’And WHO KILLED JACK KEROUAC the man? A spy in his body known as Jack Kerouac the writer.’ William Burroughs
Unmistakably autobiographical, Big Sur, Kerouac's ninth novel, was written as the 'King of the Beats' was approaching middle-age and reflects his struggle to come to terms with his own myth. The magnificent and moving story of Jack Duluoz, a man blessed by great talent and cursed with an urge towards self-destruction, Big Sur is at once Kerouac's toughest and his most humane work.
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‘Big Sur has a swing and a concern with living, a feeling for nature, a self-doubting humour and an awareness of posture which puts it squarely in the powerful tradition of American folk writing. Stunning and vivid.’ Sunday TimesFrom the Back Cover:
"In 'Big Sur', the mirror of the Beat way of life is hammered at and it shatters. The Kerouac hero "cracks up" while doing the things he has always liked best to do."
NEW YORK TIMES
'It's the first trip I've taken away from the home since the publication of 'On the Road', the book that "made me famous" and in fact so much so I've been driven mad for three years by endless telegrams, phonecalls, requests, mail, visitors, reporters, snoopers… Drunken visitors puking in my study, stealing books and even pencils – me drunk practically all the time to put on a jovial cap to keep up with all this but finally realising I was surrounded and outnumbered and had to get away to solitude again or die…'
"And who killed Jack Kerouac the man? A spy in his body known as Jack Kerouac the writer."
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Book Description Flamingo, 2001. Paperback. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # 0007115172
Book Description Flamingo, 2001. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # DADAX0007115172