The Town and the City

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In this compelling first novel, Kerouac draws on his New England mill-town boyhood to create the world of George and Marguerite Martin and their eight children, each endowed with an energy and a vision of life.
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Overview


In this compelling first novel, Kerouac draws on his New England mill-town boyhood to create the world of George and Marguerite Martin and their eight children, each endowed with an energy and a vision of life.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780156907903
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Publication date: 10/28/1970
  • Pages: 512
  • Sales rank: 315,056
  • Product dimensions: 5.30 (w) x 7.95 (h) x 1.42 (d)

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The locomotive whistle was howling at the gates of Galloway where years ago as a boy he had lain in his room listening for it in the night dreaming of voyages and great personal events, and he knew that now the sound of the whistle was carrying across the rooftops of his hometown, clear across the river to his family's house on the old road, and he knew that he would never grow old and weary of his life.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 16, 2002

    A Book That Everyone Can Relate To!!

    The Town and the City is a novel that follows a family as they are all forced to grow up. With storylines unique to each character yet all tied together you learn to love all the characters as you learn of their triumphs and tragedies. Kerouac's first novel leaves the reader spellbound thinking "so that's what life is all about..." He has a special talent to write the things that we all feel yet can never put into words. This is a book that everyone can identify with and is a novel that changed my life. Read it, and hopefully it will inspire you as well.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 26, 2000

    My Favorite Book

    This is simply put, my favorite book. It's hard to describe why, but sometimes, as avid readers will attest, a book just touches you. This one surprised me, with no real plot, no crescendo to build towards, it's just a wonderfully written narrative of a life that reminded me of the magic available in everday life. The rythm of the writing pulled me into a world at once entirely different yet spiritually parrellel to that of my own. Kerouac, the master of spontaneous prose.

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