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"And there was Dean in Denver. In San Francisco and New York. And Mexico. Riding the rails, hitching lifts, driving borrowed cars at a crazy hundred miles per hour. An unholy innocent abroad. Wild parties, girls, drink, drugs. Uncertainty, loneliness and dreams synthesized by bop. The beats roam America with irrepressible abandon. The narrator, Sal Paradise. His fabulous hero, Dean Moriarty. Problems, wives, problems, stars, longings, sadness and love…"

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On The Road, by Jack Kerouac. Published by The Penguin Group, New York. Copyright Jack Kerouac 1955, 1957. Paperback, 307 pages. 7-3/4" x 5-1/8" x 1/2". Very good used condition, with slight indentations on the top right corner of the cover.

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If you haven't read On The Road, you should. If you have perused these pages, now is a great time to do it again. I keep an old, beat copy of JK's most famous tale on my nightstand and pull a marathon Road session annually. With every pass I find something new; with each investigation I learn more about myself. This is a story about companionship, fleeting romance, endless kicks, spontaneous travel and finding one's identity. There are victories and defeats. Starvation and fulfillment. Moments of pure clarity and dreamy binge sequences. If nothing else, this book can serve as an escape from modern life… taking you back to a time when fancy technology didn't exist, people were kind and trusting, and anything was possible.

On The Road caused a stir in America, resulting the in so-called Rucksack Revolution of the late Fifties. The book is a good part of the reason why so many young Americans left home at an early age and traversed the country by car, bus, train and thumb. I'm not suggesting that you quit your job and start hitchhiking across the sphere, but I do believe that you should investigate this wonderful book and think differently for a stretch. And now my favorite passage -

"So in America when the sun goes down and I sit on the old broken-down river pier watching the long, long skies over New Jersey and sense all that raw land that rolls in one unbelievable huge bulge over to the West Coast, and all that road going, all the people dreaming in the immensity of it, and in Iowa I know by now the children must be crying in the land where they let the children cry, and tonight the stars'll be out, and don't you know that God is Pooh Bear? the evening star must be drooping and shedding her sparkler dims on the prairie, which is just before the coming of complete night that blesses the earth, darkens all rivers, cups the peaks and folds the final shore in, and nobody, nobody knows what's going to happen to anybody besides the forlorn rags of growing old, I think of Dean Moriarty, I even think of Old Dean Moriarty the father we never found, I think of Dean Moriarty."

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Thanks for looking, and have a beautiful day.

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PS - If you live outside of the United States, please contact me for an accurate shipping quote to your address. I prefer to calculate precise costs versus a generalized estimate for a broad region of the World. Thanks for your consideration & understanding.

PSS - Additional titles by Kerouac, Ferlinghetti, Ginsberg and other Beat Generation notables are available. Feel free to inquire.

On the Road by Jack Kerouac


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