On the Road is the classic story of two such characters: Sal Paradise and Dean Moriarty, who set off on an odyssey through mid-century underground America, fueled by jazz, sex, drugs, mystical philosophy, and a limitless passion for experience.
"An authentic work of art...the most beautifully executed, the clearest and the most important utterance yet made by the generation Kerouac himself named years ago as 'beat,' and whose principal avatar he is." (Gilbert Millstein, The New York Times)
"On the Road has the kind of drive that blasts through to a large public.... What makes the novel really important, what gives it that drive is a genuine new, engaging and exciting prose style.... What keeps the book going is the power and beauty of the writing." (Kenneth Rexroth, San Francisco Chronicle)