Visions of Gerard (Paperback)
|Author: Jack Kerouac|
|*Author: Kerouac, Jack *Publication Date: 1991/05/01 *Binding Type: Paperback *Language: English *Depth: 0.50 *Width: 5.00 *Height: 8.00|
From the Publisher:
"My best most serious sad and true book yet." ?Jack Kerouac
"His life . . . ended when he was nine and the nuns of St. Louis de France Parochial School were at his bedside to take down his dying workds becase they'd heard his astonishing revelations of heaven delivered in catechism on no more encouragement than it was his turn to speak. . . ."
Unique among Jack Kerouac's novels, Visions of Gerard focuses on the scenes and sensations of childhood?the wisdom, anguish, intensity, innocence, evil, insight, suffering, delight, and shock?as they were revealed in the short tragic-happy life of his saintly brother, Gerard. Set in Kerouac's hometown of Lowell, Massachusetts, it is an unsettling, beautiful, and sad exploration of the meaning and precariousness of existence.
Another novel-as-autobiography, in which Jean Duluoz relates the story of his brother Gerard, who died as a nine-year-old when Jean was four.
"Occasionally, language does skitter out of control...but those passages of torrential typing, which Mr. Kerouac once mistook for genuine writing, have become much rarer now. More imporant still, by returning to his own soil and antecedents, and in a French Catholic context rather than in the borrowed framework of Oriental religion, Mr. Kerouac makes the figure of the saint more understandable....In old Duluoz, father of the family, Mr. Kerouac has created his first solidly mature character." - William Barrett 9/1963