LONESOME TRAVELER by Jack Kerouac

LONESOME TRAVELER

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KIRKUS REVIEW

Broadly speaking, Lonesome Traveler, in form, is a series of impressionistic essays on the author's travels mainly around the U.S. There are accounts of his sojourn in San Pedro and Long Beach, Calif, waiting to get on a ship; riding by bus to Mexico -- to the bullfights, out of season -- on pot; working as a brakeman on the Southern Pacific R.R.; in the galley of a ship sailing down the Pacific coast to the Mississippi; and his Big Trip to Europe --Tangier, Morocco, Paris, London. There are some New York scenes --jazz spots, parties, bars -- and fortunately, his mother's apartment in Jamaica, Long Island, where he could retreat "just to sleep and write". And by contrast he describes life as a fire lookout in a northwest national forest. There's a final essay on the hobo -- The Vanishing 'American To his fans and to those who might not be repelled by his frenetic anti-style this might be of intermittent interest.
Pub Date: Nov. 4th, 1960
ISBN: 0802130747
Page count: 195pp
Publisher: McGraw-Hill
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Nov. 1st, 1960




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