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Big Sur
     

Big Sur

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by Jack Kerouac, Aram Saroyan (Foreword by)
 

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A poignant masterpiece of wrenching personal expression from the author of On the Road and The Dharma Bums

In this 1962 novel, Kerouac's alter ego Jack Duluoz, overwhelmed by success and excess, gravitates back and forth between wild binges in San Francisco and an isolated cabin on the

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A poignant masterpiece of wrenching personal expression from the author of On the Road and The Dharma Bums

In this 1962 novel, Kerouac's alter ego Jack Duluoz, overwhelmed by success and excess, gravitates back and forth between wild binges in San Francisco and an isolated cabin on the California coast where he attempts to renew his spirit and clear his head of madness and alcohol. Only nature seems to restore him to a sense of balance. In the words of Allen Ginsberg, Big Sur "reveals consciousness in all its syntactic elaboration, detailing the luminous emptiness of his own paranoiac confusion."

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"In many ways, particularly in the lyrical immediacy that is his distinctive glory, this is Kerouac's best book . . . certainly, he has never displayed more 'gentle sweetness.'"
--San Francisco Chronicle 

"Kerouac's grittiest novel to date and the one which will be read with most respect by those skeptical of all the Beat business in the first place."
--The New York Times Book Review 

"Big Sur is so devastatingly honest and painful and yet so beautifully written....He was sharing his pain and suffering with the reader in the same way Dostoyevsky did, with the idea of salvation through suffering."
--David Amram

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780140168129
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
06/28/1992
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
256
Sales rank:
59,747
Product dimensions:
5.04(w) x 7.76(h) x 0.47(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Meet the Author

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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Big Sur 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 17 reviews.
Maria73 More than 1 year ago
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.
Filgasova More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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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