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Download On the Road: The Original Scroll Audiobook (Unabridged)

Extended Audio Sample On the Road: The Original Scroll (Unabridged), by Jack Kerouac
4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (3,734 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Jack Kerouac Narrator: John Ventimiglia Publisher: Penguin Audiobooks Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Here is the legendary 1951 scroll draft of On the Road, word for word as Jack Kerouac originally composed it.

Though Kerouac began thinking about the novel that was to become On the Road as early as 1947, it was not until three weeks in April 1951, in an apartment on West 20th Street in Manhattan, that he wrote the first full draft that was satisfactory to him. Typed out as one long, single-spaced paragraph on eight long sheets of tracing paper that he later taped together to form a 120-foot scroll, this document is among the most significant, celebrated, and provocative artifacts in contemporary American literary history. It represents the first full expression of Kerouac's revolutionary aesthetic, the identifiable point at which his thematic vision and narrative voice came together in a sustained burst of creative energy.

It was not until more than six years later, and after several new drafts, that Viking published, in 1957, the novel known to us today. The differences between the two versions are principally ones of significant detail and altered emphasis. The scroll is slightly longer and has a heightened linguistic virtuosity and a more sexually frenetic tone. It also uses the real names of Kerouac's friends instead of the fictional names he later invented for them.

This audio edition is narrated by actor John Ventimiglia, best known for his portrayal of restaurant owner Artie Bucco in The Sopranos. Download and start listening now!


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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Odeen Rocha | 2/15/2014

    " El mejor libro del siglo XX. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Cat | 2/7/2014

    " I believe this was probably was a ground breaking book for it's time and I appreciate it's place in American History. That said it wasn't really my type of book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Spencer | 2/5/2014

    " Hey, everyone goes through their Kerouac phase, right? Mine was about 10 years ago but I really had a good time reading this. "

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    " read the scroll version. if you like jazz music, you like this book. "

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