Desolation Angels

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Penguin, 2012 - Beat generation - 374 pages
20 Reviews

Desolation Angels is the wild and soulful story of the legendary road trip that Jack Kerouac took before the publication of On the Road, told through the persona of Jack Duluoz and accompanied by his thinly-disguised Beat cohorts Allen Ginsberg, Gregory Corso and William Burroughs. As they hitch, hop freight trains, walk and talk their way across the world, from California to Mexico, London to Paris and on to opium-ridden Tangiers, Kerouac chronicles their poetry, partying, mountain vigils and spiritual contemplation with unsurpassable energy and humanity.
'One of the most true, comic and grizzly journeys in American literature.' Time
'Nerve-jangling, sentimental, sincere and funny.' Sunday Times

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Review: Desolation Angels (Duluoz Legend)

User Review  - Maddsurgeon - Goodreads

A fascinating book; the same basic setup as On the Road or Dharma Bums but much more mature. Kerouac starts alone meditating on a mountain, then comes down and travels the world with his mad poet ... Read full review

Review: Desolation Angels (Duluoz Legend)

User Review  - Benjamin - Goodreads

As Nelson Algren indicated, Desolation Angels is an exploration of the religious aspect of the Beat movement. I would take this further by saying that it explores the "dark" or more existential side ... 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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