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On the Road

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Most Helpful Favorable Review

5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

Voice of an Era

The most useful purpose On the Road serves is not as a great character exploration - which it is - or as a wild adventure story - which it isn't - but as for better understanding a generation of people inspired by it. In some ways, it's a book about nothing, a book abo...
The most useful purpose On the Road serves is not as a great character exploration - which it is - or as a wild adventure story - which it isn't - but as for better understanding a generation of people inspired by it. In some ways, it's a book about nothing, a book about drifting... which sometimes makes for an aimless narrative, but does capture the way so many have wandered after.

The most appropriate thing about this nook version is that you can take Kerouac's classic on the road with you:)

posted by GeorgyPorgy on March 12, 2011

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Most Helpful Critical Review

16 out of 24 people found this review helpful.

What's all the hype about?

Okay, Kerouac was a talented writer. That is plain to see, and anybody who doesn't see it I feel sorry for. And while On the Road was an enjoyable read, one that I don't regret nor ever will, I still can't help but feel disapointed. This was supposed to be meaningful...
Okay, Kerouac was a talented writer. That is plain to see, and anybody who doesn't see it I feel sorry for. And while On the Road was an enjoyable read, one that I don't regret nor ever will, I still can't help but feel disapointed. This was supposed to be meaningful...where is the meaning? Generally, I'm better than most people at finding allegories within works of fiction, being a nit-picky satirist myself. I can give you symbolism for every event in Vonnegut's Cat's Cradle. I can give you the moral, philosophical points of Burgess' A Clockwork Orange. I can decode the works of Burroughs. But 'On the Road' left me feeling like it was pointless...a good, enjoyable read, but...pointless. So here's my advice: Read the book, don't believe the hype. Enjoy the story, but don't expect it to be life-changing, intellectually charged, and allegorically moral, like so many fans want you to believe.

posted by Anonymous on October 2, 2004

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 23, 2013

    Kerouac was a fraud

    That's the real truth of it. Most of it was made up out of air whilst Kerouac lived in him mother's basement.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 16, 2013

    Painfully boring

    Only finished it because the prof made me. Recycled it once the class was done.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 15, 2013

    Age!

    What age do you have to be able to read this book ( please somebody tell me ) and i want too see this movie

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 8, 2013

    Hate it

    I hate this book! Still can't understand why its a big deal.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 5, 2011

    Dont buy it is a rip off

    Wasted my money

    0 out of 12 people found this review helpful.

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