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.
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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.
One of the greatest books ever
Kerouac's mastery of the written language is unbeatable. Reading this book, I felt as though I was actually traveling along with Jack on his travels through the country not just reading about them after the fact. On the Road taught me a lot; about myself, about the world, about humanity. After you read this version be sure to check out the original scroll version, it's much better in my opinion as it was unedited and as Kerouac meant it to be.
Great novel. How can this electronic version cost more than the real book?