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Jack Kerouac
Jack Kerouac (1922-1969), the central figure of the Beat Generation, was born in Lowell, Massachusetts, in 1922 and died in St. Petersburg, Florida, in 1969. Among his many novels are On the Road, The Dharma Bums, Big Sur, and Visions of Cody.Photo by USGov (National Archives) [Public domain],... show more



Jack Kerouac (1922-1969), the central figure of the Beat Generation, was born in Lowell, Massachusetts, in 1922 and died in St. Petersburg, Florida, in 1969. Among his many novels are On the Road, The Dharma Bums, Big Sur, and Visions of Cody.Photo by USGov (National Archives) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons.

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Birth date: March 12, 1922
Died: October 21, 1969
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Philosophical Musings of a Book Nerd
Philosophical Musings of a Book Nerd rated it 4 months ago
One of the main reasons that I decided to read this book, other than the fact that it happens to be a modern classic, is because I was reading an article in a Christian magazine that was complaining about how this book, and the motor car in general, is responsible for the promiscuous, permissive, an...
Bloodorange
Bloodorange rated it 2 years ago
I really wanted to give it two stars out of some residual reverence for Kerouac I still have. But no. Just no. This is, to me, Kerouac at his worst; his novels usually are much more plot- and character-driven, and this book demonstrates how crucial these two things are to his prose. In Big Sur, he ...
MarginMan
MarginMan rated it 2 years ago
Notable for the inclusions of "Fie My Fum" (with Ginsberg) and both versions of "Pull My Daisy" (with Ginsberg and Cassady) which it spawned. "Rimbaud" checks in at eight pages and "A Curse At the Devil" at six pages. Though they're not long enough to dominate the collection. There are samplings f...
What I am reading
What I am reading rated it 3 years ago
And the hippos were boiled in their tanks Jack Kerouac and William S. Burroughs (probably my favorite sentence of the book) :-)
What I am reading
What I am reading rated it 3 years ago
And the hippos were boiled in their tanks is a brilliant collaboration between Jack Kerouac and William S. Burroughs. Written in alternating perspectives they tell the story of a murder. The plot is basically a description of the journey of a group of young bohemian artists through New York - in t...
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