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Jack Kerouac (1922–1969)

Autor(a) de On the Road

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About the Author

Jack Kerouac was born in Lowell, Massachusetts, in 1922. His first novel, The Town and the City, was published in 1950. He considered all of his "true story novels," including On the Road, to be chapters of "one vast book," his autobiographical Legend of Duluoz. He died in St. Petersburg, Florida, mostrar mais in 1969 at the age of forty-seven. (Publisher Provided) mostrar menos
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Obras por Jack Kerouac

On the Road (1957) 27,776 exemplares
The Dharma Bums (1958) 7,323 exemplares
Big Sur (1963) 2,753 exemplares
On the Road : The Original Scroll (2007) 2,230 exemplares
The Subterraneans (1958) 2,208 exemplares
Desolation Angels (1965) 2,034 exemplares
Lonesome Traveler (1960) 1,181 exemplares
Visions of Cody (1972) 1,083 exemplares
Dr. Sax (1959) 839 exemplares
The Town and the City (1950) 828 exemplares
Maggie Cassidy (1959) 825 exemplares
Tristessa (1960) 797 exemplares
Mexico City Blues: 242 Choruses (1959) — Autor — 721 exemplares
Visions of Gerard (1963) 581 exemplares
Book of Dreams (1961) — Autor — 460 exemplares
Pomes All Sizes (1992) 427 exemplares
Kerouac: Road Novels 1957-1960 (2007) 416 exemplares
Satori in Paris / Pic (1986) 370 exemplares
Some of the Dharma (1954) 365 exemplares
Satori in Paris (1966) 354 exemplares
Book of Blues (1995) 328 exemplares
Book of Haikus (2003) 300 exemplares
San Francisco Blues (1995) 275 exemplares
Orpheus Emerged (1703) 270 exemplares
Wake Up: A Life of the Buddha (2008) 257 exemplares
The Subterraneans / Pic (1959) 244 exemplares
Book of Sketches (Poets, Penguin) (2006) 220 exemplares
Good Blonde (1993) 192 exemplares
Pic (1971) 160 exemplares
Heaven and Other Poems (1977) — Autor — 152 exemplares
Beat Generation (1957) 139 exemplares
Old Angel Midnight (1973) 138 exemplares
Collected poems (2012) 120 exemplares
Trip Trap (1600) — Contribuidor — 71 exemplares
Pull My Daisy (1961) 37 exemplares
The Jack Kerouac Collection (1990) 28 exemplares
'Beat' Poets (1961) — Contribuidor — 24 exemplares
Romanzi (2001) 20 exemplares
La vie est d'hommage (2016) 12 exemplares
Neal e i tre Stooges (1993) 11 exemplares
On the Road and Other Stories (2003) 11 exemplares
Poetry for the Beat Generation (2008) 8 exemplares
Ruhm tötet alles: Die Briefe (2012) 6 exemplares
Poèmes (1976) 6 exemplares
Kerouac: Kicks Joy Darkness (2010) 6 exemplares
Blues and Haikus (2008) 5 exemplares
Rimbaud (1970) 5 exemplares
Desolation blues y otros poemas (2000) 5 exemplares
Underwood Memories (2006) 3 exemplares
Manhattan Sketches (1987) 3 exemplares
Excerpts from Visions of Cody (1959) 3 exemplares
Mój brat ocean (2013) 3 exemplares
Pull My Daisy [1959 film] (1959) — Narrador — 3 exemplares
Two early stories (1973) 3 exemplares
Eenzame reiziger (2022) 3 exemplares
L'océan est mon frère (2022) 3 exemplares
On the Road: Text and Criticism (1979) 3 exemplares
Joual (1984) 3 exemplares
Correspondance: (1944-1969) (2014) — Autor — 2 exemplares
Listy (2012) 2 exemplares
Two Christmas Stories 2 exemplares
The Mexican Girl 2 exemplares
The Northport Haikus 2 exemplares
Podzemníci & Tristessa (2006) 2 exemplares
Kerouac 2 exemplares
Sur le chemin (2023) 1 exemplar
Sur la route 1 exemplar
On the Road with On the Road (2022) 1 exemplar
il dottor sax 1 exemplar
Il mare è mio fratello (2012) 1 exemplar
Satori in Parijs (2023) 1 exemplar
V doroge : roman ( ) (2000) 1 exemplar
Poeti del mondo 1 exemplar
NE UDHE 1 exemplar
Baseball 1 exemplar
Engel der Trübsal 1 exemplar
Il libro degli schizzi (2018) 1 exemplar
Poesie 1 exemplar
Jack Kerouac (1970) 1 exemplar
Mexico City blues II (1993) 1 exemplar
A Pun for Al Gelpi 1 exemplar
4 Haikus 1 exemplar
Refrain 1 exemplar
Trên đường 1 exemplar
Home At Christmas 1 exemplar
Kniha haiku (2019) 1 exemplar
Une Veille De Noel 1 exemplar
MEXICO CITY BLUES.TOME 1. (1979) 1 exemplar

Associated Works

The Portable Beat Reader (Viking Portable Library) (1992) — Contribuidor — 1,460 exemplares
The Americans (1958) — Introdução — 941 exemplares
The Outlaw Bible of American Poetry (1999) — Contribuidor — 591 exemplares
City Lights Pocket Poets Anthology (1995) — Contribuidor — 350 exemplares
The New American Poetry 1945-1960 (1960) — Contribuidor — 317 exemplares
Americans in Paris: A Literary Anthology (2004) — Contribuidor — 297 exemplares
New York Stories (Everyman's Pocket Classics) (2011) — Contribuidor, algumas edições152 exemplares
Still Wild: Short Fiction of the American West 1950 to the Present (2000) — Contribuidor — 135 exemplares
The Norton Book of Travel (1987) — Contribuidor — 110 exemplares
Soul: An Archaeology--Readings from Socrates to Ray Charles (1994) — Contribuidor — 101 exemplares
The Cool School: Writing from America's Hip Underground (2013) — Contribuidor — 79 exemplares
The Oxford Book of Travel Stories (1996) — Contribuidor — 74 exemplares
200 Years of Great American Short Stories (1975) — Contribuidor — 68 exemplares
The Heath Anthology of American Literature, Concise Edition (2003) — Contribuidor — 68 exemplares
The Beats (1960) — Autor, algumas edições62 exemplares
New American Story (1962) — Contribuidor — 48 exemplares
On the Road (2018) — Original book — 30 exemplares
The Bedside Playboy (1963) — Contribuidor — 23 exemplares
The Beat Scene: Photographs by Burt Glinn (2018) — Autor — 18 exemplares
Big Table 1 (1959) — Contribuidor — 18 exemplares
Kerouac At Bat: Fantasy Sports and the King of the Beats. (2009) — Contribuidor — 17 exemplares
My Brother Larry : The Stooge in the Middle (1984) — Appendix — 17 exemplares
The Best American Short Stories 1956 (1956) — Contribuidor — 17 exemplares
Constructing Nature: Readings from the American Experience (1996) — Contribuidor — 17 exemplares
The Playboy Book of Short Stories (1995) — Contribuidor — 11 exemplares
A New Directions reader — Contribuidor — 11 exemplares
Gringos in Mexico: An Anthology (1988) — Contribuidor — 10 exemplares
The Paris Review 43 1968 Summer (1968) — Contribuidor — 9 exemplares
Speed: Stories of Survival from Behind the Wheel (2002) — Contribuidor — 6 exemplares
Triquarterly 19 (Fall 1970) For Edward Dahlberg (1970) — Contribuidor — 4 exemplares
Playboy Magazine | January 1989 | 35th Anniversary Issue (1989) — Contribuidor — 2 exemplares
Kerouac Quarterly, V. 2, No. 1 — Contribuidor — 1 exemplar
Beatitude 16 — Contribuidor — 1 exemplar


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Conhecimento Comum

Nome legal
Lebris de Kerouac, Jean-Louis
Outros nomes
Kerouac, Jean-Louis
Kerouac, John
Data de nascimento
Data de falecimento
Localização do túmulo
Edson Cemetery, Lowell, Massachusetts, USA
Local de nascimento
Lowell, Massachusetts, USA
Local de falecimento
St. Petersburg, Florida, USA
Causa da morte
esophageal hemorrhage
Locais de residência
New York, New York, USA
Orlando, Florida, USA
Columbia University
Kerouac, Jan (daughter)



Robert Bolano and Jack Kerouac em Books Compared (Julho 2009)


Over the years I've made several starts on [b:On The Road|841947|On The Road|Jack Kerouac|https://i.gr-assets.com/images/S/compressed.photo.goodreads.com/books/1178825422l/841947._SY75_.jpg|1701188] but this is the first time I've finished it. This time I chose to read the scroll edition. At first, through a sense of obligation. It was a book I felt I should have read. But it was often cited in [b:Idiot Wind|46251478|Idiot Wind|Peter Kaldheim|https://i.gr-assets.com/images/S/compressed.photo.goodreads.com/books/1560187553l/46251478._SY75_.jpg|71233035] by Peter Kaldheim which I'd just read, and I felt this obligation as a way of extending my understanding of the book and I was not disappointed.

At the early stages, each time I picked it up (perhaps it was the text itself) I felt I should accelerate and skim a bit. Instead, I became absorbed and slowed down. I became more and more absorbed in its dimensions as the narrative progressed until I felt that once they had crossed the border into Mexico, the book became sublime. I had the sense that this was now a one-way journey out of country - out of time - out of youth.

Yesterday a friend posted a collection of photos taken by today's generation who are jumping trains and sleeping rough across the USA. After Peter Kaldheim's story set in the 1970s. Seems that every 50 years a very similar story is being retold about the underbelly of of the USA and its inhabitants. Similar in some respects to Steinbeck's [b:Travels with Charlie in Search of America|33617956|Travels with Charlie in Search of America|John Steinbeck|https://s.gr-assets.com/assets/nophoto/book/50x75-a91bf249278a81aabab721ef782c4a74.png|1024827]. But none so artful and profound as On the Road.

For me the really memorable parts are the descriptions of music and jazz players, being trapped in an all-night cinema, the Mexican brothel and the drive to Chicago.

This is great literature. The structure fits the narrative and the landscape and its depths of imagery are so complex as to warrant further reading.

Such a book certainly makes me wonder why Australia has no equivalent narrative: the journey around the centre and what that means for our national psyche.

We stumbled down the road. Early morning traffic began, every car looking like a cruiser. Then we suddenly saw the cruiser coming and I knew it was the end of my life as I had known it and that it was entering a new and horrible stage of jails and iron sorrows, such as Egyptian Kings must know in the drowsy afternoon when the fight is up in the reeds of the mires. But the cruiser was our taxi and from that moment on we flew East and had to. (p.323)
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simonpockley | 21 outras críticas | Feb 25, 2024 |
At the most superficial—and silly—level, I have long felt a connection to Jack Kerouac because we share a birthday; he turned 34 the day I was born. The following year, in 1957, Kerouac’s novel, On the Road, introduced much of the world to the Beat Generation, and maybe because on some cosmic level that mindset was part of the world I came into, I have felt drawn to many of the Beats—Allen Ginsberg, William S. Burroughs, Gregory Corso, Neal Cassady, LeRoi Jones (k/k/a Amiri Baraka), and later, previously overlooked, in my opinion, Diane di Prima and Ruth Weiss and other women writers too often in the shadow of the men.

I read On the Road in my first semester of college, when I was taking creative writing for my English requirement. It was the only one of my five classes I liked. I read and wrote prolifically, mostly poetry and some short essays or character sketches, to the detriment of The Challenge of Chemistry, Sociology of the Family, Psychology, and French. I just wanted to read and write. In that way, at the lofty age of 18, I was as self-centered and self-indulgent as the characters in Kerouac’s books, although even then, the characters irked me in ways I could not explain, and the whole premise of these personal quests both intrigued and annoyed me. I only see this now, through the lens of decades of adult responsibility and the acquired knowledge of our human interdependency. I was not as impressed with On the Road as I had expected to be; it seemed aimless. I put Kerouac aside for more than four decades.

I picked The Dharma Bums for a prompt in the 2021 PopSugar Reading Challenge, for a book by a writer who shares my astrological sign. I thought of Kerouac, my birthday twin. Now that I have read The Dharma Bums, I understand that my own love of language and its rhythms and of fluid storytelling draws me to Kerouac now, even if I still find these characters self-indulgent and maybe more than a little self-delusional. But this one was more lyrical, more stream-of-conscious, more fluid. The first sentence grabbed me, set the pace, signaled that this book—unlike On the Road—had a destination. "Hopping a freight out of Los Angeles at high noon one day in late September 1955 I got on a gondola and lay down with my duffel bag under my head and my knees crossed and contemplated the clouds as we rolled north to Santa Barbara." And so I met footloose, meaning-of-life-seeking-through-Buddhism Ray Smith, the narrator. Kerouac’s alter ego. Another American white man privileged to indulge in hedonistic self-discovery. Along the way we recognize other Beats: Gary Snyder in the character of Japhy Ryder, Allen Ginsberg in the character of Alvah Goldberg. I had not realized how autobiographical this story was.

The quest at the center of the novel is not the hero’s quest that is a staple of the Western canon, but rather a personal quest that involves anything but Buddha-like self-indulgences like boozing and drugging and womanizing and misogynistic attitudes. During the time in which the story is set, a personal quest like this, hiking into the mountains, alone or with one or two others, was a uniquely (white) male opportunity and experience. The rest of us, in general, learned by necessity much sooner that the world was not about us, that fulfilling responsibilities left little time for indulging in a self-quest of this type, and that mastering the here and now presents enough of a challenge to make life meaningful. Perhaps this book and the rest of Kerouac’s life can serve as a cautionary tale: failing to moderate one’s ego and base impulses eventually wastes you much sooner than your talents responsibly used—not for what made you feel good but on how you made the person on whom you shine your charity feel—could have taken you. Despite my issue with the theme, I still enjoyed, and at time was mesmerized by, Kerouac’s poetic use of language and its rhythms that was integral to the telling of this tale. At the beginning of the final chapter, I was taken by the images of this moment:

"August finally came in with a blast that shook my house and augured little augusticity. I made raspberry Jell-o the color of rubies in the setting sun. Mad, raging sunsets poured in sea foams of cloud of unimaginable crags, with every rose-tint of a hope beyond ."

I decided to use one of my Audible credits and listen to this as an audiobook. It was compellingly read by Ethan Hawke, which added another dimension to the sound of the language as the story unfolded.
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bschweiger | 73 outras críticas | Feb 4, 2024 |
Finalmente anch’io ho letto il libro iconico della beat generation: ci è voluta la quarantena per convincermi a dargli una possibilità perché in tutta onestà non mi sembrava un libro che facesse per me. In effetti, in parte è stato così, ma sono abbastanza sicura che avrei apprezzato di più Sulla strada se Kerouac avesse usato meglio il suo talento.

La mia impressione alla fine della lettura è stata quella di un romanzo squilibrato: ci sono un sacco di pagine su posti visti, gente conosciuta e azioni svolte che magari nelle intenzioni di Kerouac volevano rompere le logiche borghesi, ma che a me sono sembrate solo un elenco fine a se stesso di posti, gente e azioni. Immagino che nel 1957 quelle pagine restituissero un significato dissacrante semplicemente esistendo, ma oggi mi è sembrato molto meno incisivo.

Tuttavia, ci sono delle scintille di critica alla società ancora perfettamente valide e puntuali nella loro denuncia. Ci è voluta un po’ di tenacia per vederle in mezzo ai posti, alla gente e alle azioni buttate lì, ma hanno reso la mia esperienza di lettura tutto sommato positiva e mi hanno messo voglia di leggere altro di Kerouac (consigli?).
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lasiepedimore | 384 outras críticas | Jan 14, 2024 |
I think maybe I did finish it? I liked his prose a lot, but didn't like this one as much as "On The Road"
dtscheme | 73 outras críticas | Jan 1, 2024 |


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