Title: On the Road
Author: Jack Kerouac
Publication Date: (1957)
Format: E-Book - EPUB
Source: Bought Copy
A quintessential novel
of America & the Beat Generation On the Road chronicles Jack
Kerouac's years traveling the N. American continent with his friend Neal
Cassady, "a sideburned hero of the snowy West." As "Sal Paradise" &
"Dean Moriarty," the two roam the country in a quest for self-knowledge
& experience. Kerouac's love of America, compassion for humanity
& sense of language as jazz combine to make On the Road an
inspirational work of lasting importance. This classic novel of freedom
& longing defined what it meant to be "Beat" & has inspired
every generation since its initial publication. (Goodreads Synopsis)
On the Road is one of those books I have long thought I should read, but I just didn't get to it until now. Overall, I found it very enjoyable. Kerouac writes with a wonderful energy and immediacy that really creates a sense of excitement and fast-paced action, even when the scene is more static.
Many people say this book had a huge effect on them. For me, not so much. But I think maybe I read it about ten years too late for that. If I'd read this in my early-mid twenties when I went off travelling myself, perhaps I would have made a more personal connection to the story.
Regardless, I am very glad I finally read it and I can recommend it, particularly to those in their late teens and early twenties.