On the Road

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Penguin, 2003 - Fiction - 307 pages
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The quintessential American vision of freedom and hopevibrant, compelling, and full of wonder

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.

This Penguin Classics edition contains an introduction by Ann Charters.

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Unique spontaneous style of writing. - Flipkart
The survival tips are clear and concise. - LibraryThing
The story, on the other hand, is on a faster pace. - Flipkart
When you read this book, don't look for a plot. - Flipkart

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I wasn't a huge fan of this rambling, 'stream of consciousness' approach to writing, but the pictures Kerouac painted with his words were occasionally powerful. His abilities as a writer were on full ... Read full review

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This book's influence on me can't be overstated. I took a class on the Beat Generation in tenth grade, which is right when all the kicks seem most dazzling, and I thought yes! This is the crazy ... Read full review

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About the author (2003)

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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