On the Road by Jack Kerouac
Reviewed by Phoebe Lou Adams
The Atlantic Monthly
[Ed. Note. This review first ran in the Atlantic Monthly, October 1957.]
"Jack Kerouac's second novel, On the Road, concerns the adventures of the narrator, Sal Paradise, a war veteran who is studying on the G.I. bill and writing a book between drinks, and his younger friend, Dean Moriarty late of reform school. Neither of these boys can sit still. They race back and forth from New York to San Francisco, they charge from one party to another, they tour jazz joints, and Dean complicates the pattern by continually getting married. At odd moments they devote a little thought to finding Dean's father, a confirmed drunk who is presumably bumming around somewhere west of the Mississippi...." Read the entire Atlantic Monthly review.