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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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    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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Pensé que yo ya no tenía edad para estos existencialismos y ha resultado gustarme y todo, con escalofrío final incluido; es una de esas cosas que solo te pasan cuando terminas ciertas novelas y tienes cierta edad, pero se ve que el tiempo ha tendido puentes y he rejuvenecido un poco al llegar a la conclusión. Lo realmente sorprendente es que me haya gustado tanto un libro en el que no hay una trama concreta, más allá de las divagaciones causadas por el alcohol y las drogas de un par de amigos (o algo parecido) que viajan unas cuantas veces a lo largo y ancho de los Estados Unidos, viviendo prácticamente como vagabundos la mayor parte del tiempo y teniendo una novia en cada puerto.

Lo que quiero decir es que no alcanzo a entender cómo yo, persona casera y de estilo de vida conservador en la mayoría de aspectos, he sido capaz de mantener el interés en este tipo de historia con la que solo podría empatizar en una solitaria noche de verano en la que todo el mundo estuviera de viaje y yo me asara bajo el asfixiante calor contaminado de esta ciudad. Sin embargo, hay algo ahí, en el fondo de la historia semibiográfica que cuenta Kerouac, que solo se despierta con este libro, "El Guardián entre el Centeno" y algún otro más, y que te lleva a volver a plantearte la vida de una forma más... Hmmm... Llamémosla "auténtica", pero que se diluye en un sopapo de realidad cuando suena el despertador y te tienes que ir a trabajar.

Y todo ello siendo una obra que, en su forma, es más bien llana, y que sólo alcanza cotas de excelencia en los dos o tres pasajes en los que los personajes se preguntan cosas profundas, porque el resto del tiempo están más bien entregados a una espiral descendente hedonista que no me veo capaz de envidiar del todo.

Aún así, sigo estando sorprendido de que me pueda haber gustado tanto, siendo yo quién soy y teniendo la edad que tengo. ( )
  tecniferio | May 12, 2022 |
First read this in the late 50s when in my late teens. It had a great impact, showing me an alternate, exciting lifestyle. I've reread it a couple of times but don't think it holds up that well. It probably needs to be read when one is young. ( )
  BertH | Mar 27, 2022 |
Read this because it was a 'classic' that influenced a generation. It probably did but that was 50 years ago. It was OK but took me a couple of holidays to get through. Don't like the characters much - too self absorbed.
Guess the professors in the US in the 60s were contemporararies so felt drawn to the feelings in the book. ( )
  Sandman-1961 | Mar 6, 2022 |
First read this in the late 50s when in my late teens. It had a great impact, showing me an alternate, exciting lifestyle. I've reread it a couple of times but don't think it holds up that well. It probably needs to be read when one is young. ( )
  brthrst | Feb 13, 2022 |
Not exactly the masterpiece I had anticipated. It had the same drunken flow as Fitzgerald. At least with Hemingway, he never drank while he wrote. He only drank when he wasn't writing. Believe me, there is a difference. ( )
  AngelaLam | Feb 8, 2022 |
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The wonder of Kerouac’s muscular, free-form, imagistic language still astonishes. He remains an essential American mythologiser – one caught up in that backstreet world of bohemian life, before it was transformed by the harsh social Darwinism of capitalism. The title of his one towering achievement became a turn of phrase that went global, and his name became an adjective. That strikes me as not a bad legacy for a boy from the mean streets of post-industrial New England. A hundred years after his birth, we still want to live that Kerouacian vision of life as one long cool stretch of highway.
 
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
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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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