On the Road

On the Road Author Jack Kerouac
ISBN-10 0140283293
ISBN-13 9780140283297
Year 1999-06-01
Pages 293
Language English
Publisher Penguin Books
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The classic novel of freedom and the search for authenticity that defined a generationInspired by Jack Kerouac s adventures with Neal Cassady On the Road tells the story of two friends whose cross country road trips are a quest for meaning and true experience Written with a mixture of sad eyed naivete and wild ambition and imbued with Kerouac s love of America his compassion for humanity and his sense of language as jazz On the Road is the quintessential American vision of freedom and hope a book that changed American literature and changed anyone who has ever picked it up An authentic work of art the most beautifully executed the clearest and the most important utterance yet made by the generation Kerouac himself named years ago as beat and whose principal avatar he is Gilbert Millstein The New York Times On the Road has the kind of drive that blasts through to a large public What makes the novel really important what gives it that drive is a genuine new engaging and exciting prose style What keeps the book going is the power and beauty of the writing Kenneth Rexroth San Francisco Chronicle One of the finest novels of recent years a highly euphoric and intensely readable story about a group of wandering young hedonists who cross the country in endless search of kicks Leonard Feather Downbeat

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