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
Inspired 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 naiveté 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.
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
Game-changing. Influential. A must-read. Yes, Jack Kerouac’s classic novel is all of those things. But forget that—and forget the creation legend about Kerouac feeding one long scroll of paper into his typewriter so he wouldn’t have to change sheets as he typed in a Benzedrine-fueled frenzy. Instead, just let yourself experience the jazz-inspired rhythms and lyrical beauty of this autobiographical story. On the Road crackles with intensity as the alienated Sal Paradise and Dean Moriarty search for meaning and kicks on cross-country trips across postwar America. It doesn’t matter so much what they’re running to—or from. What matters is the journey itself. And what a trip it is.
Great book, lousy editing
The story, as ever, is great. But the editing in this version is just lousy. Misspellings, missing letters and punctuation, phrases only half italicized. No good excuse when this book has been around so long and gone through so many editions.
Great novel. How can this electronic version cost more than the real book?
idiosyncratic yet timeless
Some might think the story belonged to the past. The truth is that the story is ever-unfolding. The inherent desire to burst out for freedom and to break the shackles hallmarked our history which has always repeated itself.