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Big Sur (Paperback)

Author:  Jack Kerouac Foreword By:  Aram Saroyan
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Format: Paperback
ISBN-10: 0140168125
ISBN-13: 9780140168129
Sku: 30015321
Publish Date: 6/1/1992
Pages:  256
Age Range:  22 to UP
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The church is blowing a sad windblown "Kathleen" on the bells in the skid row slums as I wake up all woebegone and goopy, groaning from another drinking bout and groaning most of all because I'd ruined my "secret return" to San Francisco by getting silly drunk while hiding in the alleys with bums and then marching forth into North Beach to see everybody altho Lorenz Monsanto and I'd exchanged huge letters outlining how I would sneak in quietly, call him on the phone using a code name like Adam Yulch or Lalagy Pulvertaft (also writers) and then he would secretly drive me to his cabin in the Big Sur woods where I would be alone and undisturbed for six weeks just chopping wood, drawing water, writing, sleeping, hiking, etc. etc. (from the first line)
Retiring to a seaside cabin near San Francisco, Jack Duluoz looks for tranquility, but finds only horror and despair *Author: Kerouac, Jack *Publication Date: 1992/06/01 *Binding Type: Paperbound *Language: English *Depth: 0.50 *Width: 4.75 *Height: 8.00
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Retiring to a seaside cabin near San Francisco, Jack Duluoz looks for tranquility, but finds only horror and despair
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Duluoz, the protagonist previously of DOCTOR SAX, has written a book entitled ON THE ROAD. Suddenly, he's deified by young people who pursue him in search of wisdom. Overwhelmed, Duluoz runs to Big Sur, to revisit his own past. Alcoholic, alone in his cabin, he disintegrates--then goes back home.Duluoz, the protagonist previously of DOCTOR SAX, has written a book entitled ON THE ROAD. Suddenly, he's deified by young people who pursue him in search of wisdom. Overwhelmed, Duluoz runs to Big Sur, to revisit his own past. Alcoholic, alone in his cabin, he disintegrates--then goes back home.
Author Bio
Jack Kerouac
Jack Kerouac was born Jean-Louis Lebrid de Kerouac in Lowell, Massachusetts. He was raised a Catholic and spoke only French until he was five or six years old. He began to write when he was very young, publishing his own sports newspaper for his friends. After attending the Horace Mann School for Boys in New York City (where he was a scholarship student and a football star) and Columbia University (through sophomore year), Kerouac worked as a railroad brakeman and a fire lookout, and later joined the Merchant Marines and then the Navy. He married three times and had a daughter, Janet Michelle, also a writer. In three weeks, in his West 20th Street apartment, he wrote ON THE ROAD, his best-known novel, on rolls of Teletype paper pasted together; however, contrary to myth, the novel was the result of extensive previous planning and drafts. Kerouac is most famous as the chief figure among the writers known as the Beat Generation. His writing sparked heated debate among critics, some decrying his sloppy prose and lack of cohesive plot, others praising his verbal spontaneity and exuberance. Kerouac died of alcoholism at the age of 47.

Jack Kerouac--born Jean-Louis Lebris de Kerouac in Lowell, Massachusetts, and raised a devout Catholic--spoke only French until he was five or six years old. He began to write when he was very young, publishing his own sports newspaper for his friends. After attending the Horace Mann School for Boys in New York City (where he was a scholarship student and a football star) and Columbia University (through sophomore year), Kerouac worked as a railroad brakeman and a fire lookout, and later joined the Merchant Marines and then the Navy. He married three times and had a daughter, Janet Michelle, also a writer. In three weeks, in his West 20th Street apartment, he wrote ON THE ROAD, his best-known novel, on rolls of Teletype paper pasted together; however, contrary to myth, the novel was the result of extensive previous planning and drafts. Kerouac is most famous as the chief figure among the writers known as the Beat Generation. His writing sparked heated debate among critics, some decrying his sloppy prose and lack of cohesive plot, others praising his verbal spontaneity and exuberance. Kerouac died of alcoholism at the age of 47.

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Saturday Review
"Now at last Kerouac has begun to fulfill the promises of humor and pathos that could be found among the goopy pretenses of his...other books...[T]he portrait of the beat monster trying to escape from his role, to regain his role, to grow up, to remain a child, is in focus, troubling and touching." - Herbert Gold 09/22/1962

New York Times Book Review
"...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....What Kerouac has achieved, most importantly, in 'Big Sur' is a sense of structure and pacing which the early books lack." - William Wiegand 09/16/1962

Saturday Review
"Now at last Kerouac has begun to fulfill the promises of humor and pathos that could be found among the goopy pretenses of his...other books...[T]he portrait of the beat monster trying to escape from his role, to regain his role, to grow up, to remain a child, is in focus, troubling and touching." - Herbert Gold 09/22/1962

New York Times Book Review
"...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....What Kerouac has achieved, most importantly, in 'Big Sur' is a sense of structure and pacing which the early books lack." - William Wiegand 09/16/1962

New York Times Book Review
"...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....What Kerouac has achieved, most importantly, in 'Big Sur' is a sense of structure and pacing which the early books lack." - William Wiegand 09/16/1962

Saturday Review
"Now at last Kerouac has begun to fulfill the promises of humor and pathos that could be found among the goopy pretenses of his...other books...[T]he portrait of the beat monster trying to escape from his role, to regain his role, to grow up, to remain a child, is in focus, troubling and touching." - Herbert Gold 09/22/1962

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Product attributeMinimum Age:   18
Product attributeNumber of Pages:   0256
Product attributePublisher:   Penguin Books
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