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The Sea Is My Brother
     

The Sea Is My Brother

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by Jack Kerouac, Ray Porter (Read by)
 

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This important formative work bears all the hallmarks of classic Kerouac. It chronicles the misadventures of two seamen who at first seem different but are really two sides of the same coin.

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This important formative work bears all the hallmarks of classic Kerouac. It chronicles the misadventures of two seamen who at first seem different but are really two sides of the same coin.

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Library Journal - Audio
The fledgling Kerouac wrote this first novel in 1943 at age 21 while serving in the merchant marine during World War II. Dual protagonists Bill Everhart and Wesley Martin symbolize both halves of Kerouac's "schizoid self." Everhart is the bored intellectual drone; Martin the unyielding physical side who shows fealty to nothing and does as he pleases without remorse. To gain life experience, egghead Everhart thoughtlessly chucks his Columbia University teaching gig and familial responsibilities to ship out with Martin, a sailor he just met. This overwritten adventure is very much a young man's novel, and today's audience will find it filled with too much talk of leftist politics and other topics popular among the wartime college set. But it clearly lays the groundwork for the themes and character types Kerouac employed later. With its hitchhiking, drinking, and political/religious views, this has the signature trappings of his great books. Parallels between Bill and Wes and On the Road's Sal and Dean are obvious. VERDICT Despite its overintellectual bent, this "lost" novel will intrigue Kerouac heads. Ray Porter's excellent narration greatly enhances the material. Essential for lit collections.—Mike Rogers, Library Journal

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781455153268
Publisher:
Blackstone Audio, Inc.
Publication date:
03/20/2012
Edition description:
Unabridged
Pages:
4
Product dimensions:
5.20(w) x 5.80(h) x 0.70(d)

Meet the Author

Jack Kerouac was born in 1922 in Lowell, Massachusetts. The best-known of his many works, On the Road, published in 1957, was an international bestseller. He died in St. Petersburg, Florida, at the age of forty-seven.

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The Sea Is My Brother: The Lost Novel 3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Muir More than 1 year ago
This was Kerouac's first go at a novel. It was left largely unfinished. But it's rough and raw in all the ways that classic Kerouac should be. For a big fan, this book quintessential political, rollicking, and philosophy talking, travel tail. It shows Kerouac's pure intentions with little embellishment. Now, had it been the novel published 14 years later it would have, without doubt, been a literary gem. Kerouac's style was only developing when he wrote this but without the practice On The Road, Big Sur, and The Dharma Bums would never have come to be written with such supreme class, style and honesty that defines Kerouac. Also, I'm the first review: How cool is that?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Kerouac's lost first novel reads just like that, a first/lost novel. It will become a decade later in his life when he will become the writer that inspired a generation, including Bobby Dylan. He was 21 when he wrote this. Anyways, it was good enough to finish on a cold evening!