On the Road

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Penguin, 2003 - Fiction - 307 pages
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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 forty years ago.


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Some of the writing redeemed it - sparkling prose. - LibraryThing
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Really, I begrudge this book its fourth star, but I can't justify anything less. A couple of years ago, a friend of mine read On the Road and didn't stop talking about it for months on end. It changed ... Read full review

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I've watched the movie before and didn't like it but I kept hearing how this classic novel has the ability to change lives, how it defined a generation. So I thought I would give it a try and read the ... Read full review

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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 RoadThe Dharma BumsBig Sur, and Visions of Cody.

Ann Charters is a Professor of American Literature at the University of Connecticut. She is the editor of The Portable Sixties ReaderThe Portable Jack Kerouac, two volumes of Jack Kerouac's Selected Letters, and Beat Down to Your Soul. She teaches at the University of Connecticut.

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