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'I read On the Road in maybe 1959. It changed my life like it changed everyone else's' Bob Dylan
Sal Paradise, a young innocent, joins his hero, the mystical traveller Dean Moriarty, 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.
Closing date: 25/10/2020
Publication date: 02/08/2018
Publisher: Penguin Classics an imprint of Penguin Books Ltd
|Publication date:||2nd August 2018|
|Author:||Jack Kerouac, Ann Charters|
|Publisher:||Penguin Classics an imprint of Penguin Books Ltd|
|Categories:||Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945),|
Jack Kerouac was born in Lowell, Massachusetts, in 1922. Educated by Jesuit brothers in Lowell, he decided to become a writer at age seventeen and developed his own writing style, which he called 'spontaneous prose'. He used this technique to record the life of the American 'traveler' and the experiences of the Beat Generation, most memorably in On the Road and also in The Subterraneans and The Dharma Bums. His other works include Big Sur, Desolation Angels, Lonesome Traveler, Visions of Gerard, Tristessa, and a book of poetry called Mexico City Blues. Jack Kerouac died in 1969.More About Jack Kerouac, Ann Charters