"On the Road" swings to the rhythms of 1950s underground America: jazz, sex, generosity, chill dawns and drugs. It chronicles Jack Kerouac's years travelling North America with his friend Neal Cassady. As "Sal Paradise" and "Dean Moriarty", they are the living epitome of the Beat Generation, roaming the country in a quest for self-knowledge and experience. Now recognized as a modern classic, the narrative races towards the sunset with unforgettable exuberance, poignancy and passion.
On The Road, the most famous of Jack Kerouac's works, is not only the soul of the Beat movement and literature, but one of the most important novels of the century. Like nearly all of Kerouac's writing, On The Road is thinly fictionalized autobiography, filled with a cast made of Kerouac's real life friends, lovers, and fellow travelers. Narrated by Sal Paradise, one of Kerouac's alter-egos, On the Road is a cross-country bohemian odyssey that not only influenced writing in the years since its 1957 publication but penetrated into the deepest levels of American thought and culture.