Based on Kerouac's adventures with Neal Cassady, On the Road tells the story of two friends whose four cross-country road trips are a quest for meaning and true experience. Written with a mixture of sad-eyed naïveté and wild abandon, and imbued with Kerouac's love of America, his compassion for humanity, and his sense of language as jazz, On the Road is the quintessential American vision of freedom and hope, a book that changed American literature and changed anyone who has ever picked it up.
©1955, 1957 John Sampas, Literary Representative, the Estate of Stella Sampas Kerouac; John Lash, Executor of the Estate of Jan Kerouac; Nancy Bump; and Anthony M. Sampas; (P)2007 Penguin Audio, a member of Penguin Group (USA) Inc.
Ok, I've heard about this book for years and always wanted to read it. There was even a "Quantum Leap" episode about this book that I loved. So can you imagine how disappointed I was to discover that the book was about a bunch of sick, self-centered, narcissistic freeloaders, who not only didn’t give a damn about the law, but treated everyone they met like garbage. These hoodlums roar around in their own self-indulgence, stealing whatever they can, and taking advantage of anyone stupid enough to get near them. They father children and abandon them, marry women and treat them like dirt, and laugh while other people suffer in order to get their “kicks.” It boggles my mind that so many people find “inspiration” in this book. I’m certainly no prude, and I grew up as a “hippie” but even the lowest rats that I knew cared more about their fellow men that the douche-bags in this book.
The is no book like that one. Perfect guide to the road everyone takes in one form or another. sporo antidote to the manicured fake life we are living today... chance to meet our "very own" Dean M. in the depths of our reflections...
Talk about a break from life. Getting into this audio version of On the Road has been a real soul soother. Will Patton does an excellent job of bringing the life out of this road trip novel. Not an easy task considering the range of character temperament and demeanors. I highly recommend listening through it.
I read on the road on paper a few years back, and I enjoyed listening to the story again. And the reading is very good. But I think the spontaneity of the writing style is experienced much more extreme when reading the paper yourself.
I couldn't tell if this was a coming of age story of a story about mental illness. The narrator made the best of it but it was unsatisfying as a story.
He did his best considering the material. He was put in a rough position and did the best anyone could have done.
None of them were extraordinary. No one memorable. It's a memoir of a guy hitchhiking who can only see the worst in women , and worships a man named Dean.
I guess in it's time is was interesting to young people. That was half a century ago.
The writing was not what I expected. More of a chronicle of events than anything interesting or profound. Most of my book club did not choose to finish it.
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