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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. Â

About The Author Jack Kerouac(1922-1969), the central figure of the Beat Generation, was born in Lowell, Massachusetts, in 1922 and died in St. Petersburg, Florida, in 1969. Among his many novels are On the Road, The Dharma Bums, Big Sur, and Visions of Cody.


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Kerouac wrote with a sense of language as jazz, and Dillon can read like manic ragtime or weary blues.

The recording is great. Dillon's ability with voice impersonations, however, drives his performance to the level of genius. New York Times

The most beautifully executed, the clearest and the most important utterance yet made by the generation Kerouac himself named years ago as 'beat.'. Library Journal

Though Kerouac's masterpiece is not out of print and likely never will be (it still enjoys more than 60,000 sales annually), Viking is releasing a quality hardcover edition to commemorate the 40th anniversary of its original publication. Undoubtedly one of the most influential and important novels of the 20th century, this is the book that launched the Beat Generation and remains the bible of that literary movement. On the Road's publication in 1957 was a wake-up call to the American public that not all its youth were modeled after characters on Ozzie and Harriet: it portrayed Ivy League-educated white kids who smoked dope, hitchhiked, and frequented black jazz joints and Mexican whorehouses. It was the harbinger of the radical changes that would soon sweep society in the 1960s. In addition to the full text, this version includes the New York Times's original book review. A pillar of American literature. Booknews

A reprint of the novel first published (by Viking) in 1957. And still printed on acidic paper--it deserves better. New, long introduction by Ann Charters. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR ( David Dempsey

The incessant and frenetic moving around is the chief dynamic of On the Road, partly because this is one of the symptoms of "beatness" but partly, too, because the hot pursuit of pleasure enables Mr. Kerouac to serve up the great, raw slices of America that give his book a descriptive excitement unmatched since the days of Thomas Wolfe. As a portrait of a disjointed segment of a society acting out of its own neurotic necessity, On the Road is a stunning achievement. But it is a road, as far as the characters are concerned, that leads nowhere - and which the novelist himself can't afford to travel more than once.

To anyone with a wildly out of control friend, that one who makes you crazy but you just can't quit, the story of Sal and Dean will send echos through your head. To anyone who wants to intimately know the post-WWII wanderlust that struck so many Americans, to anyone who wants to know how the Beats and the hippies came to be, this is the bible. Genius.

First of, it wasn't too poetically written. It read like a diary of a nineteen year old. Secondly, this shouldn't be the go to encomium to American non-conformity that it has become. Real non-conformity and free spiritedness involve following your own belief system and being able to see the larger picture outside of the mores of your current time or place. Read 'Self Reliance' by Emerson'. The praised 'hero' of this novel steals cars and knocks up women. How is that anything but criminal and irresponsible? Thirdly, I understand that this book and the Beat movement along with

rock'n'roll' were instrumental in removing the giant stick out of the 1950's ass. However, just because it had cultural significance doesn't mean that the work itself is automatically good. If it were possible to do a contemporary blind test of 'On The Road', I think there would be more responses like my own. You gather a large group of educated and artistically leaning 20 year olds who never read the book or were familiar with it's premise. Group A reads the book as published with author and title intact. Group B reads the book with with no title, no author and name changes to the characters. I think you know how I guess Group B would rate the book. Do hipsters make death threats?

Kerouac grasps the adventure lurking within everyone, that urge to drop everything and let the wind drive us. A magnificent account of the beat generation of the 1950's and every 'off-beat' group of every era. The perfect escape.


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