Jack's Book: An Oral Biography of Jack Kerouac

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Here, in what has become a classic of its kind since its publication in 1978, is the fascinating story of an American literary legend, recorded through the voices of the friends and lovers of Jack Kerouac, "King of the Beats." Authors Barry Gifford and Lawrence Lee retraced Kerouac's life at home and on the road, and talked with the prophets, musicians, poets, socialites, and working people who knew Kerouac. All have contributed to a remarkably vibrant, riveting portrait of a life.

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[ Jack's Book: An Oral Biography of Jack Kerouac - Greenlight By Gifford, Barry ( Author ) Paperback 2012 ]

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"If you're interested in what th talk of the Fifties sounded like, and if you believe that literature may just have something to do with life, then read this book." --"National Review"
"A fascinating literary and historical document, the most insightful look at the beat generation." --Dan Wakefield
"Lively in its inerspliced rhythmns and often compelling." --"Chicago Tribune"
""Jack's Book "is first-rate...if offers the flavor and depth of good fiction while keeping well within the realms of literal truth." -"-Saturday Review"
"The greatest value of "Jack's Book"...lies in the richness and depth...it is dynamic, mixing exceptionally well-written biography with oral journalism...it adds richness and depth to the previous portraits."
"A very immediate, crisp addition to the Kerouac papers--lively in its interspliced rhythms and...compelling."
"If you're interested in listening to what the talk of the Fifties sounded like, and if you believe that literature may just have something to do with life, then read this book."
"There have been biographies of Kerouac, but this is an entirely different and much more satisfying work...not a static portrait, but a slow-moving picture of a man unfolding from childhood to heartbreak end; a drama whose focus or clarity or completeness changes depending on who's holding the camera. An engrossing tale."
"A fascinating literary and historical document, the most insightful look at the beat generation."
--Dan Wakefield

"I suggest you read "Jack's Book"...Mr. Gifford and Mr. Lee seem to have interviewed everyone connected with Kerouac."
--Vincent Canby

"I consider "Jack's Book" an essential text--it gives a far more authentic and balanced picture of Jack than any existing biography."
--Joyce Johnson

"To read "Jack's Book" is to be present at a gathering of Kerouac's friends, colleagues, lovers, even his...enemies--of all the lives of Kerouac I have read, this one has the most life."
--James Campbell

"My God, it's just like Rashomon. Everybody lies and the truth comes out."
--Allen Ginsberg

""Jack's Book" is first rate...it offers the flavor and depth of good fiction while keeping well within the realm of literal truth."

"I suggest you read "Jack's Book."..Mr. Gifford and Mr. Lee seem to have interviewed everyone connected with Kerouac."
-- Vincent Canby
"The greatest value of "Jack's Book."..lies in the richness and depth...it is dynamic, mixing exceptionally well-written biography with oral journalism...it adds richness and depth to the previous portraits."

"A fascinating literary and historical document, the most insightful look at the beat generation."
-- Dan Wakefield
"There have been biographies of Kerouac, but this is an entirely different and much more satisfying work...not a static portrait, but a slow-moving picture of a man unfolding from childhood to heartbreak end; a drama whose focus or clarity or completeness changes depending on who's holding the camera. An engrossing tale."

"A very immediate, crisp addition to the Kerouac papers--lively in its interspliced rhythms and...compelling."

"If you're interested in listening to what the talk of the Fifties sounded like, and if you believe that literature may just have something to do with life, then read this book."

"My God, it's just like Rashomon. Everybody lies and the truth comes out."
-- Allen Ginsberg
"To read "Jack's Book" is to be present at a gathering of Kerouac's friends, colleagues, lovers, even his...enemies--of all the lives of Kerouac I have read, this one has the most life."
-- James Campbell
"I consider "Jack's Book" an essential text--it gives a far more authentic and balanced picture of Jack than any existing biography."
-- Joyce Johnson

"Jack s Book" is first rate it offers the flavor and depth of good fiction while keeping well within the realm of literal truth.

I suggest you read "Jack s Book" Mr. Gifford and Mr. Lee seem to have interviewed everyone connected with Kerouac.
Vincent Canby
The greatest value of "Jack s Book" lies in the richness and depth it is dynamic, mixing exceptionally well-written biography with oral journalism it adds richness and depth to the previous portraits.

A fascinating literary and historical document, the most insightful look at the beat generation.
Dan Wakefield
There have been biographies of Kerouac, but this is an entirely different and much more satisfying work not a static portrait, but a slow-moving picture of a man unfolding from childhood to heartbreak end; a drama whose focus or clarity or completeness changes depending on who s holding the camera. An engrossing tale.

A very immediate, crisp addition to the Kerouac papers lively in its interspliced rhythms and compelling.

If you re interested in listening to what the talk of the Fifties sounded like, and if you believe that literature may just have something to do with life, then read this book.

My God, it s just like Rashomon. Everybody lies and the truth comes out.
Allen Ginsberg
To read "Jack s Book" is to be present at a gathering of Kerouac s friends, colleagues, lovers, even his enemies of all the lives of Kerouac I have read, this one has the most life.
James Campbell
I consider "Jack s Book" an essential text it gives a far more authentic and balanced picture of Jack than any existing biography.
Joyce Johnson"

Jack s Book is first rate it offers the flavor and depth of good fiction while keeping well within the realm of literal truth.

I suggest you read Jack s Book Mr. Gifford and Mr. Lee seem to have interviewed everyone connected with Kerouac.
Vincent Canby
The greatest value of Jack s Book lies in the richness and depth it is dynamic, mixing exceptionally well-written biography with oral journalism it adds richness and depth to the previous portraits.

A fascinating literary and historical document, the most insightful look at the beat generation.
Dan Wakefield
There have been biographies of Kerouac, but this is an entirely different and much more satisfying work not a static portrait, but a slow-moving picture of a man unfolding from childhood to heartbreak end; a drama whose focus or clarity or completeness changes depending on who s holding the camera. An engrossing tale.

A very immediate, crisp addition to the Kerouac papers lively in its interspliced rhythms and compelling.

If you re interested in listening to what the talk of the Fifties sounded like, and if you believe that literature may just have something to do with life, then read this book.

My God, it s just like Rashomon. Everybody lies and the truth comes out.
Allen Ginsberg
To read Jack s Book is to be present at a gathering of Kerouac s friends, colleagues, lovers, even his enemies of all the lives of Kerouac I have read, this one has the most life.
James Campbell
I consider Jack s Book an essential text it gives a far more authentic and balanced picture of Jack than any existing biography.
Joyce Johnson"

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