Big Sur

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"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, C?line, 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 ...

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Overview

"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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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780140168129
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 6/28/1992
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 256
  • Sales rank: 133,068
  • Product dimensions: 5.14 (w) x 7.80 (h) x 0.49 (d)

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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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  • Posted December 26, 2012

    I loved this one. Much better than On the Road. This book will

    I loved this one. Much better than On the Road. This book will leave an impact. Kerouac does an amazing job of really expressing the fullness of the emotional crossroads that Kerouac was at when he went to Big Sur to try to get sober and his ultimate failures. The final page after he comes through his breakdown speaks such great volumes not only to him personally, but to the reader. Specifically, to anyone who has ever been through adversity. "Something good will come of all things yet." I highly recommend prior to reading this that you watch the documentary "One Fast Move or I'm Gone." This documentary will give you a great insight into the book. So far, this is my favorite Kerouac work. Highly recommend.

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  • Posted April 21, 2011

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    Highly Recommended

    Readers will like Kerouacs trademark style and edgy introspection. However, this book is extraordinary also in that it provides a profound insight into the more serious side of Kerouacs alcoholism, and it's consequences. Sure to be a moving read for all, even those not otherwise interested in the "Beat" genre.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 11, 2006

    Stream of . . . everything . . .

    I was reminded more than once, while reading this book, of Burrough's 'Naked Lunch' with its disjointed sentence structure and dream-like paragraphs. But in Kerouac's hands, the material has a more seamless quality and the babble-speak becomes sheer poetry in places. With a 'form follows function' approach that Burroughs used, Tom Parker--the main character in this novel--indulges in free association because of his alcohol abuse and basic instability. Also reminded me of the writing of Martin Amis.

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    Posted February 13, 2013

    WELCOME TO RIVERCLAN

    I AM LEAFSTAR I NEED MED CAT WARRIORS QUEENS KITS AND DUPEODY

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