This is one of those rare books that stays with you long after reading. "On the road" is Kerouac's semi-autobiographical tale of beatniks, poets and flaneurs told through the eyes of Sal Paradise, a man lost of all direction in life experiencing a new Post-War 50's America through drugs, travel and music. The novel takes the reader to a time of reinvention, experimentation and defining what it means to be different in a conformist society, and explores the highs and lows of being at the vanguard of a new counterculture. This book stands as one of Kerouac's defining works and is just as enjoyable, mesmerizing and thought provoking as it was upon its release. Although it may not be at the top of everyone's to read list, it is definitely a book you will not regret having spent time with.