On the Road
Viking, 2007 - Beat generation - 307 pages
Few novels have had as profound an impact as On the Road, and Kerouac's vision continues to inspire: three generations of writers, musicians, artists, and poets cite their discovery of On the Road as the event that "set them free." This hardcover edition commemorates the fiftieth anniversary of the original publication of an American classic. On the Road chronicles Kerouac's years traveling the North American continent, from East Coast to West Coast to Mexico, 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.
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Aside from some nice prose, Jack Kerouac's seminal work proves to be little more than a pseudo-intellectual travelogue that long outstays its welcome. Truly embodying the Beat generation, it stands for nothing and accomplishes nothing.
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A classic. Any and every teenager should be required to dip into some beatnik literature before they finish high school. Its a wonderful story no matter what. Read full review
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