Vanity of Duluoz
The tale of Kerouac's alter-ego, Vanity of Duluoz presents Jack Duluoz's high school experiences as a sporting jock in Massachusetts and his time at Columbia University on a football scholarship. Just as Jack's glamorous new adult life begins, so does World War II, and he joins the US Navy to travel the world. As Jack experiences more, he realizes the limits of his former plans and returns to New York at the start of the Beat movement, to a riot of drugs, sex and writing. Vanity of Duluoz was Kerouac's final work published before his death in 1969.
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Review: Vanity of Duluoz: An Adventurous Education, 1935-46 (Duluoz Legend)User Review - GK Stritch - Goodreads
Football, war, and murder . . . the vanities of a young man coming of age, and the young man is young Duluoz of Lowell. "But my hands werent sea-netted and chapped by rope and wire . . . at present ... Read full review
Review: Vanity of Duluoz: An Adventurous Education, 1935-46 (Duluoz Legend)User Review - Manheim Wagner - Goodreads
Although there are many poetic passages in The Vanity of Duluoz, the book feels like a book written by a man (with limited time left) who is trying to fill a gap in his legend of books. Read full review