Jack Kerouac’s On The Road is one of those books that I have tried more than once to read. I’m fascinated by the impact this book has had on generations, and I’m not sure why I wasn’t able to get into it. I remember trying to read it toward the end of college, so maybe I had already passed the time where I would have really appreciated.
One thing that I love, though, is reading about writers. So even though I haven’t read what’s supposed to be one of the great coming of age stories, I am looking forward to reading the stories behind the stories. You can too. Take a look below to read the publisher’s jacket copy, and then fill out this form by Monday, September 16th at 11:59 p.m. EST for your chance to win a copy of The Voice Is All.
In The Voice is All, Joyce Johnson, author of her classic memoir, Door Wide Open, about her relationship with Jack Kerouac, brilliantly peels away layers of the Kerouac legend to show how, caught between two cultures and two languages, he forged a voice to contain his dualities. Looking more deeply than previous biographers into how Kerouac’s French Canadian background enriched his prose and gave him a unique outsider’s vision of America, she tracks his development from boyhood through the phenomenal breakthroughs of 1951 that resulted in the composition of On the Road, followed byVisions of Cody. By illuminating Kerouac’s early choice to sacrifice everything to his work, The Voice Is All deals with him on his own terms and puts the tragic contradictions of his nature and his complex relationships into perspective.