Big Sur

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Penguin Books, 1962 - Fiction - 241 pages
391 Reviews
"Each book by Jack Kerouac is unique, a telepathic diamond. With prose set in the middle of his mind, he reveals consciousness itself in all its syntatic elaboration, detailing the luminous emptiness of his own paranoiac confusion. Such rich natural writing is nonpareil in later half XX century, a synthesis of Proust, Céline, Thomas Wolfe, Hemingway, Genet, Thelonius Monk, Basho, Charlie Parker, and Kerouac's own athletic sacred insight.

"Big Sur's humane, precise account of the extraordinary ravages of alcohol delirium tremens on Kerouac, a suerior novelist who had strength to complete his poetic narrative, a task few scribes so afflicted have accomplished—others crack up. Here we meet San Francisco's poets & recognize hero Dean Moriarty ten years after On the Road. Jack Kerouac was a 'writer,' as his great peer W.S. Burroughs says, and here at the peak of his suffering humorous genius he wrote through his misery to end with 'Sea,' a brilliant poem appended, on the hallucinatory Sounds of the Pacific Ocean at Big Sur." —Allen Ginsberg

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Absolutely brilliant, unique writing. - Goodreads
It's hard to read him. - Goodreads
His prose is like poetry. - Goodreads
Hardly any plot, just random musings of a drunk. - Goodreads
my five star selection. - Goodreads
Dizzying heights of despair in prose - Goodreads
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Such a sad, sad book. It ends with a bit of hopefulness, but only after a wild ride through a mad mind.

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I did not think I would like Jack Kerouac after having been away from him for so long -- oh, say, half a century. But then I read David Halberstam's The Fifties; and I thought I was missing something ... Read full review

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Contents

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Chapter 2
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Chapter 3
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About the author (1962)

Jack Kerouac(1922-1969), the central figure of the Beat Generation, was born in Lowell, Massachusetts, in 1922 and died in St. Petersburg, Florida, in 1969. Among his many novels are On the Road, The Dharma Bums, Big Sur, and Visions of Cody. Watch a Video

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