Master your Minecraft
 
 

Special Offers see all

Enter to WIN a $100 Credit

Subscribe to PowellsBooks.news
for a chance to win.
Privacy Policy

Tour our stores


    Recently Viewed clear list


    What I'm Giving | December 2, 2014

    Cary Elwes: IMG Cary Elwes: What I'm Giving



    At Powell's, we feel the holidays are the perfect time to share our love of books with those close to us. For this special blog series, we reached... Continue »

    spacer
Qualifying orders ship free.
$7.95
List price: $16.00
Used Trade Paper
Ships in 1 to 3 days
Add to Wishlist
Qty Store Section
11 Local Warehouse Literature- A to Z

On the Road

by

On the Road Cover

ISBN13: 9780140042597
ISBN10: 0140042598
Condition: Standard
All Product Details

 

Review-A-Day

"[T]he novel contains a great deal of excellent writing. Mr. Kerouac has a distinctive style, part severe simplicity, part hep-cat jargon, part baroque fireworks. He uses each of these elements with a sure touch, works innumerable combinations and contrasts with them, and never slackens the speed of his narrative, which proceeds, like Dean at the wheel, at a steady hundred and ten miles an hour." Phoebe Lou Adams, The Atlantic Monthly (read the entire Atlantic Monthly review)

Synopses & Reviews

Publisher Comments:

On the Road chronicles Jack Kerouac's years traveling the North American continent with his friend Neal Cassady, "a sideburned hero of the snowy West." As "Sal Paradise" and "Dean Moriarty," the two roam the country in a quest for self-knowledge and experience. Kerouac's love of America, his compassion for humanity, and his sense of language as jazz combine to make On the Road an inspirational work of lasting importance.

Kerouac's classic novel of freedom and longing defined what it meant to be "Beat" and has inspired every generation since its initial publication more than forty years ago.

Review:

"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

Synopsis:

On the Road chronicles Jack Kerouac's years traveling the North American continent with his friend Neal Cassady, "a sideburned hero of the snowy West." As "Sal Paradise" and "Dean Moriarty," the two roam the country in a quest for self-knowledge and experience. Kerouac's love of America, his compassion for humanity, and his sense of language as jazz combine to make On the Road an inspirational work of lasting importance.

Kerouacs classic novel of freedom and longing defined what it meant to be “Beat” and has inspired every generation since its initial publication more than fifty years ago.

Synopsis:

The novel that defined the Beat generation, this exuberant tale of two men traversing America is as fresh and fantastic as ever.

About the Author

Jack Kerouac's (1922-1969) On the Road was published in 1957, six years after its completion. It went on to become a bestseller and is considered the quintessential statement of the 1950's literary movement known as the Beat Generation. Born in Lowell, Massachusetts, Kerouac did stints at Columbia University, in the Navy and in the Merchant Marine before meeting Allen Ginsberg, William Burroughs and Neal Cassady, who would influence the rest of his life and his writing. Kerouac died in St. Petersburg, Florida at the age of forty-seven.

What Our Readers Are Saying

Add a comment for a chance to win!
Average customer rating based on 3 comments:

Sarah Donaldson, August 31, 2009 (view all comments by Sarah Donaldson)
Wonderfully vivid and real, this story gives you a true impression of the world in which it was written. I would call this The Great American Novel of the Beat Generation.
Was this comment helpful? | Yes | No
(1 of 2 readers found this comment helpful)
Puffopadrino, July 7, 2008 (view all comments by Puffopadrino)
First of, it wasn't too poetically written. It read like a diary of a nineteen year old. Secondly, this shouldn't be the go to encomium to American non-conformity that it has become. Real non-conformity and free spiritedness involve following your own belief system and being able to see the larger picture outside of the mores of your current time or place(Read "Self Reliance" by Emerson). The praised "hero" of this novel steals cars and knocks up women. How is that anything but criminal and irresponsible? Thirdly, I understand that this book and the Beat movement(along with rock'n'roll) were instrumental in removing the giant stick out of the 1950's ass. However, just because it had cultural significance doesn't mean that the work itself is automatically good. If it were possible to do a contemporary blind test of "On The Road", I think there would be more responses like my own. You gather a large group of educated and artistically leaning 20 year olds who never read the book or were familiar with it's premise. Group A reads the book as published with author and title intact. Group B reads the book with with no title, no author and name changes to the characters. I think you know how I guess Group B would rate the book.
Was this comment helpful? | Yes | No
(14 of 32 readers found this comment helpful)
kaleidoscope, July 2, 2007 (view all comments by kaleidoscope)
Reading this book is like listening to great jazz. The ups, downs, and twists in the language within the stream of consiousness style makes the trips of Sal Paradise and Dean Moriarty fascinating and beautiful. This book is a classic for a reason; it is fantastic. Pivotal to the Beat movement, and to many counter-cultures that followed, this is part of American history. There are many who say it is over-rated, but it is necessary to decide for yourself, because if you are one of those people who this book gets to, then you will be in love forever.
Was this comment helpful? | Yes | No
(15 of 26 readers found this comment helpful)
View all 3 comments

Product Details

ISBN:
9780140042597
Author:
Kerouac, Jack
Publisher:
Penguin Books
Location:
Harmondsworth, England
Subject:
General
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Fiction
Subject:
American fiction (fictional works by one author)
Subject:
Beat generation
Subject:
Beat generation -- Fiction.
Subject:
Classics
Subject:
General Fiction
Subject:
Autobiographical fiction
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Paperback / softback
Publication Date:
19761231
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
from 12
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
320
Dimensions:
7.76x5.04x.60 in. .49 lbs.
Age Level:
from 18

Other books you might like

  1. Zen and the Art of Motorcycle... Used Trade Paper $6.50
  2. Naked Lunch Used Trade Paper $4.95
  3. Breakfast at Tiffany's: And Three...
    Used Trade Paper $8.00
  4. Slaughterhouse Five Or the Childrens...
    Used Mass Market $5.50
  5. Catch-22
    Used Mass Market $4.95
  6. Invisible Man Used Mass Market $4.95

Related Subjects


Featured Titles » Literature
Featured Titles » Staff Picks
Fiction and Poetry » Literature » A to Z
Science and Mathematics » Electricity » General Electronics

On the Road Used Trade Paper
0 stars - 0 reviews
$7.95 In Stock
Product details 320 pages Penguin Books - English 9780140042597 Reviews:
"Review A Day" by , "[T]he novel contains a great deal of excellent writing. Mr. Kerouac has a distinctive style, part severe simplicity, part hep-cat jargon, part baroque fireworks. He uses each of these elements with a sure touch, works innumerable combinations and contrasts with them, and never slackens the speed of his narrative, which proceeds, like Dean at the wheel, at a steady hundred and ten miles an hour." (read the entire Atlantic Monthly review)
"Review" by , "The most beautifully executed, the clearest and the most important utterance yet made by the generation Kerouac himself named years ago as 'beat.'"
"Synopsis" by ,
On the Road chronicles Jack Kerouac's years traveling the North American continent with his friend Neal Cassady, "a sideburned hero of the snowy West." As "Sal Paradise" and "Dean Moriarty," the two roam the country in a quest for self-knowledge and experience. Kerouac's love of America, his compassion for humanity, and his sense of language as jazz combine to make On the Road an inspirational work of lasting importance.

Kerouacs classic novel of freedom and longing defined what it meant to be “Beat” and has inspired every generation since its initial publication more than fifty years ago.

"Synopsis" by , The novel that defined the Beat generation, this exuberant tale of two men traversing America is as fresh and fantastic as ever.

spacer
spacer
  • back to top

FOLLOW US ON...

     
Powell's City of Books is an independent bookstore in Portland, Oregon, that fills a whole city block with more than a million new, used, and out of print books. Shop those shelves — plus literally millions more books, DVDs, and gifts — here at Powells.com.