On the Road - Jack Kerouac

On the Road

By Jack Kerouac

  • Release Date: 1976-12-28
  • Genre: Literary
Score: 4
From 401 Ratings


The classic novel of freedom and the search for authenticity that defined a generation

September 5th, 2017 marks the 60th anniversary of the publication of On the Road

Inspired by Jack Kerouac's adventures with Neal Cassady, On the Road tells the story of two friends whose cross-country road trips are a quest for meaning and true experience. Written with a mixture of sad-eyed naiveté and wild ambition and imbued with Kerouac's love of America, his compassion for humanity, and his sense of language as jazz, On the Road is the quintessential American vision of freedom and hope, a book that changed American literature and changed anyone who has ever picked it up.  


  • Pure nostalgia of the Western dream

    By Mariormz
    I can see how Jim Morrison was inspired by Jack Kourac, he describes the in the beat culture with characters like Dean Moriarty you can put a clear glance of what the prime intellectuals of the beat movement where all about.
  • Great

    By Laurenelizabethhh
    Book. Kerouac is a brilliant story teller if you can get past grammar & mechanics.
  • Great book, bad editing

    By Dilldeboer
    The actual book itself was really not too bad. A semi-repetitive book exploring the beat generation and the explorations of life and death (per the last names of the main characters). The editing of this book however brings my rating down a star. Horrible editing making the book, at times, impossible to read.
  • On the Road

    By WalkingonSand
    An inspirational and fun read. Perfect for those searching for an adventure.
  • Great book, lousy editing

    By Starkos8
    The story, as ever, is great. But the editing in this version is just lousy. Misspellings, missing letters and punctuation, phrases only half italicized. No good excuse when this book has been around so long and gone through so many editions.
  • Why?

    By dylan_hurricane
    Great novel. How can this electronic version cost more than the real book?
  • One of the greatest books ever

    By Msbttrswrth
    Kerouac's mastery of the written language is unbeatable. Reading this book, I felt as though I was actually traveling along with Jack on his travels through the country not just reading about them after the fact. On the Road taught me a lot; about myself, about the world, about humanity. After you read this version be sure to check out the original scroll version, it's much better in my opinion as it was unedited and as Kerouac meant it to be.