Book :: On the Road

On the Road
By: Jack Kerouac
Pages: 307
Published: 1957
Genre(s): Travel
American
Adventure
Rating: (13)

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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...

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Murfville Murfville

Aug 27th, 2017

justinwolfe82 justinwolfe82

Aug 6th, 2017

forline forline

I really didn't like this

Jul 12th, 2017

bryanoz bryanoz

Jun 5th, 2015

absocold4 absocold4

Hate it. Over rated.....way over rated.

Jan 11th, 2015

notathreatinsight notathreatinsight

rambling beautiful madness.

Dec 30th, 2014

jwk jwk

Dec 12th, 2014

bdunk23 bdunk23

speedfreak entertainment

Jul 30th, 2013

Keith Keith

Jul 30th, 2013

Kristen Kristen

When I first started reading this book, I hated it. It took me too long to read because the sentences were awfully long and never came Kerouac immediately to the point. After finishing On the Road, I loved it for all the reasons I first hated it. This book is the first piece of literature I had read and I'm glad it was.

Jul 10th, 2013

bluestocking bluestocking

I have somewhat mixed feelings about this book. I didn't love it, but I certainly didn't hate it either. It definitely recommend reading it, but perhaps more for it's historical value than anything. It is valuable as the first book of its kind and a great representative of the beat movement. However, modern readers may find it a bit boring and self-indulgent because the ideas it presents and the themes it discusses have since been beaten to death. That's not the book's fault; again, it was the first of its kind, but that's what I mean when I say that its value is largely historical.

Jun 23rd, 2013

Alexander Supertramp II Alexander Supertramp II

Will make your bodies emotional responses turn into physical responses. Just go

Mar 13th, 2013

mike8743 mike8743

Mar 10th, 2013

On the Road appears on these lists...

38th on The 20th Centrury's Greatest Hits by American Book Review

91st on The Novel 100 by Daniel S. Bert

55th on 100 Best Novels by Modern Library

31st on Rival 100 Best Novels by Radcliffe

67th on 100 Books of the Century by Le Monde

68th on 100 Greatest Novels of All Time by The Guardian

66th on Books You Can't Live Without by The Guardian

87th on 100 Novels Everyone Should Read by Telegraph

90th on The Big Read by BBC

14th on Books of the Century by Waterstone

39th on Top 100 Books by Newsweek

23rd on 100 Books of the Past Century by Koen Books