Sean O’Hagan on Jack Kerouac’s dazzling novel On the Road | Books | The Observer

Sean O’Hagan on Jack Kerouac’s dazzling novel On the Road | Books | The Observer. (5th August 2007)

America’s first king of the road

Fifty years ago Jack Kerouac’s dazzling novel On the Road became the blueprint for the Beat generation and shaped America’s youth culture for decades. It influenced scores of artists, musicians and film-makers, but how does it resonate with young people today?

He said ‘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 Roman candles exploding like spiders across the stars.’ (From On the Road)

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‘Sending countless kids on the road’ … Jack Kerouac
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