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Paradise Road: Jack Kerouac's Lost Highway and My Search for America

3.24  ·  Rating details ·  37 ratings  ·  7 reviews
Noted writer Jay Atkinson recreates Jack Kerouac's legendary On the Road journeys in contemporary North AmericaJack Kerouac's iconic 1950s novel On the Road is a Beat Generation classic, chronicling the adventures and misadventures of Kerouac's travels crisscrossing North America with   Neal Cassady, William Burroughs, Allen Ginsberg, and other colorful companions. Now gif ...more
Hardcover, 272 pages
Published March 1st 2010 by Wiley (first published 2010)
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S.G. Collins
Jan 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
Jay's real life storytelling style is quite engaging, I think.
Jen
Sep 04, 2015 rated it really liked it
Wanderlust. It can take you to some interesting places, both figuratively and literally, physically and mentally. Paradise Road: Jack Kerouac's Lost Highway and My Search for America by Jay Atkinson chronicles Atkinson's trip across the United States, mirroring the trip that Kerouac took and used in writing his now-classic Beat Generation novel On the Road.

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Jon
Dec 06, 2010 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Atkinson sets out to retrace, with three buddies, Jack Kerouac’s famous high-speed, anything-goes, blasts across America. And then write about it. The problem is, by cribbing off Kerouac Atkinson sets himself up to screw-up. His New Agey self-absorption, pedestrian writing and humdrum observations (Bob Dylan’s off-mic comment at an outdoor concert that mosquitoes make it “pretty buggy up here” causes Atkinson to realize that “once again, the great troubadour … had summarized and capitalized the ...more
Jay
Sep 24, 2010 rated it it was ok
Shelves: travel
The book was a gift due to the coincidence of the author and I sharing the same name as well as both travelling across the country.

Unfortunately, I was tremendously disappointed by this book and the writing. It seemed to lack much substance about drawing out Jack Kerouac's work or comparisons between Kerouac's America and America of today. The author and his story lacked consistency and a narrative thread that tied the book together and the separate trips he took. This book felt self-indulgent
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Jenny Gendel
Dec 27, 2010 rated it it was ok
Shelves: travel-narrative
I think I would have appriciated the book more if I had actually read Jack Kerouac's On the Road. But since I haven't read any of Kerouac's works something is missing from my understanding and possibly my enjoyment of Jay Atkinson's book. I might eventually come back to it and try it again. Possibly if I ever pick up On the Road.
Katie
May 16, 2012 rated it really liked it
I haven't read Kerouac (yet), but enjoyed Atkinson's book very much. A quick easy read that chronicles a good road trip. Who can't relate to a road trip with a purpose?
David Sweet
A surprising number of errors in this book.
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