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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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 was surprised to find a deeply disturbing and sad story. I found it hard to finish as I had no love for Dean or his sad puppy Sal. If there's one thing I choose to take away from this book, its that ... Read full review

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It's a love - hate relationship. On one hand, as a over-serious person, I cannot stand the lifestyle of Dean and Sal, frantic with promiscuous sex, whores, heavy drinking and crazy ideas, no plan, no ... 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 Road, The Dharma Bums, Big Sur, and Visions of Cody.
Ann Charters is the editor of The Portable Sixties Reader, The 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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