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On the Road

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Penguin Putnam
A 50th anniversary hardcover edition of Kerouac’s classic novel that defined a generation

Few novels have had as profound an impact on American culture as On the Road. Pulsating with the rhythms of 1950s underground America, jazz, sex, illicit drugs, and the mystery and promise of the open road, Kerouac’s classic novel of freedom and longing defined what it meant to be “beat” and has inspired generations of writers, musicians, artists, poets, and seekers who cite their discovery of the book as the event that “set them free.” Based on Kerouac’s adventures with Neal Cassady, On the Road tells the story of two friends whose four cross-country road trips are a quest for meaning and true experience. Written with a mixture of sad-eyed naïveté and wild abandon, 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. This hardcover edition commemorates the fiftieth anniversary of the first publication of the novel in 1957 and will be a must-have for any literature lover.


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Baker & Taylor
A fiftieth anniversary commemorative edition of Kerouac's classic work reflects the underground and open road experiences of America in the 1950s and is based on the author's travel adventures with Neal Cassady.

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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.

Authors: Kerouac, Jack, 1922-1969
Statement of Responsibility: Jack Kerouac
Title: On the road
Publisher: New York, N.Y. : Viking, 2007
Edition: 50th anniversary ed
Characteristics: 307 p. : port. ; 24 cm.
Subject Headings: Beat generation Fiction
Genre/Form: Autobiographical fiction
Topical Term: Beat generation
LCCN: 2007021285
ISBN: 9780670063260
0670063266
Branch Call Number: FIC K
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Jul 10, 2013
  • MyrtleLouise rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

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

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

Apr 17, 2013
  • joliebergman rated this: 2.5 stars out of 5.

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.

Mar 25, 2013
  • MCinnamon rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

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.

Aug 22, 2012
  • WindowGrass rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

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.)

May 18, 2011
  • Cdnbookworm rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

Perhaps I'm from the wrong generation (born in the early '60s) but this book didn't engage me.
I was surprised to find how much of it was not what I expected. I guess that with a classic one starts to get certain ideas about the kind of book it is and I'm not sure even where all of those preconceived ideas came from. It was less a travel book (I expected a book about America, similar perhaps to Steinbeck's Travels with Charley) and less a book about a certain group of people from a certain generation. I was surprised as well about how much non-conformist behaviour occurred priot to the sixties. Sal's parents are actually a little before my own and yet seem so much more radical. I was put off by Sal's friend Dean and his behaviour. He never really seemed to take responsibility for his actions and his treatment of the women he met was definitely demeaning.
I'm glad I read it, and it made me think about some things in a different way, but it is definitely not a favourite.

Mar 23, 2011
  • coolidgejosiah rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

My all time favorite book. It is one of the few that I have read where I am truly happy while reading, rather than just "enjoying" it. Fantastic! I am however very dissapointed that they are making a movie out of it, especially since Kristen Stewart is playing Marylou.

Film adaptation of Jack Kerouac's On the Road in production in early 2011. Directed by Walter Salles, produced by Francis Ford Coppola and stars Sam Riley (Sal Paradise), Kristen Stewart (Mary Lou) and Garrett Hedlund (Dean Moriarty).

Jan 24, 2011
  • nouanda rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

I wish I had read that book before ! this is an amazing story about free spirits... yes it's kind of sexist and racist, but let me remind you that book was written in the 50's which is quite another time.

Dec 24, 2010
  • Darryl rated this: 1 stars out of 5.

Just terrible. This book is sexist, racist, and homophobic. Dean Moriarty has to be one of the most annoying characters ever. One redeeming element of the book is the jazz scenes which are described excellently and illustrate the jazz genre of the time.

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