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On the Road (Penguin Great Books of the 20th Century) Paperback – 1 Jun 1999
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On The Road, the most famous of Jack Kerouac's works, is not only the soul of the Beat movement and literature, but one of the most important novels of the century. Like nearly all of Kerouac's writing, On The Road is thinly fictionalised autobiography, filled with a cast made of Kerouac's real life friends, lovers and fellow travellers. Narrated by Sal Paradise, one of Kerouac's alter-egos, this cross-country bohemian odyssey not only influenced writing in the years since its 1957 publication but penetrated into the deepest levels of American thought and culture. --Acton Lane --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
"Life is great, and few can put the zest and wonder and sadness and humor of it on paper more interestingly than Kerouac." --San Francisco Chronicle
Life is great, and few can put the zest and wonder and sadness and humor of it on paper more interestingly than Kerouac. San Francisco Chronicle"
"An authentic work of art . . . the most beautifully executed, the clearest and the most important utterance yet made by the generation Kerouac himself named years ago as 'beat, ' and whose principal avatar he is."
--Gilbert Millstein, The New York Times
"On the Road has the kind of drive that blasts through to a large public. . . . What makes the novel really important, what gives it that drive is a genuine new, engaging and exciting prose style. . . . What keeps the book going is the power and beauty of the writing."
--Kenneth Rexroth, San Francisco Chronicle
--Leonard Feather, Downbeat See all Product description
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The first few chapters progressed way too quickly and I was expecting some sort of introduction to characters and more scene setting, it felt as though I'd missed something, as if I was expected to already know a lot. Although the fast paced start (the whole book progresses qiuckly and at time I wasn't entirely clued up as to how many days/months/years had gone by) was difficult to keep up with, it did give you a good sense of how lively these chaps were.
The latter parts of the book were more interesting, things slowed down slightly and I started to learn more about the main characters however I was eager to just finish the book at this point. Each page seemed similar to the last and it felt all too repetitive.
This was my first 'beat' novel and maybe the style of writing just isn't for me. At some points I did feel the urge to just get out and drive and I wondered how fun it was back in their era, how carefree everybody seemed, but not enough for me to really enjoy this book.
I'm glad I gave it a shot and it was 'ok' but I certainly don't have the urge to read it again.
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