The "beat" generation of the late 40's and 50'sthat laid the foundation for the 60's and 70's mass cultural revolution was a white male phenomenon with profoundly racist ideas and fully supportive of male supremacy, yet it still managed to challenge the "straight" society that was otherwise thoroughly suckered into the consumerist cu materialism of the post-war ascendant American industrial empire. Kerouac's grilling of this tale without a shred of anticipation of the mass civil rights and feminist movements that would begin in just a half dozen years highlights the degree of radical transformation inherent in those movements.
Marketing practitioner and perpetual student
This is a book everyone should read, or listen to at least twice in your life. Once when you're 20, again when you're much older (and maybe a few times in between) .
It's the literary equivalent of the great jazz from the 50s, and the great abstract expressionist paintings from that era.
It was wonderful to hear the original scroll. Some things said in there were a little abrasive, however it was great to hear Jack's original mindset as he wrote it. it gives the book a more vivid description of the time period hints at undertones not found in the other edited copies.
I have wanted to read OTR for over 20 years and glad I finally had an opportunity. It was a bucket list to do. Thoroughly enjoyed Kerouac, but how can you compare great books against one another - I can't.
The energy and the seemingly carefree attitude of the beat generation.
Loved the way he intoned the voice of Neal Cassidy - I loved when 'Neal' spoke
There were ha ah moments when they spoke of the cruelty and uncertainty of the future and how police would overstep their authority - made me realize things haven't changed all that much
A wonderful reading of one the finest works of American literature - Beat or otherwise - in its original, expanded form. I would definitely recommend this to anyone who has read and/or listened to the audiobook of the original published version, as well as to anyone who has not experienced 'On the Road' yet. Highly recommended.
fact based fiction. wild stream of consciousness
old school vocab
sleeping along roadside in mexico
laughed multiple times
great throw back for any baby boomer
My first experience with Kerouac and I couldn't have asked for a better experience. I'm glad I waited all my life because the scroll version is the only one I wanted to know. The narrator delivered the story in the perfect grit and tone that made me feel like he was the author himself, telling me his story. Superb performance.
An educator and senior who listens to his books from his phone through his hearing aids.
Before I read On The Road, The Scrolls, I read that Jack Kerouack died at the age of 49. By the time I finished it, I understood what cut his life so short. Still, this listen made me wish that every stranger vaccinated with a phonograph needle, who sat beside me on the plane or those who tried to entertain me until the doctor or dentist would rescue me could word smith their conversations as well as Jack.