Big Sur

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Penguin Books, 1962 - Fiction - 241 pages
371 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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User Review  - Nour Arafat - Goodreads

Pretty good book for somebody who has an addictive fun loving personality, coupled with moments of depression and well.... "I wake up with the “final horrors” again, precisely the way I woke up in the ... Read full review

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User Review  - Danny Stroh - Goodreads

No where near On The Road. He wrote this later on in life, closer to his death by alcoholism. You can tell he is much more depressed and going deeper and deeper into a world of pain and self torture ... Read full review

Contents

Section 1
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Section 2
9
Section 3
14
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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.

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