On the Road

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Penguin, Dec 28, 1976 - Fiction - 320 pages
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The classic novel of freedom and the search for authenticity that defined a generation

Inspired by Jack Kerouac's adventures with Neal Cassady, On the Road tells the story of two friends whose cross-country road trips are a quest for meaning and true experience. Written with a mixture of sad-eyed naivete and wild ambition and imbued with Kerouac's love of America, his compassion for humanity, and his sense of language as jazz, On the Road is the quintessential American vision of freedom and hope, a book that changed American literature and changed anyone who has ever picked it up.  

"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."
--Kenneth Rexroth, San Francisco Chronicle

"One of the finest novels of recent years. . . a highly euphoric and intensely readable story about a group of wandering young hedonists who cross the country in endless search of kicks."
--Leonard Feather, Downbeat 


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ThoughOn The Road wouldn't be published until 1957, Keroauc wrote the book's initial draft in 1951 on a 120'-long sheet of paper without any paragraph breaks-a rolling boil of text. The early draft ... Read full review

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Contents

Section 1
1
Section 2
9
Section 3
12
Section 4
22
Section 5
32
Section 6
36
Section 7
40
Section 8
46
Section 23
171
Section 24
175
Section 25
179
Section 26
183
Section 27
191
Section 28
197
Section 29
207
Section 30
213

Section 9
51
Section 10
57
Section 11
60
Section 12
80
Section 13
86
Section 14
103
Section 15
116
Section 16
118
Section 17
123
Section 18
129
Section 19
134
Section 20
149
Section 21
156
Section 22
167
Section 31
219
Section 32
224
Section 33
231
Section 34
239
Section 35
244
Section 36
249
Section 37
260
Section 38
268
Section 39
275
Section 40
292
Section 41
303
Section 42
311
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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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