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"Each book by Jack Kerouac is unique, a telepathic diamond. With prose set in the middle of his mind, he reveals consciousness itself in all its syntatic. Editorial Reviews. About the Author. Jack Kerouac(), the central figure of the Beat edition by Jack Kerouac, Aram Saroyan. Download it once and read it on your Kindle device, PC, phones or tablets. Recipients can read on any device. Additional gift options are available when buying one eBook at a time. Editorial Reviews. About the Author. Jack Kerouac (). Origen de la generacion beat. Kindle edition by Jack Kerouac. Download it once and read it on your Kindle device, PC, phones or tablets. Recipients can read on any device. Additional gift options are available when buying one eBook at a time.
As in On the Road, Kerouac wraps lyrical passages of writing in narrative prose that is otherwise well controlled. The reader may seek to read more books, especially since twenty-odd Kerouac titles are currently in print.
After the traditional opening of On the Road this book starts off disconcertingly. Kerouac introduces images with blurring speed, juxtaposing scenes with dream and memory, mixing the real and the imagined, in unorthodox sentences and phrases. The reader cannot simply sit back and enjoy the ride, as in the other two books, for in this text so far nothing is made clear.
The first few words are obvious enough; the narrator is in a cab with a woman named Tristessa, and he is drunk. The present-tense verbs suggest also that he the first-person narrator is drunk now, as the moments of the cab ride and of the composition merge in one present moment shared by the reader.
Kerouac often combines the past of the event and the present moment of the writing in his work. For example, early in the narration of The Subterraneans he describes his meeting with a girl and then adds that as he is typing he is listening to jazz singer Sarah Vaughan on the radio 2.
When the time comes to begin his famous adventures on the road, he recounts that he packed his canvas bag and departed for the west On the Road 12 ; he packs the same bag several years later on another trip west Visions of Cody Here Kerouac reintroduces one of his favorite images, the rainy night. Tristessa is linked to the Kerouac canon in other ways as well.
Kerouac includes the bit of the dream about his father simply because the memory of the dream flashed into his head as he was describing the scene with Tristessa. There are instances when the circumstances of composition intrude directly onto the page. Rather, his spontaneous prose style seems to insist that readers believe they are experiencing the text as it is being written, so Kerouac relies on a modified use of the suspension of disbelief; he welcomes readers to join him in the present moment.
The Romantics, also masters of this technique, wished to create the sense of immediacy in writing as well. Sound, sense, and apparent nonsense mingle in the prose. Some critics dismissed his efforts simply because of the rapid speed at which he frequently produced and the appearance of the prose on the page.
As Kerouac wrote to editor Robert Giroux in , the long dash gives the reader an advance visual signal that the sentence—its length based on breath—would be ending. Kerouac also relied on the Bible for justification of his spontaneous method.
Shortly after finishing his first novel, The Town and the City, Kerouac knew that his approach had not come close enough to rendering reality on the pages. After this transitional book, Kerouac began writing the prose that he had been building toward for years. The first section recalls the habit of Impressionist painters such as Cezanne and Renoir who lugged their palettes and easels out of the studios so that they could paint landscapes with immediacy and from direct observation.
For as many ways in which Kerouac and the Beat Generation artists were like the Impressionists, there are certainly many more ways in which they were different. Still, the comparison renders several key associations that help one understand that Kerouac was not simply a word-happy typist cranking out pages of unmediated flow. In a letter to his editor Malcolm Cowley, Kerouac admitted that he dissociated himself from analytical thinking and wrote as if he were reporting an endless dream.
This report is the Duluoz Legend, unified, he claimed, by its spontaneous language Letters Kerouac valued the spontaneous riffs of jazz as applied to prose, but he most appreciated the rhythmic quality of the language he was producing.
The most innovative jazz musicians understand the importance of exploring new musical ideas in the midst of their performances. They cannot say beforehand exactly what will happen in particular songs, but their musicianship, cultivated and evolved during long practice sessions, allows them to venture continually onto fresh ground. Their songs take on components of their immediate surroundings, their moods, and their interactions with other musicians. Kerouac succeeds in making something new.
Dissatisfied with the traditional narrative techniques that he proved a keen ability to produce in The Town and the City or The Dharma Bums, for example , Kerouac plowed new turf for writers. The following chapters chart the path that he followed as he developed his ability to write prose, from his first book to his last.
It is large, clamorous, packed with the observations of one flushed with excitement, and tempered with the too-complex world that rears in the present. It is a big book, one of the kind produced by writers who were avid readers in the s, believing that the Great American Novel lurked in the crevices of her own doorways and dim neighborhoods, awaiting only the proper chemistry of mind, talent, audacity, insight, and subject matter to be brought into the light.
Perhaps readers felt, as The New Yorker recommended in a review, that the book should be saved until there is absolutely nothing else to read.
Understanding The Town and the City is important in comprehending Kerouac. One cannot truly appreciate Kerouac and the complexity of the themes he would evolve throughout his career without reading his first book. After Scribners rejected the novel, Kerouac wondered if his book was turned down because it is too full of simple pleasures, too full of family life; he feared that financially successful novels were constructed around maliciousness, while his family-centered story would be seen as too sentimental.
The upbeat tone established by the Martin father does not sustain the children as they mature into the postwar world. Kerouac sets such frequently repeated words as gloom, brood, sad, and strange against words with brighter connotations, such as glee and gleam.
The image of reality reflected on water appears throughout the novel, with the unmistakable impression that for Kerouac the corporeal, the material, is ungraspable and ephemeral, but all the while truth lurks behind the image. Contemporary critics generally have ignored The Town and the City.
Instead it is an investigation of the interior family emotions and relationships as they would unfold in real life. However, much is going on in this book too. The Town and the City is a better book than critics generally give it credit for being, and ultimately it is significant in the Duluoz Legend for it unveils important themes that Kerouac would devote his career to developing. George hustles from his printing business to the horse races to big cigars and suppers in the Chinese restaurant.
He possesses the high-energy traits that attracted Kerouac throughout his career. This tone is an aspect of Romantic melancholy, a longing for le temps perdu as in Wolfe and Proust. Peter and other characters to a lesser extent feel the pressure to express some unsayable message, to embrace all of reality, to occupy the same experience; in short, he yearns to convey effectively the brotherhood of man, but he cannot. When he meets his girlfriend in New York City, he is despondent because he cannot tell her everything that has happened to him.
Peter possesses, as later Kerouac characters will as well, a pervasive sadness made more poignant by his inability to express it, to share his insights with others.
Kerouac later recalled that his youthful determination in writing The Town and the City stemmed from his yearning to recount, and thereby salvage, the difficult life he had lived to that point Vanity of Duluoz The story opens in , when Joe is seventeen, Francis is just beginning high school, and Peter is thirteen.
The book ends in , when Peter is twenty-four and on the road alone, hitchhiking west. When George loses his printing business, he accepts a variety of jobs to keep his family together. The Martins move to New York City—thus the title of the book—and gradually the family members disperse with no new children carrying on the family name of Martin. Quite early in the novel, young Mickey Martin has an epiphany of the sort that Kerouac records throughout his novels: a moment when one forgets who one is and why one is there.
Boosterism, good spirits, looking forward hopefully, giving it the old college try: none of these classic American optimisms could save George and protect his family.
The Martin children mature and see their parents as fumbling human beings, after all; and in the larger scheme that Kerouac merges into the family tale, the modern world no longer follows what the fathers of the last generation knew. Francis, too, realizes that adults—and specifically his father—misled children about the nature of the world they would grow into Like Laodicea, the once-great and boastful city of Bible times that disappeared in the Middle Ages, Galloway and its sense of place as an American refuge too falls away.
Peter wants to speak with his fellow footballers and break through the tough, masculine exteriors they present to each other. He longs to express a common understanding they each shared, to bring them somehow to a point of spiritual and emotional camaraderie that would supplant the merely physical teamship they exhibit on the football field Nevertheless, Peter cannot pierce the barriers of socially imposed behaviors.
There is the great human family, yet its most obvious demonstration is the nuclear family itself, which falls apart throughout the novel. On the other hand, Francis, in his decadence, severs all the connections he has had with his father. As the novel develops, two main relationships emerge, one between Peter and his father and one between Francis and Peter.
Francis is older than Peter and more jaded. The two brothers most clearly contrast their relationship in two conversations. Peter tries to illustrate that people of the world are real and sincere, a point Kerouac, like William Saroyan, spent his career attempting to prove. As they observe a hooked fish struggling in the shallow water, Peter brings up their earlier discussion. Francis and Joe regard Peter with warmth and kindness, comprehending somehow that he had brought their mutual feelings to light through his child-like apprehension of their individual sorrows Ultimately this is one important distinction between the father, a man tied to the things of the world, and the son who possesses a vision but not the ability to express it.
The discussions between Peter and his father in the kitchen sound like exchanges of a generation-gap debate.
The novel concludes with a quartet of deaths. Kerouac reveals in his letters and elsewhere that Thomas Wolfe woke him to the idea of America as a subject in itself, not as merely a geography where the struggles of life go on. Kerouac tries to capture the manifold activities of everyone at once, like those photograph books that feature pictures from all over the country at the same moment.
Peter adapts to postwar America by making new friends, including nineteen-year-old Leon Levinsky, a character Kerouac modeled on Allen Ginsberg.
Levinsky insists that simplicity has been lost—that instead the modern world is both complex and evil Although Peter denies that everyone has become deformed, guilty of inner shame, he does admit that some essential qualities of the country have changed since the war Although not his best book, The Town and the City is a strong first book, and Kerouac had the chance to work out the major themes and motifs that would remain imbedded in the Duluoz Legend.
Jack is in love with Tristessa, but he has taken a vow of sexual chastity which he reluctantly tries to honor. Tristessa appears to be in love with Jack. In the year that intervenes between the two parts of the novel, Jack works in a fire tower in the Northwest -- this story is told in Kerouac's "Desolation Angels" When he returns to Mexico City as narrated in part 2 of the book, Tristessa's life has deteriorated as she has become more hopelessly addicted.
Jack tries to rescue Tristessa from injury,overdose and possible death as he stays with her through the streets of Mexico City and tries to find her a home. He loses her to Gaines and realizes the impossibility of their relationship -- which, in the published text, remains unconsummated. At the close of the book, Jack dreams of writing "long sad tales about people in the legend of my life This part is my part of the movie".
And he invites the reader "let's hear yours. Kerouac told the story of his own troubled life in a series of novels that have stayed with me. It begins one fine morning with a few friends, honest laborers some of them, some close to being down-and-out, passing around a bottle of Yet it is only his private journals, in which he set down the raw material of his life and thinking, that reveal to us the real Kerouac.
In Windblown World Book of Haikus Jack Kerouac, Regina Weinreich Highlighting a lesser-known aspect of one of America's most influential authors, this new collection displays Jack Kerouac's interest in and mastery of haiku. Experimenting with this compact poetic genre throughout his career, Kerouac often included On the Road Jack Kerouac Jack Kerouac's classic novel of freedom and longing defined what it meant to be "Beat" and has inspired every generation since its initial publication more than forty years ago.
Early Stories and Other Writings Jack Kerouac Before Jack Kerouac expressed the spirit of a generation in his classic, On the Road, he spent years figuring out how he wanted to live and, above all, learning how to write. Desolation Angels Jack Kerouac "Desolation Angels explains even better than the other Kerouac novels what the place of religion may have been in the Beat mystique.
Pocket Poets Number 51 Jack Kerouac These classic Kerouac meditations, zen koans, and prose poems express the poet's beatific quest for peace and joy through oneness with the