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On the Road, The Dharma Bums, The Subterraneans

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Three Jack Kerouac books in one volume. Including On the Road, The Dharma Bums, and The Subterraneans.
Paperback, 599 pages
Published 1993 by Quality Paperback Book Club
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Mar 14, 2017 rated it liked it
Read this a long time ago, should probably read it again. I've read other Kerouac books and stories they seem to me to capture a life searching for something but embracing the moment as well.
Nov 25, 2013 rated it it was ok
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Well, now I know what the "Beat generation" was all about. A bunch of egomaniacs that spent all their time trying to impress others with their "intellectual, creative weirdism" literature that we sould all try to figure out the deep meanings of. They were all high on chemicals, or deeply depressed (on other chemicals). For me, On the Road was a poetic study of a bunch of bums who had no respect for women or even themselves, who go back and forth from New York to California searching for somethin ...more
Jan 24, 2008 rated it liked it
It's Kerouac, so it's classic, but that doesn't mean its not easy to get through. This collection of 3 stories took me a good month, and usually i'm a very fast reader. The overall effect of each story is worth it, it's just the getting there that's questionable. For me at least. Love the freedom and going on your whims. Almost makes me wnat to just take off... key word being almost.
Nov 21, 2010 rated it liked it
I've heard about these books for years and know about the Beats but have never actually read any Kerouac until now. I definitely think if I had read these books 10 years ago that I would have really loved them. I could definitely appreciate "On the Road" and "The Subterraneans" but I had a hard time getting into "The Dharma Bums." Glad that I finally read Kerouac, though.
Kate Tobiczyk
Sep 05, 2007 rated it it was amazing
my teen years in a nut shell
Jun 04, 2008 marked it as to-read
Kerouac is always a pleasure. I love Japhy Ryder! I still have the Subterraneans to read.
Jun 14, 2012 rated it it was amazing
loved them all.
Apr 24, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Poor Dean!

These crazy cats! so funny!
Aug 13, 2012 rated it really liked it
This one too :-)
Jessica Zu
Dec 26, 2011 rated it did not like it
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Equally bad as "Eat Pray Love". Pretty much juvenile hullucinators playing with fancy foreign stuff. Not too different from Kipling's Kim. Orientalism seems to last forever.
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Jack Kerouac was born Jean-Louis Lebris de Kerouac on March 12, 1922, in Lowell, Massachusetts. Jack Kerouac's writing career began in the 1940s, but didn't meet with commercial success until 1957, when On the Road was published. The book became an American classic that defined the Beat Generation. Kerouac died on October 21, 1969, from an abdominal hemorrhage, at age 47.

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“This was really the way my whole road experience began, and the things that were to come are too fantastic not to tell.” 17 likes
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