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Publication Date: 24/02/2000 ISBN: 9780141182674 Category:

On the Road

Jack Kerouac, Ann Charters

Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
Publication Date: 24/02/2000 ISBN: 9780141182674 Category:
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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 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.

‘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

Publisher Review

"Life is great, and few can put the zest and wonder and sadness and humor of it on paper more interestingly than Kerouac." --San Francisco Chronicle Life is great, and few can put the zest and wonder and sadness and humor of it on paper more interestingly than Kerouac. San Francisco Chronicle" ? A dazzling piece of writing for all of its rough edges, stripped of affectations that in the novel can sometimes verge on bathos . . . It seems much more immediate and contemporary.? ?Luc Sante, " New York Times Book Review" A dazzling piece of writing for all of its rough edges, stripped of affectations that in the novel can sometimes verge on bathos . . . It seems much more immediate and contemporary. Luc Sante, " New York Times Book Review" a A dazzling piece of writing for all of its rough edges, stripped of affectations that in the novel can sometimes verge on bathos . . . It seems much more immediate and contemporary.a aLuc Sante," New York Times Book Review"

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