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Sur la route (original 1957; edition 1972)

by Jack Kerouac

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Title:Sur la route
Authors:Jack Kerouac
Info:Gallimard (1972), Edition: Gallimard, Poche, 436 pages
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On the Road by Jack Kerouac (1957)

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    On the Road: The Original Scroll (Penguin Classics Deluxe Edition) by Jack Kerouac (rickyrickyricky)
    rickyrickyricky: If you still have the choice, do not pick up the originally-published edition and instead go for the Original Scroll. This should be on its way to replacing just plain ol' On the Road as the primo Kerouac (and even Beat) text for the adventurous romantics to become enamored with. More rhythm, more life, more of that depressing truth that filled Kerouac's subsequent work. It's a much stronger book.… (more)
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    Off the Road: My Years With Cassady, Kerouac, and Ginsberg by Carolyn Cassady (Jannes)
    Jannes: Interesting behind-the-scenes look, and also something of an counterpoint to the tendency of over-romanticizing Jack and the gang that we, or at least I, are sometimes guiltily of. If you're a Beat-geek you can't really ignore this one.
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    One and Only: The Untold Story of On the Road by Gerald Nicosia (mrkay)
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    caflores: Gente que busca y no sabe qué.
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    Linda.Collison: Looking for Redfeather was inspired in part, by Jack Kerouac's iconic story and is a 21st century homage to the novel. Kerouac's characters are older and less directed in their wanderings than the teens in Looking for Redfeather, who come of age on the road, yet they share the same restlessness and desire for life.… (more)
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    privycouncilpress: A road trip film symbolizing the mindtrip your soul will have while reading 'Ye Ole Fiendly Towne and Other Whittier Zombie Haikus"
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Deadbeat and his bipolar friend shuttle between East coast and SF. Kerouac can write but the content is juvenile and wasted, as well as extremely derogatory towards women. Forced myself to read 75% thru then skimmed the remainder. ( )
  joellegc | Jul 6, 2014 |
On the Road follows Sal Paradise as he travels across America with his slightly-crazed friend Dean Moriarty, chronicling their hedonistic adventures through Americana and the outlandish cast of drifters, beatniks, hipsters, drug addicts, and artists whom they meet.

This roman à clef blends Kerouac's own experiences with a stylised fiction that Capote would later perfect; the great names of Beat culture from W. S. Burroughs to Allen Ginsburg and Alan Ansen are all present though Kerouac could not use their original names. On the Road thus helped define the newly-emergent Beat Generation and thoroughly influenced the later counter-culture with its Romanticism.

Kerouac's prose perfectly captures the exhilarating thrills of up-all-night, high-speed, coast-to-coast adventure, and fully immerses the reader in the journeys across America and into a deeper understanding of the central question that troubled the Beat writers: "How are we to live?"
It inspires me to go travelling far off the beaten track, to stay up all night talking about nothing with friends, and to experience more of life.

Yet, the cast of characters remains tolerable at best and unlike-able at worst; nothing Dean Moriarty does is done out of kindness or selflessness, he is utterly selfish and that extends even to his friends and family. Sal is somewhat better and yet he often goes along with Moriarty, caring little for the consequences.

then leaves one with mixed thoughts on finishing - its zeal for adventure and its influence on many of the great artists of the 1960s are undeniable and yet its central characters never truly appeal to the reader. Nevertheless, it remains an interesting and often enjoyable account of life on the open road. ( )
  xuebi | May 30, 2014 |
Don't get me wrong, I can do books that have zero plot, hence why I love Salinger, but this is just terrible. Seriously, how can anyone love this? I won't be reading it again, thats for sure. ( )
  katie1802 | May 10, 2014 |
A book free from "grammatical fears".

(9/10) ( )
  fearless2012 | Apr 27, 2014 |
Kerouac misspelled Thelonious in this novel. Page 228: "..and meeting mad Thelonius [sic.] Monk."

This bothers me. And it bothers me that no one bothered to fix it, especially in this "Great Book of the 20th Century" edition. Kerouac also references a non-existent drummer named Max West (p.208) in the context of Dizzy. Pretty sure he meant Max Roach.

And finally on page 155 there's this: "Fort Lowell Road, out where Hingham lived, would [sic.] along lovely riverbed trees in the flat desert."

I think that was supposed to be "wound along lovely..."

Copy editors? ( )
  alienhard | Mar 26, 2014 |
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With his barbaric yawp of a book. Kerouac commands attention as a kind of literary James Dean.
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Kerouac, Jackprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Bueno, EduardoTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Carradine, DavidReadersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Charters, AnnIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Golüke, GuidoTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Jääskeläinen, MarkusTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Lahtela, MarkkuTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Sauter, PeeterTÕlkija.secondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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". . . and I shambled after as I've been doing all my life after people who interest me, because the only people for me are the mad ones, the ones who are mad to live, mad to talk, mad to be saved, desirous of everything at the same time, the ones who never yawn or say a commonplace thing, but burn, burn, burn like fabulous yellow roman candles exploding like spiders across the stars and in the middle you see the blue centerlight pop and everybody goes 'Awww!'"
In the window I smelled all the food of San Francisco.   There were seafood places out there where the buns were hot, and the baskets were good enough to eat too; where the menus themselves were soft with foody esculence as though dipped in hot broths roasted dry and good enough to eat too.  Just show me the bluefish spangle on a seafood menu, and I'd eat it; let me smell the butter and lobster claws.  There were places where hamburgers sizzled on grills and the coffee was only a nickel.  And oh, that pan fried chow mein flavored air that blew into my room from Chinatown, vying with the spaghetti sauces of North Beach, the soft-shell crab of Fisherman's Wharf- nay, the ribs of Fillmore turning on spits! Throw in the Market street chili beans, red-hot, and french-fried potatoes of the Embarcadero wino night, and steamed clams from Sausalito across the bay, and that's ah-dream of San Francisco.  Add fog, hunger making, raw fog, and the throb of neons in the soft night, the clack of high heeled beauties, white doves in a Chinese grocery window.
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A penniless writer named Sal Paradise becomes inspired to hitchhike across America, taking the listener on a freewheeling journey through the 1950s youth counterculture. Joining up with other fellow vagabonds who are in love with life and open to adventure, they explore jazz, sex, drugs, and mysticism on the fringes of society.

Credited as the book that launched Jack Kerouac's career, On the Road epitomized to the world the generation that Kerouac himself named as "beat." It created a sensation by chronicling a spontaneous and wandering way of life in a style that seemed founded both on jazz and on drug-induced visions.

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The legendary 1951 scroll draft of On the Road, published word for word as Kerouac originally composed it

Though Jack Kerouac began thinking about the novel that was to become On the Road as early as 1947, it was not until three weeks in April 1951, in an apartment on West Twentieth Street in Manhattan, that he wrote the first full draft that was satisfactory to him. Typed out as one long, single-spaced paragraph on eight long sheets of tracing paper that he later taped together to form a 120-foot scroll, this document is among the most significant, celebrated, and provocative artifacts in contemporary American literary history. It represents the first full expression of Kerouac's revolutionary aesthetic, the identifiable point at which his thematic vision and narrative voice came together in a sustained burst of creative energy. It was also part of a wider vital experimentation in the American literary, musical, and visual arts in the post-World War II period.

It was not until more than six years later, and several new drafts, that Viking published, in 1957, the novel known to us today. On the occasion of the fiftieth anniversary of On the Road, Viking will publish the 1951 scroll in a standard book format. The differences between the two versions are principally ones of significant detail and altered emphasis. The scroll is slightly longer and has a heightened linguistic virtuosity and a more sexually frenetic tone. It also uses the real names of Kerouac's friends instead of the fictional names he later invented for them. The transcription of the scroll was done by Howard Cunnell who, along with Joshua Kupetz, George Mouratidis, and Penny Vlagopoulos, provides a critical introduction that explains the fascinating compositional and publication history of On the Road and anchors the text in its historical, political, and social context.

Celebrating 50 Years of On the Road A 50th anniversary hardcover edition of Kerouac's classic novel that defined a generation. On the Road is the quintessential American vision of freedom and hope, a book that changed American literature and changed anyone who has ever picked it up. Why Kerouac Matters: The Lessons of On the Road (They're Not What You Think): John Leland, author of Hip: A History argues that On the Road still matters not for its youthful rebellion but because it is full of lessons about how to grow up.


From the back cover of On the Road: The Original Scroll: Jack Kerouac displaying one of his later scroll manuscripts, most likely The Dharma Bums
Kerouac's map of his first hitchhiking trip, July-October 1947 (click image to see the full map)


Original New York Times review of On the Road (click image to see the full review)

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Story of two restless young men in the late 1940s who cross and recross America, encountering parties, girls, drugs, loneliness and their own dreams along the way.

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