On the Road
by Jack Kerouac, Ann Charters
Editor: Penguin Books Ltd
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Five decades after its first release, Jack Kerouac’s seminal book, Battre roman Sur la Route, finally finds its way to the big screen, in a award-winning production director Walter Salles (Carnets de voyage), starring Sam Riley (Control, Brighton Rock), Garret Hedlund (Foundation Night Lights), Kristen Stewart (Twilight), Kirsten Dunst, Amy Adams and Vig.Sal Paradise (Sam Riley), an innocent youngster, joins his hero Dean Moriarty (Garrett Hedlund), a traveler and mystic, the life, quintessence of Battre, out of breath, exuberant roll back and forth across the United States.Their hedonist, in search of liberation or execution through drinking, sex, drugs and jazz becomes an exploration of personal freedom, a test of the American dream limit.A brilliant blend of fiction and autobiography, Jack Kerouac is an exciting novel swings for the rhythms of America’s underground 1950s, the journey to the unforgettable sunset of exuberance, intensity and autobiographical passion.One of the most influential and important novels of the 20th century, Sur la Route is the book that launched the Beat Generation and the rest of the bible of this literary movement.The New York Times’ Pop writes at its best:’ The most beautifully executed, the clearest and the most important of the utterance still taken by Kerouac’s generation, itself named years ago as a beat.He changed the way I saw the world, made me aspire for a new experience’ Hanif Kureishi, Independent on Sunday’ On the Road sold a trillion Lévis and a million espresso machines, and also sent countless children on the road’ William Burroughs’.
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