On the Road

On the Road

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Sal Paradise, a young innocent, joins his hero Dean Moriarty, a traveller and mystic, the living epitome of beat, on a breathless, exuberant ride back and forth across the United States. Their hedonistic search for release or fulfilment through drink, sex, drugs and jazz becomes an exploration of personal freedom, a test of the limits of the American dream.

A brilliant blend of fiction and autobiography, Jack Kerouac's exhilarating novel swings to the rhythms of 1950s underground America, racing towards the sunset with unforgettable exuberance, poignancy and autobiographical passion. One of the most influential and important novels of the 20th century, On the Road is the book that launched the beat generation and remains the bible of that literary movement.
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Product details

  • CD-Audio
  • 142 x 154 x 27mm | 204g
  • Bolinda/Audible Audio
  • Australia
  • English
  • Unabridged
  • Unabridged edition
  • 148902994X
  • 9781489029942
  • 1,873,465

About Jack Kerouac

Jack Kerouac was born in Lowell, Massachusetts in 1922. In 1947, enthused by bebop, the rebel attitude of his friend Neal Cassidy, and the throng of hobos, drug addicts and hustlers he encountered in New York, he decided to discover America and hitch-hike across the country. His writing was openly autobiographical and he developed a style he referred to as 'spontaneous prose' which he used to record the experiences of the Beat Generation. Among his many novels are On the Road, Maggie Cassidy, The Subterraneans, The Dharma Bums and Big Sur. He died in 1969. Matt Dillon is an American actor and film director.

Matt made his feature film debut in Over the Edge (1979) and established himself as a teen idol by starring in films such as My Bodyguard (1980), Tex (1982), Rumble Fish (1983) and The Outsiders (1983). From the late 1980s onward, Dillon achieved further success, starring in such films as Drugstore Cowboy (1989), Singles (1992), The Saint of Fort Washington (1993), To Die For (1995), Beautiful Girls (1996), In & Out (1997), There's Something About Mary (1998), and Wild Things (1998).

In the 2000s, he made his directing debut with City of Ghosts (2002) and went on to star in the films Crash (2004), Factotum (2005), You, Me and Dupree (2006), Nothing but the Truth (2008) and Sunlight Jr. (2013). During his career, he earned many awards and nominations including Oscar and Golden Globe nominations for his performance in Crash and a Grammy Award for Best Spoken Word Album nomination for narrating Jack Kerouac's On the Road. In 2015, he starred in FOX mini-series Wayward Pines.
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