Why Kerouac Matters

Why Kerouac Matters : The Lessons of "On the Road" (they're Not What You Think)

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Legions of youthful Americans have taken "On the Road" as a manifesto for rebellion and an inspiration to hit the road. But there is much more to the book than that. In "Why Kerouac Matters", John Leland embarks on a wry, insightful and playful discussion of the novel, arguing that it still matters because it lays out an alternative road map to growing up. Along the way, Leland overturns many misconceptions about "On the Road" as he examines the lessons that Kerouac's alter ego, Sal Paradise, absorbs and dispenses on his novelistic journey to manhood, and how those lessons - about work and money, love and sex, art and holiness - still reverberate today.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 224 pages
  • 127 x 195.58 x 17.78mm | 158.76g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Reprint
  • 0143114379
  • 9780143114376
  • 1,077,471

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?No one has written better and more intelligently about Kerouac.?
?David Gates, "Newsweek"

? An entertaining and insightful book . . . over and over Leland showed me something new, and just as important, something fun.?
?"The American Book Review" No one has written better and more intelligently about Kerouac.
David Gates, "Newsweek"
An entertaining and insightful book . . . over and over Leland showed me something new, and just as important, something fun.
"The American Book Review" aNo one has written better and more intelligently about Kerouac.a
aDavid Gates, "Newsweek"
a An entertaining and insightful book . . . over and over Leland showed me something new, and just as important, something fun.a
a"The American Book Review"
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About John Leland

John Leland is a reporter for The New York Times. He lives in New York City.
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2 7% (21)
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