On the Road by Jack Kerouac

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"On the Road" is a novel of experience; it tells tales of madness played out by all kinds of strange characters, in settings as diverse as a Virginia small-town diner, a New York jazz-joint, and a Mexican whore-house. What connects these adventures is the characters' refusal to miss out on life,and their determination to get the most out of now.
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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.  
 

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Published December 28, 1976 by Penguin Books. 322 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Education & Reference, Business & Economics, Action & Adventure, Biographies & Memoirs, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, War, Religion & Spirituality. Fiction
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NY Times

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Reviewed by Luc Sante on Aug 19 2007

The novel that “On the Road” became was inarguably the book that young people needed in 1957, but the sparse and unassuming scroll is the living version for our time.

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Kansas City Public Library

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Reviewed by Bernard Norcott-Mahany on Sep 20 2012

...the work has the feel of something spontaneous and improvised, and captures the sense of a young man's enthusiasm.

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Teen Ink

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Reviewed by Seo Y on Jan 28 2014

I recommend this novel for the reader who does not mind chaos, can follow random action, and enjoys learning morals. In conclusion, Jack Kerouac's sad yet comedic On the Road brilliantly renders thought, discussion, controversy, and passion with its quixotic characters and themes fraught with heart and soul.

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on Sep 30 2014

This book is revered as the defining novel of the Beat Generation, a post-WWII cultural movement closely identified with jazz/be-bop music, drug and alcohol use, and other forms of artistic, intellectual, and personal experimentation.

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The Book Stop

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Reviewed by curlygeek04 on Apr 05 2013

Kerouac’s telling of a life of aimless travel, drug use and casual sex may be historically or culturally important, but it’s got no plot direction and few likeable characters...I could have put this book down many times, but I really wanted to finish it. I wanted to see if there’s some lesson in Kerouac’s free-wheeling treks across the country.

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The Bluestocking Society

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Reviewed by Jessica Anderson on Apr 24 2012

Lack of plot – Um, yeah. The plot is essentially that Sal Paradise travels about the country with a variety of ill-mannered friends, including one Dean Moriarty. But that is it. ...The evocation of an era – the saving grace of On the Road, in my eyes, is its rather fascinating encapsulation of a generation.

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Reviewed by Anna Hassapi on Jan 28 2014

"On the Road" is a novel of experience; it tells tales of madness played out by all kinds of strange characters, in settings as diverse as a Virginia small-town diner, a New York jazz-joint, and a Mexican whore-house. What connects these adventures is the characters' refusal to miss out on life,and their determination to get the most out of now.

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Craccum Magazine

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Reviewed by Shaun Wright Phillips on Jan 28 2014

It may upset you to discover that not everybody thinks this book is the epitome of cool. In fact, I found it to be one of the most disappointing books I have ever read. This was years ago and to this day the bitter pill remains firmly lodged in my throat.

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