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On the Road
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On the Road

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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.

Title:On the Road
Edition Language:English
ISBN:0140042598
Format Type:Paperback
Number of Pages:307 pages
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    On the Road Reviews

  • Jessica
    Sep 29, 2007

    This is probably the worst book I have ever finished, and I'm forever indebted to the deeply personality-disordered college professor who assigned it, because if it hadn't been for that class I never ...

  • Adam
    Apr 24, 2007

    I'm supposed to like On the Road, right? Well, I don't. I hate it and I always have. There are a lot of reasons why I hate it. I find Kerouac's attitude toward the world pathetically limited and pater...

  • Ian
    Feb 25, 2011

    A View from the CouchOTR has received some negative reviews lately, so I thought I would try to explain my rating.This novel deserves to lounge around in a five star hotel rather than languish in a lo...

  • Samadrita
    Sep 30, 2012

    This is the book which has given me anxiety attacks on sleepless nights.This is the book which has glared at me from its high pedestal of classical importance in an effort to browbeat me into finally ...

  • Jahn Sood
    Jun 09, 2007

    I've been thinking about this book a lot lately, so I figured that I'd go back and write something about it. When I first read this book, I loved it as a piece of art, but its effect on me was differe...

  • Jacob
    Dec 21, 2007

    I read On The Road when I was 16. When I was 16, I was so depressed. I went to a high school that had a moat around it and a seige mentality. On The Road made me not depressed. In fact ... it made me ...

  • Michael Finocchiaro
    Jul 16, 2016

    Kerouac's masterpiece breathes youth and vigor for the duration and created the American bohemian "beat" lifestyle which has been the subject of innumerable subsequent books, songs, and movies. I have...

  • Adam
    Jan 08, 2012

    Although the ideas hold a certain appeal, this book is ultimately just a half-assed justification of some pretty stupid, self-destructive, irresponsible, and juvenile tendencies and attitudes, the end...

  • Katerina
    Jan 24, 2017

    “Nothing behind me, everything ahead of me, as is ever so on the road.” I am not really into classics.I always preferred the fantasy genre, due to an innate escapism, a vivid imagination and a ...

  • Sparrow
    Mar 08, 2009

    The other day I was talking to someone and he said, “Well, I’m no pie expert . . . Wait! No! I am a pie expert. I am an expert at pie!” Another person asked, “How did you become a pie expert?...