On the Road, by Jack Kerouac



The road offers a limitless journey, an endless expanse of freedom for any daring enough to live and swear by it. Jack Kerouac offers a true homage to life on the road for two young Americans living through the late 1940s beat era. From the perspective of Sal Paradise, On the Road follows the hyperactive, whirlwind nature of Dean Moriarty, a young man bent on experiencing life and all the wonders it can hold.

Written in the 1950s, On the Road is based upon Kerouac’s own experiences of long road trips across America. The novel emphasises the rise of Jazz and drug culture in America, and how the two protagonists search for a greater meaning within it. In a never ending stream of places, people and above all the journey between them with the freedom of four wheels, On the Road expresses an absolute immersion into life and all its pleasures.

Length: 281 (Penguin classics)

Overall rating: 4 stars

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Author: Jack Jakins

A recent graduate of history, now an aspiring writer and general cynicist

14 thoughts on “On the Road, by Jack Kerouac”

    1. I’ve been meaning to start a review blog for a while now! Ah, I forgot it was your favourite, believe me I certainly enjoyed it, my only qualm was I felt it became a little repetitive. In spirit I will! I’ve got a kindle loaded with novels to get through too.


      1. Yeah I can’t wait to get reading for fun again now too. Will I see you much before your travels? Need a catch up. I’m really torn about continuing with my old blog or starting a new one :/


      2. I’m back on and off through July, especially the latter half, I know its difficult, but working from an already established readership is definitely easier


      3. I think it depends on how you do it. I need to look into it but I like the idea of ditching wordpress in my url and maybe having more control. Could potentially make money on ads too if you have enough traffic


      4. That’s a good point, I think I’ll keep blogging more regularly now, and see what comes of it first though


  1. A friend of mine describes this as ‘two posh boys bunking off of life and writing a book about it and getting lauded for doing what normal working-class kids can’t do’ – or something to that effect! Thoughts? Bronte


    1. On the face of it that does appear true, clearly the two are comfortable enough to have fall backs for money throughout, however they do likewise try to embrace the simple pleasures of life largely on their own backs or by any means possible. Without giving too much away, throughout the novel the hardships of such a life are displayed, whilst a few realities are also realised as the book progresses. Admittedly I found much of the philosophical ramblings concerning life to be a bit contrived, but I think the overall message was to simply embrace and enjoy everything you can. Jack

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      1. Thanks for having a read though Bronte, I’ve just had a look over a few of your reviews, the reading list continues to grow!

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