On the Road

Kerouac, Jack
Penguin Books

The classic novel of freedom and the search for authenticity that defined a generationmade into a 2012 film by Walter Salles, director ofThe Motorcycle DiariesSeptember 5th, 2017 marks the 60th anniversary.

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of the publication ofOn the RoadInspired by Jack Kerouac's adventures with Neal Cassady,On the Roadtells the story of two friends whose cross-country road trips are a quest for meaning and true experience. Written with a mixture of sad-eyed naivet and wild ambition and imbued with Kerouac's love of America, his compassion for humanity, and his sense of language as jazz,On the Roadis the quintessential American vision of freedom and hope, a book that changed American literature and changed anyone who has ever picked it up. The movie adaptation featured a cast of some of Hollywood's biggest stars, including Kristen Stewart (The Twilight Saga), Sam Riley, GarrettHedlund, Kirsten Dunst, Amy Adams (Julie & Julia, The Fighter), Tom Sturridge, and Viggo Mortensen (the Lord of the Rings trilogy, The Road).