One of my favourite novels of all time. Reading it again as an older man brought it new meaning. So much so that I quit my job and began hitchhiking across the county. Didn't really work out, ended up stranded in Kidderminster. The wife soon left me. But at least I've got the book.
Kerouac's writing in On the Road is an exceptional example of poetry in the novel. There are times in the story where I reread passage just for the sublime nature of the words.
The story itself is well documented so I wont go over old ground but I will say that this is a text tht helped to create and define the beat generation. Well worth reading for the sheer audacity of the language