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On the Road

Kerouac, Jack

(Book - 1957)
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
On the Road
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The story of two friends, whose four cross-country road trips, are a quest for meaning and true experience.
Publisher: New York : Viking Press, 1957
ISBN: 0140185216
0140042598
0670874787
0140283293
0142437255
Characteristics: 310 p

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Jul 10, 2013
  • MyrtleLouise rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Well, now I at least know what all the hullabaloo is about. Interesting, but not one I would recommend.

Couldn't get more than 50 or so pages into it. This one just wasn't for me.

Apr 17, 2013
  • joliebergman rated this: 2.5 stars out of 5.

I really wanted to like it. I had also hoped to find the characters engaging, interesting. Instead I found them irritating. I was not a fan of the overall dismissivness of poor behavior. I did not finish the book. Although, perhaps someday I will. Today is not it.

Mar 25, 2013
  • MCinnamon rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Wow, I can't believe I put off reading this book for so long. I thought it was a travel book about a guy crossing the country looking for the American Dream, when in reality he finds it in everyone he meets on the way. For the main character it's depressing but if he only opened his eyes once in a while he would see it right in front of him. I loved the conscious stream of thought method that the book is written in, in other words, the fact the author was drugged up for 3 weeks and wrote this whole novel on a typewritter with no punctuation. If you enjoyed FEAR AND LOATHING IN LAS VEGAS or TRAINSPOTTING this is a book for you.

Aug 22, 2012
  • WindowGrass rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

I *hated* this book when I first read it as a teenager - no plot, no believable charaters etc.

But I tried it about 10 years later and loved it - the language is wonderful and it succeeds in being both a realistic, yet engaging portrayal of everyday events and an enduring call towards an alternative mindset...A classic for sure (though I personally prefer The Dharma Bums.)

This is a story of friendship and life on the road in late 1940’s to 1950 America.

Although the moment in time, the places they pass through and people they meet are of particular cultural significance to the story of central characters Sal and Dean, the search for the big answers, passion and excitement in life are pursuits relatable to many – no matter where we live or what decade it is.

Best read with the likes of Miles Davis, Charlie Parker or Tom Waits in the background!

Oct 31, 2011
  • RockTheBooks rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

From what I'd heard from other readers, I was under the impression that this would be the "book of all books." Unfortunately, I found myself bored and underwhelmed. I felt like this was a sort of coming of age story, but one where none of the characters actually discover themselves. A lot of lost souls aimlessly travelling around in search of what? A whole lot of nothing apparently.

May 18, 2011
  • Cdnbookworm rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

Perhaps I'm from the wrong generation (born in the early '60s) but this book didn't engage me.
I was surprised to find how much of it was not what I expected. I guess that with a classic one starts to get certain ideas about the kind of book it is and I'm not sure even where all of those preconceived ideas came from. It was less a travel book (I expected a book about America, similar perhaps to Steinbeck's Travels with Charley) and less a book about a certain group of people from a certain generation. I was surprised as well about how much non-conformist behaviour occurred priot to the sixties. Sal's parents are actually a little before my own and yet seem so much more radical. I was put off by Sal's friend Dean and his behaviour. He never really seemed to take responsibility for his actions and his treatment of the women he met was definitely demeaning.
I'm glad I read it, and it made me think about some things in a different way, but it is definitely not a favourite.

Mar 23, 2011
  • coolidgejosiah rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

My all time favorite book. It is one of the few that I have read where I am truly happy while reading, rather than just "enjoying" it. Fantastic! I am however very dissapointed that they are making a movie out of it, especially since Kristen Stewart is playing Marylou.

Film adaptation of Jack Kerouac's On the Road in production in early 2011. Directed by Walter Salles, produced by Francis Ford Coppola and stars Sam Riley (Sal Paradise), Kristen Stewart (Mary Lou) and Garrett Hedlund (Dean Moriarty).

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Feb 28, 2011
  • rUngrich rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

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