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On the Road

By: Jack Kerouac
Narrated by: David Carradine
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Publisher's summary

"The only people for me are the mad ones," wrote Jack Kerouac, "the ones who are mad to live, mad to talk, mad to be saved, desirous of everything at the same time, the ones who never yawn or say a commonplace thing, but burn, burn, burn like fabulous yellow roman candles exploding like spiders across the stars."

On the Road is the classic story of two such characters: Sal Paradise and Dean Moriarty, who set off on an odyssey through mid-century underground America, fueled by jazz, sex, drugs, mystical philosophy, and a limitless passion for experience.

©1955 Jack Kerouac (original material) . Copyright renewed © Stella Kerouac 1983. Copyright renewed © Stella and Jan Kerouac 1985 (P)1986 LFP Holding, Inc.

Critic reviews

"An authentic work of art...the most beautifully executed, the clearest and the most important utterance yet made by the generation Kerouac himself named years ago as 'beat,' and whose principal avatar he is." (Gilbert Millstein, The New York Times)

"On the Road has the kind of drive that blasts through to a large public.... What makes the novel really important, what gives it that drive is a genuine new, engaging and exciting prose style.... What keeps the book going is the power and beauty of the writing." (Kenneth Rexroth, San Francisco Chronicle)