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On the Road (1957)

by Jack Kerouac

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On the Road chronicles Jack Kerouac's years traveling the North American continent with his friend Neal Cassady, "a sideburned hero of the snowy West." As "Sal Paradise" and "Dean Moriarty," the two roam the country in a quest for self-knowledge and experience. Kerouac's love of America, his compassion for humanity, and his sense of language as jazz combine to make On the Road an inspirational work of lasting importance.… (more)
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    Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas by Hunter S. Thompson (MyriadBooks)
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    On the Road : The Original Scroll by Jack Kerouac (alaskayo)
    alaskayo: 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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    Into the Wild by Jon Krakauer (thiagobomfim)
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    Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance: An Inquiry into Values by Robert M. Pirsig (hippietrail)
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    The Town and the City by Jack Kerouac (soulster)
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    Cigarett : roman by Per Hagman (Sawengo)
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    Go by John Clellon Holmes (gbill)
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    Théorie du voyage : Poétique de la géographie by Michel Onfray (askthedust)
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    The Savage Detectives by Roberto Bolaño (hippietrail)
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    Tredje stenen från solen : roman by Claes Holmström (Sawengo)
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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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    Ye Ole Fiendly Towne and Other Whittier Zombie Haikus: Whittier is suddenly scoured with zombies! And just where is Doobie McDonald during these mayhaps...BAY-beh!? by Doobie McDonald (privycouncilpress)
    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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Why haven't I read this? It's been on my shelf for years and years.
  wickenden | Mar 8, 2021 |
There was nowhere to go but everywhere, so just keep on rolling under the stars. ( )
  SolangePark | Jan 26, 2021 |
This is the kind of book that I really need more cultural context to be able to enjoy. It comes highly recommended by many friends of the artistic and musical bent, and though I appreciate the journeys taken by the characters, I cannot really relate to the attitudes and circumstances described. ( )
  resoundingjoy | Jan 1, 2021 |
I appreciate how this was a defining literary work for its time but it didn't appeal much to me. ( )
  m.j.brown | Dec 13, 2020 |
This is not a book I can give an adequate review of. I can relate that I was very impressed and wowed by the language - there are beautiful passages in here. I ended up fascinated by the journeys across America in the late 40's and that obsession caused me to buy a box of old maps at a swap meet mumbling "Thank you, Jack Kerouac" as I parted with my birthday money.

I ended up needing to own this book - needing to underline passages in this book - so I did what for me is unthinkable. I bought my own new copy of this book. (Buying a new book is unusual for me. Especially a fiction book. Especially one I've read!) I also bought used copies of some of Kerouac's other books. I bought a book about the Beat generation.

I don't know what came over me. The book, on a superficial level, is about a few guys crossing the US, having fun, partying, picking up girls, doing some drugs, wrecking some cars, listening to jazz. They're friends, but will sure abandon each other if the right girl comes along. Of course, Denver in the old days fascinates me and that was part of the charm.

And the language! And the sadness which progresses as the book goes along. There's funny times and good times but overall there's something a bit depressing at the constant search for IT, for something other, for the next high. I can't explain why I felt sympathy for Dean Moriarty when he's definitely not the best of friends - he seems mentally ill, has issues with alcohol and drugs, is manipulative, although charismatic and fun - definitely not someone I'd want my husband hanging out with but who could resist him? Mike (if younger) would be right there with him, I'm afraid. (He has yet to read this book but he always fondly refers to Neal Cassady as The Bus Driver because of the Prankster's movie.)

So 5 stars because this book moved me in a way a book hasn't touched me in a long time. ( )
1 vote Chica3000 | Dec 11, 2020 |
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El Sal Paradise de todas las ediciones conocidas de esta novela mítica es aquí, al fin, Kerouac. Y también Cassady, Ginsberg y Burroughs aparecen con sus verdaderos nombres. Con la publicación del rollo original, la gesta viajera y existencial de En la carretera se vuelve autobiográfica de pleno derecho y a plena luz del día, sin censura alguna. Y el relato adquiere toda su potencia narrativa. El lector tiene en sus manos una suerte de manifiesto de la beat generation. Seguimos a Kerouac y a toda la cáfila que desfila por estas páginas en toda su desnudez y penuria. Precursores del movimiento hippy y la contracultura de finales de los años sesenta, los personajes de esta novela pululan sin rumbo por Norteamérica. La sed vital insatisfecha, la búsqueda de horizontes de sentido, de dicha y de conocimiento y los atisbos místicos se estrellan contra una realidad inhóspita y desesperanzada. Un vívido compendio de los grandes temas, y al tiempo una apasionante aventura humana y una metáfora de la existencia. «El rollo original de On the Road es una de las más veneradas y enigmáticas reliquias de la literatura moderna... Un texto fascinante» (James Campbell, The Times Literary Supplement).
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Kerouac, JackAuthorprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Charters, AnnIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Golüke, GuidoTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Holmes, AndrewCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Muller, FrankNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Pivano, FernandaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Sauter, PeeterTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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I first met Dean not long after my wife and I split up.
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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.
Great beautiful clouds floated overhead, valley clouds that made you feel the vastness of old tumbledown holy America from mouth to mouth and tip to tip.
'You have absolutely no regard for anybody but yourself and your damned kicks. All you think about is what's hanging between your legs and how much money or fun you can get out of people and then you just throw them aside. Not only that but you're silly about it. It never occurs to you that life is serious and there are people trying to make something decent out of it instead of just goofing all the time.'
Every one of these things I said was a knife at myself. Everything I had ever secretly held against my brother was coming out: how ugly I was and what filth I was discovering in the depths of my own impure psychologies.
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On the Road chronicles Jack Kerouac's years traveling the North American continent with his friend Neal Cassady, "a sideburned hero of the snowy West." As "Sal Paradise" and "Dean Moriarty," the two roam the country in a quest for self-knowledge and experience. Kerouac's love of America, his compassion for humanity, and his sense of language as jazz combine to make On the Road an inspirational work of lasting importance.

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Sal Paradise, un giovane newyorkese con ambizioni letterarie, incontra Dean Moriarty, un ragazzo dell'Ovest. Uscito dal riformatorio, Dean comincia a girovagare sfidando le regole della vita borghese, sempre alla ricerca di esperienze intense. Dean decide di ripartire per l'Ovest e Sal lo raggiunge; è il primo di una serie di viaggi che imprimono una dimensione nuova alla vita di Sal. La fuga continua di Dean ha in sé una caratteristica eroica, Sal non può fare a meno di ammirarlo, anche quando febbricitante, a Città del Messico, viene abbandonato dall'amico, che torna negli Stati Uniti.
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