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On the Road - Jack Kerouac

On the Road

By: Jack Kerouac, Ann Charters (Introduction by)


Published: June 2000
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On the Road swings to the rhythms of 1950s underground America, jazz, sex, generosity, chill dawns and drugs, with Sal Paradise and his hero Dean Moriarty, traveller and mystic, the living epitome of Beat. Now recognised as a modern classic, its American Dream is nearer that of Walt Whitman than F. Scott Fitzgerald, and it goes racing towards the sunset with unforgettable exuberance, poignancy and autobiographical passion.

'A paean to what Kerouac described as "the ragged and ecstatic joy of pure being".' Sunday Times

A memorable and influential rather than a great book. But teenagers love this novel of long roads, big cars, free jazz and loose women without reservation. Kerouac wrote the book in 12 days of 'continuous bop prosody' on an unbroken roll of wrapping paper - for writers, fame might be just a fortnight away. Sadly much of Kerouac's other work seems dated and simple-minded but On the Road is still of tremendous human and historical interest. (Kirkus UK)

ISBN: 9780141182674
ISBN-10: 0141182679
Series: Penguin Classics Ser.
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 320
Published: June 2000
Dimensions (cm): 19.6 x 13.0  x 2.0
Weight (kg): 0.22