Why Kerouac Matters
Why Kerouac Matters
The Lessons of On the Road (They're Not What You Think)
John Leland

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.

Title Why Kerouac Matters
Subtitle The Lessons of On the Road (They're Not What You Think)
Author John Leland
Publisher Penguin Books
Title First Published 26 August 2008
Format Paperback
Nb of pages 224 p.
ISBN-10 0143114379
ISBN-13 9780143114376
Publication Date 26 August 2008
Main content page count 224
Weight 16 oz.

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