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On the Road - Jack Kerouac
On the Road
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Five decades after it was first published, Jack Kerouac's seminal Beat novel "On the Road" finally finds its way to the big screen, in a production from award-winning director Walter Salles ("Motorcycle Diaries") starring Sam Riley ("Control", "Brighton Rock"), Garret Hedlund, Kristen Stewart... show more
Five decades after it was first published, Jack Kerouac's seminal Beat novel "On the Road" finally finds its way to the big screen, in a production from award-winning director Walter Salles ("Motorcycle Diaries") starring Sam Riley ("Control", "Brighton Rock"), Garret Hedlund, Kristen Stewart ("Twilight"), Kirsten Dunst, Amy Adams and Viggo Mortensen. Sal Paradise (Sam Riley), a young innocent, joins his hero, the mystical traveller Dean Moriarty (Garrett Hedlund), on a breathless, exuberant ride back and forth across the United States. Their hedonistic search for release or fulfilment 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 swings to the rhythms of 1950s underground America, racing towards the sunset with unforgettable exuberance, poignancy and autobiographical passion. One of the most influential and important novels of the 20th century, this is the book that launched the "Beat Generation" and remains the bible of that literary movement. Jack Kerouac (1922-69) was an American novelist, poet, artist and part of the "Beat Generation". His first published novel, "The Town and the City", appeared in 1950, but it was On the Road, published in 1957, that made Kerouac famous. Publication of his many other books followed, among them "The Subterraneans", "Big Sur", and "The Dharma Bums". Kerouac died in Florida at the age of forty-seven. "The most beautifully executed, the clearest and the most important utterance yet made by the generation Kerouac himself named years ago as "beat"". ("The New York Times"). "Pop writing at its best. It changed the way I saw the world, making me yearn for fresh experience". (Hanif Kureishi, "Independent on Sunday"). ""On the Road" sold a trillion Levis and a million espresso machines, and also sent countless kids on the road". (William Burroughs).
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Format: paperback
ISBN: 9780140265002 (0140265007)
Publisher: Penguin
Pages no: 281
Edition language: English
Series: Duluoz Legend
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Misericordia
Misericordia rated it
1.0 On the Road
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 ...
Philosophical Musings of a Book Nerd
Philosophical Musings of a Book Nerd rated it
4.5 The Birth of Modern America
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...
The better to see you, my dear
The better to see you, my dear rated it
2.5 Tumultous River
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...
shell pebble
shell pebble rated it
0.5 On closer inspection, still horrible
Yeah, yeah. I couldn't care about the irresponsible, chauvinistic and ignorant protagonist and his witless quest.Since writing the above I have read the PhD thesis of my friend, Loni Reynolds, on spiritual and religious themes in the Beats. After reading it I sent her this email:Hi Loni,Thanks so mu...
Proctosophy
Proctosophy rated it
4.0 On The Road review
Really talky. Some beautiful passages, especially towards the beginning and then at the end when the characters are driving through Mexico. Definitely written in a different style than what I'm familiar with.
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