On the Road: The Original Scroll - Penguin Modern Classics (Paperback)
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On the Road: The Original Scroll - Penguin Modern Classics (Paperback)

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Paperback 416 Pages / Published: 05/06/2008
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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. This edition is transcribed from the original manuscript: hundreds of typed pages taped together by Kerouac to form a 'scroll', published word for word as it was originally composed. 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

Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
ISBN: 9780141189215
Number of pages: 416
Weight: 303 g
Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 23 mm


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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"
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"

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“Disappointing”

I couldn't get past the first 75 pages of this book. It was difficult to feel any empathy or be able to relate to the characters at all. They weren't built properly. In addition to the main characters, a lot... More

Paperback edition
15th September 2010
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“About the joys of travelling to see great friends”

Because of the sometimes seemingly disjointed way it's written and the 'stream of consciousness' style of prose favoured by the beat writers of the 50's and perfected by Kerouac (possibly... More

Paperback edition
20th September 2010
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“Hard to read”

I found this book really hard to get in to and read. The characters are not built particularly well - it's hard to feel any empathy for them. Also there are a lot of new characters constantly introduced.
It may... More

Paperback edition
15th September 2010
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