Search Results: "Jack Kerouac"


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DESOLATION ANGELS by Jack Kerouac
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 3, 1965

"Angels is lit up with the glare of 'scandal' and, in its exposure of the above members of the avant-beatnik world, may well wing its way to the wide audience the publisher anticipates."
Kerouac's Desolation Angels may be dealt with quickly. Read full book review >

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BIG SUR by Jack Kerouac
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 11, 1962

"Big Sur is an inverted parody, of a talent and temperament self-destroyed."
In his latest novel, Jack Kerouac, alias Jack Dulouz, awakens all "woebegone and goopy" and hungover in old Frisco. Read full book review >

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THE SUBTERRANEANS by Jack Kerouac
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 20, 1958

..... live in the alleys of San Francisco- smoking tea- and talking of Wolfe and Baudelaire and Pound and peote- and listening to bop. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 1, 2000

"A depressing but fascinating account of one of the sadder figures of modern American letters."
An annotated collection of letters exchanged between novelist Johnson (In the Night Café, 1989, etc.) and Kerouac (1922-69) during the two years (1957-58) of their stormy (and not terribly romantic) love affair. Read full book review >

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JACK KEROUAC by Jack Kerouac
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 1, 1999

"If you do care, this book is indispensable to your understanding of Kerouac; if you don't, reread his fiction, which is so autobiographical that it at times makes the letters redundant."
The second of a two-volume set of Kerouac's interminable correspondence, containing letters from the publication of On the Road until his death. Read full book review >

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THE SEA IS MY BROTHER by Jack Kerouac
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 6, 2012

"Of interest primarily to scholars and diehard Kerouackers; general readers ought to head to the far more memorable On the Road, The Subterraneans and The Dharma Bums."
A forgotten novel—forgotten, by its author, for a reason—by Beat Generation icon Kerouac. Read full book review >

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DHARMA BUMS by Jack Kerouac
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 15, 1958

"There, high on a hilltop, it is revealed, the search ends- and except for those dedicated, nirvana will never have seemed nearer."
Up for air after The Subterraneans- way up (mountain climbing is the new kick) are the Dharma Bums, Ray Smith, Japhy Ryder- a high-domed hepcat, and some of their Zen Lunatic friends who have been chewing their cuds, sipping muscatel, junking, holding Zen Fun Love Orgies (no celibate Buddhists these) in the cellars of San Francisco. Read full book review >

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DR. SAX by Jack Kerouac
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 30, 1959

"Kerouac's vocabulary is at its most challenging, and you can cut your teeth on oiky-cloiky, grooking, weyic, groomus, mowurpy and dommerfall."
At one point in this incoherent fugue, Doctor Sax says-"'In my ammenuosis shack, madame' (he chewed viciously on a cud of tobacco and sunk the chawcake in his inner backpockets till later). Read full book review >

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WAKE UP by Jack Kerouac
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 22, 2008

"Kerouac completists will have to have this, of course. Literary-minded students of Buddhism will find Hermann Hesse's Siddhartha to be the more attractive introduction, and devotees will have had this story from many other sources, as Kerouac himself did."
A fan's notes on the Awakened One. Read full book review >

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PIC by Jack Kerouac
Released: Sept. 1, 1971

"For old times' sake."
This will be a sad last sentimental trek for those who remember Kerouac as their generation's oracular road guide. Read full book review >

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VISIONS OF CODY by Jack Kerouac
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 1, 1972

"Kerouac's failure to encompass 'it' all within that sentence becomes a poignant corollary of that failure of life implicit within the grandiose chronicles of actions without purpose — except their own beauty — of necessity larger than life because life, marvelous as it was, never was quite all it was cracked up to be."
Another posthumous novel by the late subculture hero-author of On the Road, The Dharma Burns, etc., a combination novel-elegy about the beloved Neal Cassady, alias Cody Pomeray, a grand Coloradoan with whom Kerouac (alias lack Deluoscz) drank, smoked, traveled, and endlessly chatted during the late '40's and early '50's, before Cassady died, when Kerouac was first starting to write. Read full book review >

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FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 18, 2011

"An impressive framework for the full-tilt multimedia treatment that, one hopes, will surely follow. Gadget freak and tinkerer Neal Cassady would have dug it."
The Beat Generation's enduring classic dons new high-tech clothes in this excellent digital treatment. Read full book review >