Jack Kerouac's American Journey: The Real-Life Odyssey of On the Road (2020)

Jack Kerouac s American Journey The Real Life Odyssey of On the Road From one of today s top Kerouac scholars comes a riveting behind the scenes look at the true adventures that spawned one of the greatest American novels of all time as well as the real lives of the
  • Title: Jack Kerouac's American Journey: The Real-Life Odyssey of On the Road
  • Author: Paul Maher Jr.
  • ISBN: 9781560259916
  • Page: 202
  • Format: Paperback
  • From one of today s top Kerouac scholars comes a riveting, behind the scenes look at the true adventures that spawned one of the greatest American novels of all time, as well as the real lives of the key characters of the novel Sal Paradise, Dean Moriarty, Carlo Marx, Old Bull Hubbard, Camille, and others Acclaimed author Paul Maher takes readers on the road with Jack KerFrom one of today s top Kerouac scholars comes a riveting, behind the scenes look at the true adventures that spawned one of the greatest American novels of all time, as well as the real lives of the key characters of the novel Sal Paradise, Dean Moriarty, Carlo Marx, Old Bull Hubbard, Camille, and others Acclaimed author Paul Maher takes readers on the road with Jack Kerouac and Neal Cassady via unprecedented access to Kerouac and Cassady s correspondence, Ginsberg and Kerouac s notebooks and journals, as well as a look at the formative experience of Kerouac s philosophical and authorial aesthetic that went into this 20th century classic Exactly fifty years after the September 1957 publication of On the Road comes the most thorough, insightful, and surprising account of the book s genesis.
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    One Reply to “Jack Kerouac's American Journey: The Real-Life Odyssey of On the Road”

    1. I really wanted to like this book, if for no other reason than because I love On The Road In fact, On The Road may be my favorite novel, one which thrills and inspires me with each read In Jack Kerouac s American Journey, Kerouac scholar Paul Maher chronologically recreates the events that inspired On The Road , which seems like a win win, especially if you are interested in the man behind the novel and how he relates to his thinly disguised alter ego Sal Paradise in On The Road The problem wit [...]

    2. Similar to Jack Kerouac Matters, this book offered nothing new to the experienced and knowledgable Kerouac scholar However, if you re new to Kerouac, this might be of great interest.

    3. A great follow up read to Windblown World Incorporates excerpts from Kerouac s journals as well as from books and correspondence between all the major and minor beat cast of characters to form a chronological true life narrative of the actual goings on that led up to the publication of On the Road in 1957 Done in a prose documentary style that cross cuts between the different players as their paths recede and diverge over the course of a decade, this makes for a fast, often illuminating, ultimat [...]

    4. On the road is not my favourite book by Jack Kerouac so I might not have bought this book if it had not been going cheap on a sale I m glad I did buy it, though, because I found it interesting than On the road, and it explains how that book was written I recently read Neal Cassady the fast life of a beat hero review here , and found several details in this book that three light on Cassady s character and behaviour than his biography did Perhaps Paul Maher had access to sources After reading t [...]

    5. This was a solid book that I couldn t hesitate recommending to any fan of Kerouac s best known work In fact, for someone like myself, who is enad with On the Road, yet gets bored reading about Kerouac s pseudo buddhism, this is exactly what you re looking for Maher does an admirable job of covering all the standard young Kerouac stories that get touched upon to frame the writing of On the Road, while still approaching the text itself without a specific angle, which has been my gripe with many ot [...]

    6. While I did learn a few interesting things from this book I felt the overall writing was poor and seemed to take one step forward and two steps back There didn t seem to be a smooth flow of story telling and by the time I was done I felt I had zigzagged all over the country and back with characters popping in for a few sentences then disappearing because now I m in San Francisco, no now I m in Denver, I ve lost a few people that we were riding with and now I m sitting in New York typing again An [...]

    7. This book is like watching an episode of Mad Men The men are awful and misogynistic, the women are loose and trampled upon You wouldn t want any of these people as family, but you can t help being interested It gathers together accounts of Jack Kerouac, Neal Cassady, Allen Ginsberg, and others whose real life wanderings made it into Kerouac s amazing On The Road If you love Kerouac s masterpiece as much as I do, you ll find this book a necessary read If you don t, go read On The Road again, beca [...]

    8. Biography of Jack Kerouac focused on the time in his life when he traveled the country, hung out with Neal Cassady and dreamed up the novel On the Road A good book on the real life stories, relationships and adventures that inspired Keouac to write On the Road It was interesting to me to learn how much of the novel was true and actually happened to Kerouac and Cassady.

    9. I ve read several books by and about Jack Kerouac, yet I learned a few new tidbits about the author through Paul Maher s behind the scenes chronicle of On the Road Not a bad read for someone wanting to delve deeper into Kerouac.

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