Five decades after it was first published, Jack Kerouac's seminal beat novel "On the Road" finally finds its way to the big screen, in a production from award-winning director Walter Salles ("Motorcycle Diaries") starring Sam Riley ("Control, Brighton Rock"), Garret Hedlund ("Friday Night Lights"), Kristen Stewart ("Twilight"), Kirsten Dunst, Amy ...Read MoreFive decades after it was first published, Jack Kerouac's seminal beat novel "On the Road" finally finds its way to the big screen, in a production from award-winning director Walter Salles ("Motorcycle Diaries") starring Sam Riley ("Control, Brighton Rock"), Garret Hedlund ("Friday Night Lights"), Kristen Stewart ("Twilight"), Kirsten Dunst, Amy Adams and Viggo Mortensen. Sal Paradise ("Sam Riley"), a young innocent, joins his hero Dean Moriarty ("Garrett Hedlund"), a traveller and mystic, the living epitome of Beat, 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, "On the Road" is the book that launched the Beat Generation and remains the bible of that literary movement. Jack Kerouac (1922-69) was an American novelist, poet, artist and part of the Beat Generation. His first published novel, "The Town and the City", appeared in 1950, but it was "On the Road", published in 1957, that made Kerouac famous. Publication of his many other books followed, among them "The Subterraneans", "Big Sur", and "The Dharma Bums". Kerouac died in Florida at the age of forty-seven. "The most beautifully executed, the clearest and the most important utterance yet made by the generation Kerouac himself named years ago as "beat"' The New York Times 'Pop writing at its best. It changed the way I saw the world, making me yearn for fresh experience." (Hanif Kureishi, "Independent on Sunday"). ""On the Road" sold a trillion Levis and a million espresso machines, and also sent countless kids on the road." ("William Burroughs").Read Less
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I think thatbthis book is in an excellent condition and it was sent in a very adecuate period of time.
Sep 29, 2011
Why The Sixties Happened
A few years ago, 50 years after its initial publication, and 35 years since I had read it for the first time myself, I loaned my battered paperback copy of 'On The Road' to a young friend of mine who had asked me "What should I read next?". Her reaction was, as I would have hoped, overwhelmingly positive. "It made me want to go hitchhiking" she told me.
She didn't go, of course, that's considered too dangerous these days, but she caught the spirit of Kerouac from those yellowed old pages and that made me happy.
It made me remember myself from the days before I was twenty. When the world was wide-open in front of me with all my limitless imagination and inexhaustible energy to carry me forward.
Those two-and-a-half-hundred pages created in a Benzedrine-fueled typing frenzy spoke to both of us across generations as great writing is meant to do.
Jack's tales of Casady, Ginsberg, Burroughs, and the rest would continue in his books that followed but the spirit and zest of 'On The Road' stand alone.
Bob Dylan said of 'On The Road', "It changed my life like it changed everyone else's".
Myself and my young friend were lucky enough to experience it that same way.
May 11, 2010
The item came in very fast and in good condition. Besides, it's an amazing book
Sep 6, 2009
I read it in high school and I remember liking it at the time. I remember feeling sort of swept away by it, which I'm sure was caused by his stream of consciousness writing. Sometimes it didn't make sense to me, which could (again) be due to his writing style, or possibly it was my age and maturity level, or maybe it was both. I didn't always like what the characters were up to, but I think I liked the characters themselves. I should read it again to see how it makes me feel as an adult.
Oct 5, 2008
Made me want to go on the road
Two friends travel across the USA and Mexico, without a dime in their pockets. This is the main story of this book, so enthusiastically written that I couldn't stop reading it once I've started. One of my favorite books.
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