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“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 that never yawn or say a commonplace thing, but burn, burn, burn like fabulous yellow roman candles exploding like spiders across the stars and in the middle you see the blue centerlight pop and everybody goes”.

On the Road was first published in 1957 and it is the second novel by Jack Kerouac. Its publication marked a turning point in post-war literature, as Kerouac’s tale of jazz, sex, poetry, drugs and a tainted American dream became the definitive essence of the Beat Generation – a generation which Kerouac himself is the prime exemplar. On the Road is for the most part, a largely autobiographical novel, recanting the exploits of Jack Kerouac’s cross-country adventure through post-war America. The novel…

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