Madeleinewren

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Madeleinewren (United Kingdom) published:

Kerouac's 'On the Road': an Ode to Dean Moriarty, masculinity and the American Dream.

PROMPT: Book Review Competition 2021

The product of three weeks and 120 feet of teletype paper, Jack Kerouac’s seminal ‘On the Road’ is a dedication to the unruly, impassioned lifestyles of his friends; the close-knit ‘Beatniks' of 20th century America. Fuelling counterculture, peace protests, drug-use and literary upheaval, these men - Ginsberg, Carr, Burroughs, Kerouac - engendered a new movement with their controversial literature. 'Controversial' is undoubtedly a word one affiliates with the Beat Generation, their work preaches sex, glamorises drugs, cries for protest and undermines women. Despite Kerouac’s undebatable genius, I do hold reservations about the content of ‘On the Road’. 

Kerouac’s semi-autobiographical novel tells of Sal Paradise’s travels on the road with the enigmatic Dean Moriarty –...

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