On the Road, by Jack Kerouac

 

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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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