On the Road


  • Original language: English
  • Genre: Other
  • Year published: 1957
  • Book file uploaded by: Bokononsense, on the November 3rd, 2011
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  • Rating: 10/10
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  • Bokononsense
    Publisher: Viking Press
    Year of edition: 2000
    Language: English
    Rating: 10

    "On the Road" stands with works such as Allen Ginsberg's "Howl" and William S. Burroughs' "Naked Lunch" as one of the seminal works of the beat movement. The semi-autobiographical book follows Kerouac (characterised as Sal Paradise) on various roadtrips through post-war America; searching for the unrestrained freedom he sees personified in the reckless, charismatic Neal Cassady (characterised as Dean Moriarty). Though often seen as a prelude to the beatnik and hippie counter-culture movements of the following decades, Kerouac actually intended the story about he and Cassady searching for (and finding) God, in every corner of their country- Kerouac being a self-described "beatific Catholic mystic". Not seeking any kind of spiritual revelation myself; this book for me is an uplifting and entertaining tale of friendship and possibility, and of self-discovery, as well as a fantastic personal account of the beat movement and its key figures.

  • JohnThomas
    Language: English
    Rating: 10

    One of the greatest books ever written.

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