On the Road (Duluoz Legend)
On the Road chronicles Jack Kerouac's years traveling the North American continent with his friend Neal Cassady, "a sideburned hero of the snowy West." As "Sal Paradise" and "Dean Moriarty," the two roam the country in a quest for self-knowledge and experience. Kerouac's love of America, his compassion for humanity, and his sense of language as jazz combine to make On the...more
I deeply cherish but don't know that I fully agree with Truman Capote's assessment: that _On the Road_ "is not writing at all -- it's typing."
Lovely, Turman, but let's be clear: typing by itself is fairly innocuous -- thi...more
OTR has received some negative reviews lately, so I thought I would try to explain my rating.
This novel deserves to lounge around in a five star hotel rather than languish in a lone star saloon.
Please forgive my review. It is early morning and I have just woken up with a sore head, an empty bed and a full bladder.
Let me begin with a confession that dearly wants to become an assertion.
I probably read this book before most of you were born.
When I first read this book, I loved it as a piece of art, but its effect on me was different than I expected. So many people hail Kerouac as the artist who made them quit their jobs and go to the road, become a hippie or a beat and give up the rest. When I read it though, I had been completely obsessed with hippie culture for a long time, and it caused me to steer away from it for a whil...more
-It's a hymn to wild rides, all-night conversations with strangers, lunacy, letting life happen, and getting out of your life and experiencing the world.
-The energetic, random, bursting-with-possibility, jazz-inspired prose. I listened to the audiobook version, and the narrator affected an "oh wowwww maaaan" hippie accent that really added to it as well.
-The way it seems to invite you in, calling to your sense of adventure in some nonspecific way.
Things I didn't...more
This is the book which has glared at me from its high pedestal of classical importance in an effort to browbeat me into finally finishing it.
And this is that book which has shamed me into feigning an air of ignorance every time I browsed any of the countless 1001-books-to-read-before-you-die lists.
Yes Jack Kerouac, you have tormented me for the past 3 years and every day I couldn't summon the strength to open another page o...more
The characters of Sal Paradise and Dean Moriarty in Jack Kerouac's On the Road are 20th Century equivalents of Huck Finn and Tom Sawyer: boys having joyous American adventures. Sal and Dean trip (in more ways than one) back and forth from the east coast to the west, and down south even as far as Mexico, always looking to get their kicks. It's a free-...more
"Sulla strada" è un romanzo che andrebbe letto tutto d'un fiato, tutto in una volta. È un romanzo che non lascia il tempo di respirare, il tempo di fermarsi e mettersi a pensare che razza di vista si sta facendo. Anche i momenti di apparente calma sono falsi, illusioni. Sembra che si sia tro...more
This story was lived in real time by Jack Kerouac named as Sal in thi...more
Sure, they are jerks and they are bums and they are full of a lot of BS but as the book progresses, it becomes clear that they know it. These guys are also WW2 vets, and very dissimilar to the hippies who follow them, they do not have any anti-American or anti-establishment feelings. Also, they show a deep remorse and guilt...more
Kerouac took over from Steinbeck as the guy I had to read everything by when I was a young person. Steinbeck himself took over from Ray Bradbury. All three American males with a sentimental streak as wide as the Rio Grande.
Whole thing nearly turned me into a weepy hitchhiker who plays saxophone while he waits for a ride, then gets abducted by aliens who are these very kind blue glo...more
As literary art, stylistically, the book is pretty bad. The analogies to bebop or even free jazz are misguided. That improvisation was by talented musicians,...more
Kerouac scrisse questo libro in tre settimane.
Quasi quasi ci mettevo più tempo io a leggerlo, che lui a scriverlo.
E niente, ho sbagliato momento.
Questo libro avrei dovuto leggerlo una quindicina di anni fa, quando ancora potevo leggerlo solo di pancia.
Adesso apprezzarlo del tutto mi riesce praticamente impossibile.
Sono ancora convintissima che Kerouac sia uno che va al sodo. Adoro la sua capacità di descrivere un’intera scena con quattro pennellate che a te sembrano distratte e b...more
A me piacciono troppe cose e io mi ritrovo sempre confuso e impegolato a correre da una stella cadente all'altra finché non precipito. Questa è la notte e quel che ti combina. Non avevo niente da offrire a nessuno eccetto la mia stessa confusione.
Bene, chiariamoci sin da subito: questo libro mi ha molto delusa. Non mi ha coinvolta, né entusiasmata e neppure minimamente interessata come mi aspettavo avrebbe fatto. Mi sento un po' presa in giro, ecco. Aspettavo con trepidazione l'attimo in cui avr...more
"Twenty years ago, like so many slack 17-year-olds before and since, I devoured “On the Road” and it devoured me. The pages of my copy were dog-eared, -nosed and -throated, and I was beholden to the book in ways I can’t quite believe now. Did I really go for midnight drives down by the ruined flour mills with the tape deck blaring Dexter Gordon? Did I really attend a high school costume...more
-Highly autobiographical - Kerouac even used the names in his original "scroll" (he taped many sheets of paper together so that he would not have to change sheets while typing the novel, and he wrote this in three weeks) before changing them for publication.
-'The' book of the Beat Generation, a term that Kerouac himself brought to the public consciousness after hearing a New York street hustler use it to describe the 'go go' tempo of a certain set of that generation. Other Beat writers:...more
I was in school at the Merchant Marine Academy. I was nineteen years old; a Georgia boy. I had no business being there. The deal at the academy is that you do six months of your Sophomore year and six months of your Junior years at sea. At least that’s how it used to be. I hear they are on trimesters now. Who knows? Anyway, it was this sea year that attracted me to the school in the first place.
So I’m nineteen, heavy boozer, balls to the walls so to speak. I was coming unhinged having to deal wi...more
I was kind of getting into it. I could see...more
Leggere "On the road" è come viaggiare negli Usa, in compagnia di Sal e Dean e tutta la banda, su una Cadillac scassata o una vecchia Ford del '37; un viaggio intenso e intriso di emozioni, tra deserti, cieli rossi e viola, lunghi e placidi fiumi che trasportano i tronchi, città fumose e caotiche e umide paludi; e ancora, viaggiare tra Oceano e Oceano, col sole e con la neve - chissenefrega -, passando per le immense pianure regno d...more
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İlk olarak şunu belirtmeliyim ki, bu kitap kesinlikle beklediğim gibi değildi. Overrated bir hipster kitabı bekliyordum. Hipster kısmı tuttu ama kesinlikle overrated olduğunu söyleyemem. Biraz kıyaslama yapma fırsatı bulduğum için belirteyim, benim de oku...more
This time round (more than fifteen years on)I enjoyed it more for the colourful style of writing and use of language which marked it as a book that defined a generation. I also realised that despite his skill as a writer, Kerouac and chu...more
This book makes me feel like the most conservative Republican and I couldn't be more liberal. I want to yell at just about every one in this book, especially Dean. Man, he gets on my nerves.
It's mostly the soullessness of these people that grates me. The fact that even traveling on the road together does nothing to change them, nothing to shape them. Drugs and irresponsible sex dull their senses and appreciation for other people...more
Kerouac's work was popular, but received little critical acclaim during his lifetime. Today, he is considered an important and influential writer who inspired others, including Tom Robbins, Lester Bang...more