Big Sur

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Penguin Books, Limited, May 1, 2012 - Autobiographical fiction - 186 pages
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In 1960 Jack Kerouac was near breaking point. Driven mad by constant press attention in the wake of the publication of On the Road, he needed to 'get away to solitude again or die', so he withdrew to a cabin in Big Sur on the Californian coast. The resulting novel, in which his autobiographical hero Jack Duluoz wrestles with doubt, alcohol dependency and his urge towards self-destruction, is one of Kerouac's most personal and searingly honest works. Ending with the poem 'Sea: Sounds of the Pacific Ocean at Big Sur', it shows a man coming down from his hedonistic youth and trying to come to terms with fame, the world and himself.
'Stunning and vivid.' Sunday Times
'Kerouac's grittiest novel . . . sensual and uninhibited.' The New York Times

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Absolutely brilliant, unique writing. - Goodreads
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Hardly any plot, just random musings of a drunk. - Goodreads
my five star selection. - Goodreads
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Review: Big Sur (Duluoz Legend)

User Review  - Lucia Chambel - Goodreads

When the Dharma Bums have started to lose their glory and Kerouac begins to metamorphose into a tired old man, Big Sur is the result. Read full review

Review: Big Sur (Duluoz Legend)

User Review  - Adam - Goodreads

Every road must come to an end. Maybe Jack just was not good at being a celebrity surrounded by drunken enablers? Read full review

About the author (2012)

Jack Kerouac (1922-69) was an American novelist, poet, artist and part of the Beat Generation. Most of his life was spent in the vast landscapes of America or living with his mother. Kerouac's best known works are On the Road and The Dharma Bums.

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