Big Sur

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Penguin Books, Limited, May 1, 2012 - Autobiographical fiction - 192 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
This thing is beautiful and hard to read. - Goodreads
His prose is like poetry. - Goodreads
Hardly any plot, just random musings of a drunk. - Goodreads
my five star selection. - Goodreads
They ending caught me by surprise also. - Goodreads

Review: Big Sur (Duluoz Legend)

User Review  - Buck Edwards - Goodreads

Reading Kerouac is like, well, reading Kerouac. He can wear you mighty thin at times, and reading "Big Sur" can be an excellent deterrent to ever touching the bottle again. His morning-after miseries ... Read full review

Review: Big Sur (Duluoz Legend)

User Review  - Rand - Goodreads

Just as I never made it to Point Reyes or Big Sur during my time in Cali, i somehow I never finished reading this book during my teen Beat phase. Or maybe I did go there and had also finished reading ... Read full review

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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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