‘On the road’ A book by Jack Kerouac American writer Jack Kerouac wrote a novel based on his travels across America with his friends. It was first published in 1957. On the road is said to be part of the ‘Beat Generation’, which is a group of American post World War II writers formed in the 1950’s. They document their life in the surroundings of jazz, poetry and drug use. In ‘On the road’ the characters involved are based on Kerouac’s real life friends who form the core of the ‘Beat Generation’ theirs names Allen Ginsberg and William Burroughs. On the road is Jack Kerouac’s fierce personal quest for meaning and belonging to find himself. With all the conflict and contradiction in the world ‘Beat Generation’ were formed to find a way through and make sense of the world. It represents freedom and defines what it is meant to be ‘beat’. In the first section of ‘On the road’ you are introduced to almost all of the characters and it is the central part for conflicts and dilemmas. Each personality is unique all with different outlooks on life, teaching their meanings and life stories. ‘With the coming of Dean Moriarty began the part of my life you could call my life on the road’.
“the only people for me are the mad ones, the ones who are mad to live, mad to talk, mad to be saved, desirous of everything at the same time, the ones who never yawn or say a commonplace thing, but burn, burn, burn like fabulous yellow roman candles exploding like spiders across the stars.” ― Jack Kerouac, On the Road “Nothing behind me, everything ahead of me, as is ever so on the road.” ― Jack Kerouac, On the Road “There was nowhere to go but everywhere, so just keep on rolling under the stars.” ― Jack Kerouac, On the Road: The Original Scroll “What is that feeling when you’re driving away from people and they recede on the plain till you see their specks dispersing? – it’s the too-huge world vaulting us, and it’s good-bye. But we lean forward to the next crazy venture beneath the skies.” ― Jack Kerouac, On the Road “My whole wretched life swam before my weary eyes, and I realized no matter what you do it’s bound to be a waste of time in the end so you might as well go mad.” ― Jack Kerouac, On the Road: The Original Scroll “They have worries, they’re counting the miles, they’re thinking about where to sleep tonight, how much money for gas, the weather, how they’ll get there – and all the time they’ll get there anyway, you see.” ― Jack Kerouac, On the Road: The Original Scroll