On the Road
Sal Paradise, a young innocent, joins the slightly crazed Dean Moriarty on a breathless, exuberant ride back and forth across the United States. Their hedonistic search for release or fulfillment through drink, sex, drugs and jazz becomes an exploration of personal freedom, a test of the limits... show more
Sal Paradise, a young innocent, joins the slightly crazed Dean Moriarty on a breathless, exuberant ride back and forth across the United States. Their hedonistic search for release or fulfillment through drink, sex, drugs and jazz becomes an exploration of personal freedom, a test of the limits of the American dream. A brilliant blend of fiction and autobiography, Jack Kerouac's exhilarating novel defined the new 'Beat' generation. It had tremendous impact on both sides of the Atlantic and made him famous overnight.
Publish date: September 3rd 1998
Pages no: 304
Edition language: English
Series: Duluoz Legend
Not sure if this is going to remain a DNF, or what...The book is unreadable and in places plain incoherent. Some of the imagery is nauseating while some is beautiful, daunting and well-felt out. And I have to admit that I can't help hating the stupid protagonists without a single healthy brain cell ...
One of the main reasons that I decided to read this book, other than the fact that it happens to be a modern classic, is because I was reading an article in a Christian magazine that was complaining about how this book, and the motor car in general, is responsible for the promiscuous, permissive, an...
I liked some parts of Kerouac's signature novel more than others, but unlike a lot of other Readers have put it in their comments, I wouldn't consider it that bad a story. I admit that sometimes, the story got quite lengthy and I really felt for the old aunt always being tricked into giving "Sal" m...
Another trip back and forth across America. Really not sure why this was ranked as a must read. Character goes back and forth with friends across the US, then goes to Mexico.
Alas, it promised much and delivered sparely. "On the Road" is a book that seems to be written as man would tell a long collection of anecdotes. Somewhere I saw it referred as a stream of conscience kind of writing. It does feel like a never stopping river: some fast stretches, distressing rapids...