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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 21, 2007

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    I read this book four years ago, and over time it has become one of my favorites. I¿m amazed that On the Road is so celebrated. I think this book is the one where Kerouac begins to see that the bohemian lifestyle has it¿s downside too. Tristessa is incredible in that it shows the story of a truly wasted life. Tristessa is smart, beautiful, and full of love. Yet her surroundings and the circumstances of her impoverished conspire to destroy her. Jack catches her right at that moment when she can turn it all around or sink forever into the abyss. She still has a chance. The significance of that fact is what the story is about. She has a chance, but it s most likely her last chance for salvation.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 11, 2006

    Makes sense in context

    Like Burrough's 'Naked Lunch' many might think this book may ramble. But that's not really the case. Form follows function in this romantic tale of a Mexican prostitute and the main character's attempts to woo her. Autiobiographical, as is the case with most of Kerouac's books, 'Tristessa' is much more enjoyable than 'On the Road' or even his 'Desolation Angels.' Truly a remarkable look at life and writing.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 10, 2004


    it is absolutely unbelievable that a person can write a book like kerouac does, and people can read it, and understand it completely. written in a stream-of-conciousness manner, with little 'long length description,' Tristessa is a deeply poetic work - of compassion, love, lust, greed, and selflessness - an amazing description of the ravages of drug use in a down-and-out kinda town. Kerouac's book THE DARMA BUMS is the story that takes place between the first and second halves of Tristessa. Kerouac's enigmatic way of intertwining his literary works has impressed readers for nearly fifty years

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 26, 2002

    Compassion and Conflict

    "Tristessa" is a heart wrenching and beautifully written account of a point in Jack Kerouac's life when Buddhism was just starting to become an influence in the authors illustrious life. The compassion shown by the main character in this book conflicted by the cruel addiction endured by the Mexican prostitute he endears, along with the setting of the fellaheen slums of Mexico circa 1950 form a lugubrious love story told subjectively by Kerouac. This book is full of conflict, from the main character's own conflicts between longing and faith, the conflict between static and dynamic characters, to the schism between Buddhism and Christianity. The conflict in this short novel is the driving force behind the writter. Kerouac's use of symbolism and his renowned poetic prose enthrall the reader and make this book very hard to put down.

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