts through to a large public. . . . What makes the novel really important, what gives it that drive is a genuine new, engaging and exciting prose style. . . . What keeps the book going is the power and beauty of the writing."
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A MUST for any fan of Kerouac!
In short, if you want to follow a vagabond character who willingly puts himself through hell, makes questionable decisions with friends and relationships, hangs out with heroin addicts, picks up cigarette butt off the street, and obsesses over a loser man-child enough to travel across the country to find him, then well, I can't recommend this book enough!