On the Road

On the Road

Book - 2003
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Penguin Putnam
The classic novel of freedom and the search for authenticity that defined a generation

September 5th, 2017 marks the 60th anniversary of the publication of On the Road

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.

For more than seventy years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English-speaking world. With more than 1,700 titles, Penguin Classics represents a global bookshelf of the best works throughout history and across genres and disciplines. Readers trust the series to provide authoritative texts enhanced by introductions and notes by distinguished scholars and contemporary authors, as well as up-to-date translations by award-winning translators.

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Follows the counterculture escapades of members of the Beat generation as they seek pleasure and meaning while traveling coast to coast.

Publisher: New York : Penguin, 2003
Description: xxxiv, 307 p. ; 20 cm
ISBN: 9780142437254
0142437255
Branch Call Number: Kero
Additional Contributors: Kerouac, Jack 1922-1969
Charters, Ann

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stewstealth
Sep 08, 2016

A stream of consciousnesses novel regarding the author's travels back and forth across America and eventually into Mexico most often with his friend Neal Cassady ( I read the original scroll version of this book which is not edited for drug use, sexuality nor were the names changed to prevent libel actions.) The characters are all flawed and in many instances not particularly likable. It would seem this was the author's intent, to show all the foibles in people. The author is a very good writer with many evocative paragraphs. Worth reading if you are interested.

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xiaojunbpl12
May 25, 2016

Dean, the devil (vs S. Paradise's angel), driving me mad... till the end of the road/book, when I lost the grip on his soul.
Not for one who focus on pure rational description of human behavior, who is only comfortable with plain coherent form, who sticks to what should be avoided, or abide the moral standards judged by language used... not for one whose head and heart in faraway chambers.

IMolina3 Jun 25, 2015

I just watch this movie because of kristen stewart was in it..

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MyrtleLouise
Jul 10, 2013

Well, now I at least know what all the hullabaloo is about. Interesting, but not one I would recommend.

KRockstar10 Apr 17, 2013

Couldn't get more than 50 or so pages into it. This one just wasn't for me.

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joliebergman
Apr 17, 2013

I really wanted to like it. I had also hoped to find the characters engaging, interesting. Instead I found them irritating. I was not a fan of the overall dismissivness of poor behavior. I did not finish the book. Although, perhaps someday I will. Today is not it.

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MCinnamon
Mar 25, 2013

Wow, I can't believe I put off reading this book for so long. I thought it was a travel book about a guy crossing the country looking for the American Dream, when in reality he finds it in everyone he meets on the way. For the main character it's depressing but if he only opened his eyes once in a while he would see it right in front of him. I loved the conscious stream of thought method that the book is written in, in other words, the fact the author was drugged up for 3 weeks and wrote this whole novel on a typewritter with no punctuation. If you enjoyed FEAR AND LOATHING IN LAS VEGAS or TRAINSPOTTING this is a book for you.

WGTaylor Aug 22, 2012

I *hated* this book when I first read it as a teenager - no plot, no believable charaters etc.

But I tried it about 10 years later and loved it - the language is wonderful and it succeeds in being both a realistic, yet engaging portrayal of everyday events and an enduring call towards an alternative mindset...A classic for sure (though I personally prefer The Dharma Bums.)

shoelace Nov 09, 2011

This is a story of friendship and life on the road in late 1940’s to 1950 America.

Although the moment in time, the places they pass through and people they meet are of particular cultural significance to the story of central characters Sal and Dean, the search for the big answers, passion and excitement in life are pursuits relatable to many – no matter where we live or what decade it is.

Best read with the likes of Miles Davis, Charlie Parker or Tom Waits in the background!

RockTheBooks Oct 31, 2011

From what I'd heard from other readers, I was under the impression that this would be the "book of all books." Unfortunately, I found myself bored and underwhelmed. I felt like this was a sort of coming of age story, but one where none of the characters actually discover themselves. A lot of lost souls aimlessly travelling around in search of what? A whole lot of nothing apparently.

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PimaLib_WilliamB May 06, 2015

A decent but not outstanding adaptation of Kerouac's novel. This one always seemed too hard to film, and indeed, the end result isn't the best result, but seeing the characters come off the pages and alive is enjoyable and Viggo Mortensen as William S. Burroughs is a scene stealer.

PimaLib_WilliamB May 06, 2015

Kerouac wrote most of his famous book on a scroll through his typewriter so he would keep a continuous train of thought. The resulting manuscript is now available here (though, not in scroll form!) to be read as Kerouac originally wrote it, with the names of his fellow "Beat" friends and authors named. It's an exhaustive read but worth it for the fans.

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sawing85
Jun 12, 2014

You boys going to get somewhere or just going?

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justpooki
Mar 23, 2013

“The only people for me are the mad ones, the ones mad to live, mad to talk, mad to be saved, desirous of everything at the same time, the ones who never yawn or say a commonplace thing but burn, burn, burn like fabulous roman candles exploding like spiders across the stars…”

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Feb 28, 2011

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