Why Kerouac Matters: The Lessons Of On The Road (they're Not What You Think) by John LelandWhy Kerouac Matters: The Lessons Of On The Road (they're Not What You Think) by John Leland

Why Kerouac Matters: The Lessons Of On The Road (they're Not What You Think)

byJohn Leland

Paperback | August 26, 2008

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Legions of youthful Americans have taken On the Road as a manifesto for rebellion and an inspiration to hit the road. But there is much more to the book than that. In Why Kerouac Matters, John Leland embarks on a wry, insightful, and playful discussion of the novel, arguing that it still matters because it lays out an alternative road map to growing up. Along the way, Leland overturns many misconceptions about On the Road as he examines the lessons that Kerouac?s alter ego, Sal Paradise, absorbs and dispenses on his novelistic journey to manhood, and how those lessons?about work and money, love and sex, art and holiness? still reverberate today.
John Leland is a reporter for The New York Times.
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Title:Why Kerouac Matters: The Lessons Of On The Road (they're Not What You Think)Format:PaperbackDimensions:224 pages, 7.73 × 5.05 × 0.6 inPublished:August 26, 2008Publisher:Penguin Publishing GroupLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0143114379

ISBN - 13:9780143114376

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?No one has written better and more intelligently about Kerouac.?
?David Gates, Newsweek

? An entertaining and insightful book . . . over and over Leland showed me something new, and just as important, something fun.?
?The American Book Review