Jack Kerouac - On the Road

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  • Join Jack Kerouac On the Road

    Oct 16, 2011 by JiggyJay is a Top Reviewer on Epinions in Books
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Very visual storytelling, very clearly written, Kerouac's unwavering view of travel    
    Cons: Doesn't really come to many conclusions, story slows down a lot in the second half

    Summary: Jack Kerouac's 1957 novel, On the Road, is considered a classic piece of American Literature. In high school this was required reading for many of my literature classes for good reasons--it gives a daunting perspective of unorthodox travel  ... read more

  • Amazing

    Jan 2, 2012 by
    Rated a Helpful Review
    Pros: Dean Moriarity
    Cons: Not for conservatives or those heavily opposed to drug use.

    Summary: On the Road is about four seperate trips Jack Kerouac took across the country. This book gives an inside look to the "Beat Generation," a counterculture of drug-indiced intellectuals. Under aliases, the friends of Kerouac's you meet and their ... read more

  • The Other Side Of The Fifties

    Mar 24, 2007 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Spontaneous writing, beautiful imagery, unconventional plot.
    Cons: Can be long winded, slow in some places.

    Summary: The first time I read Jack Kerouac's On The Road was my freshman year in college. I read his poetry the year before, but this book wasn't like any other book I ever read before. I once had a friend say to me that On The Road is just a pointless book ... read more

  • The Book that Defined a Generation: Jack Kerouac's On the Road

    Jan 15, 2007 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: the spontaneity, the free flowing writing style, etc.
    Cons: at times can be long-winded.

    Summary: On the Road is one of those books that reminds us of how uptight and conventional our society is today. We all get stuck in the same routine, day after day, year after year. We all get the urge to escape from our habitual, ordinary lives, but ... read more

  • On the Road to nowhere

    Sep 11, 2004 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: well written
    Cons: sexist, pointless, irritating characters

    Summary: The characters in On the Road feel they must travel across America having numerous adventures in order to prove to themselves that they are alive. In the midst of confusion, chaos and merriment, Sal and Dean believe they will be enlightened about the ... read more

  • The perfect Beat-era novel

    Aug 3, 2004 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Keroauc's lucid descriptions, interesting writing style, makes you want to get out and travel
    Cons: Keroauc's writing style is not for everyone

    Summary: Simply put,On the Road is a life changing book. It will instill in you a lust for travel, adventure, and life that cannot be matched by any other book of its kind. Story Overview: Jack Kerouac wrote all 300+ pages of On the Road in a torrent of ... read more

  • Move Over Happy Days

    Mar 31, 2002 by
    Rated a Helpful Review
    Pros: Good look at counterculture of the 1950s
    Cons: A bit dense to get through at times

    Summary: "On The Road" by Jack Kerouac is an interesting book which follows the travels of two men over a number of years as they travel from coast to coast a number of different times. The book is a great glimpse into what was the "Beat Generation" of ... read more

  • Changed My Life

    Aug 14, 2001 by
    Rated a Helpful Review
    Pros: Engaging, sad, funny, challenging, metaphoric
    Cons: Absolutely None

    Summary: This is the book that did it for me, that threw me into the world of literature and cemented in me the idea that I wanted to be a writer, such a complex and beautiful work really defies description, it works as a metaphor for searching for truth, it's a ... read more

  • On "On the Road"

    Jun 28, 2001 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: good adventure story
    Cons: negative depictions of women (though its somewhat forgiveable considering the era)

    Summary: I just finished this book today for the first time. Its fresh in my mind. In fact, this review may be somewhat in the mindset/ writing style of Kerouac. In some ways its exactly what I expected, but in others it wasn't at all. Its interesting ... read more

  • Kerouac's Road Less Traveled

    Apr 19, 2001 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Fantastic literary word usage.
    Cons: Written in the 1950's with a 50's attitude of male superiority, sure.

    Summary: The problem is not why you should read "On the Road" but why High Schools do not require you to read "On the Road". The question is not, "Is the book good?" but "Will I completely understand the plot?". Anyway, enough questions. If you read ... read more

  • A pointless book, but that's the point.

    Jan 3, 2001 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Memorable writing style, "Big Picture" message described in little actions
    Cons: Slow read, frustratingly meandering plot at times, unlikable characters

    Summary: "On the Road" is a bit of an enigma to me. It doesn't have a recognizable plot, the characters are not likeable, and the ending is not satisfying. Most of my friend who have read it have not liked it a bit, and they generally have pretty good taste. I ... read more

  • The Gateway Into Beat Literature

    Dec 28, 2000 by
    Rated a Helpful Review
    Pros: wonderful.
    Cons: sometimes descriptions become lengthy.

    Summary: On the Road is a staple of Beat literature. Kerouac is witty and amazing in his description of post-war America. His words made me want to steal a car (a common act of the character Dean Moriatry) and just head straight for San Fransisco. He portrays a ... read more

  • Come on, take a trip with me.

    Dec 19, 2000 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Insightful, entertaining, smooth flow
    Cons: A bit abstract at times

    Summary: On the Road was another book that I had heard reference to many times in conversation and songs over the course of time before I actually got around to reading it. On the Road was written during/about the "Beat Generation". Kerouac ... read more

  • The Ghost of Kerouac

    Nov 30, 2000 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: exact picture of the lust for life
    Cons: none

    Summary: I saw a hitch hiker on 35-E last month. You see them once in a while in the Cities. He glided along on the shoulder, seemingly unnoticed by other drivers. It was an appropriate thing to see because I had just finished reading one of my ... read more

  • what a book!

    Aug 26, 2000 by
    Rated a Helpful Review
    Pros: the great american epic--and punk as f*ck
    Cons: not for everyone

    Summary: I have read this book many times, first as a required reading for a high school class, than again and again for the simple pleasure of reading Jack Kerouac. One of the things i really like about the book is its length, and the way it almost ... read more

  • Opened My Mind to the Road...

    Jul 20, 2000 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Great Read
    Cons: Style can not work for some readers

    Summary: Kerouac was introduced to me in a small classroom in an old building of a private school in Western Massachusetts by an eccentric poet/teacher. He was a huge fan of the writer and had recommended Kerouac's work to me because he believed it would allow ... read more

  • Don't Bother with On the Road or Kerouac

    Jun 15, 2000 by
    Rated a Helpful Review
    Pros: Hymns to American Landscape
    Cons: Plot, Character Development, Social Irresponsibility

    Summary: On the Road repeats a cycle of events about 4 times. Guy is bored and lonely, guy takes a trip, guy meets a lot of like-minded types who take drugs and drive cars recklessly and over long distances in order to get their "kicks" and refute ... read more

  • The infamous Great American Novel?

    Jun 3, 2000 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Kerouac writes beautifully human characters. You can't read this novel without picking out a Sal or Dean from the people you know.
    Cons: That the American educational system has not made this required reading for everyone.

    Summary: It is a bit pretentious of me to think that I could possibly review one of, if not the greatest works of the last century. However, I was once in the University of Missouri school of journalism, where pretension is of course not a word but a way of ... read more

  • Better Every Time!

    May 24, 2000 by
    Rated a Helpful Review
    Pros: Good, quick read, easy to follow
    Cons: One has to be ready to read it.

    Summary: I have read "On the Road" almost a million times (okay, not that many). With each and every read it gets better and better. "On the Road" is that book that everyone tells you to read adn you know it's there but until my ... read more

  • Getting "On the Road"

    Apr 25, 2000 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: An historical account of the birth of a generation.
    Cons: Time to get used to Kerouac's writing style.

    Summary: How to begin a review of, in my opinion, one of the maddest, extraordinary novels written in the past 50 years, is, now that I think of it, not a hard task at all. A quick biographical reference and we'll be on our way. Jack Kerouac is the man to pen a ... read more

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