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Μοναχικός ταξιδιώτης

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Σ’ αυτό το θαυμαστό και γεμάτο ένταση βιβλίο ο Τζακ Κέρουακ διατρέχει τα παράλια του Λος Άντζελες, το Μεξικό, τη Νέα Υόρκη, το Μαρόκο και το Λονδίνο. Παρουσιάζει έναν άντρα που ταξιδεύει, ζει κι ερωτεύται ελεύθερα. Αποκαλύπτει έναν τρόπο ζωής—τη ζωή του δρόμου. Παρουσιάζει ακόμη την αποκλειστικά δική του φιλοσοφία της αυτοεκπλήρωσης. Ο Μοναχικός Ταξιδιώτης είναι ένα κλειδί ...more
Paperback, 221 pages
Published December 1996 by Πλέθρον (first published 1960)
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Sophie
Sep 22, 2016 Sophie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
And I saw how everybody dies and nobody's going to care. I felt how it is to live just so you can die like a bull trapped in a screaming human ring.

Το απόσπασμα δίνει ακριβώς τον τόνο της μελαγχολίας που διατρέχει όλα τα διηγήματα της συγκεκριμένης συλλογής. Με την επιθυμία της φυγής, του ταξιδιού, ως κέντρο βάρους, η νατουραλιστική πρόζα του Kerouac περιγράφει την περιδιάβασή του στις πόλεις σαν σε πραγματικό χρόνο, με επιμονή στις λεπτομέρειες, αλλά και με ελλειπτικό χαρακτήρα - με προτάσεις δ
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Jim Leckband
Jul 24, 2013 Jim Leckband rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Forget On the Road, this is the book to read of Kerouac. "On the Road" is fine, but is hampered by Kerouac's thinly disguised hankering after Dean Moriarty (Neal Cassady in real life). If Kerouac would have wrote about that elephant in the room it would have been a better book. The whole book I was going "Hey, Sal, the guys a sociopath, get over it!".

In any case, those problems aren't in this collection of essays on the traveling life Kerouac had in the late 40's and 50's. Thank God he is loneso
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Diana
Apr 11, 2012 Diana rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Автобиография на Джак Керуак, в която гари и влакове, американски улици и пейзажи, кораби и автобуси, океани, равнини и планини, горещи мексикански момичета, симпатични френски ученички, индианци, просяци, мексиканци, бродяги, араби, моряци, Уилям Бъроуз и Хенри Милър, опиум, марихуана и шамани, Танжер, Франция и Англия, писатели, поети и художници, самотни хижи, приюти и хотели, музика, алкохол и храна, барове, закусвални и ресторанти са животът му - едно самотно пътешествие не само по света, н ...more
Mel
Dec 19, 2012 Mel rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I started reading this on the US election day. It seemed appropriate somehow. This book was a little odd in that it was re-telling stories he'd covered in other novels, but I really enjoyed the way he told them in this. It was definitely some of his more beautiful prose, in particular the first story about meeting his friend. It was one of those great Kerouac descriptions were nothing much happens except two people bum around a bit, and it's simply engrossing. I also really enjoyed his descripti ...more
David A Johnson
Nov 03, 2012 David A Johnson rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a bunch of short-ish pieces put together by the common theme of Kerouac being alone and going all everywhere.

It's my favorite thing of his I've read yet, and it's mainly because it's easier for me to take him in small doses than large. I don't consider myself to have a short attention span, but reading him, often I'll start to turn to go to the next page then realize my brain has been off on something else while my eyes scanned the words.

Reading (quietly) out loud helped a lot to keep fo
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Jason
Jun 12, 2015 Jason rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2015
It took me a couple of chapters to get into this book, once Jack started writing about working on trains, you could really feel his love for trains and I was able to get into the story then.

This is a collection of stories from Jack's travels, featuring America, Mexico, Morocco, Paris and London. I was looking forward to reading about his time in Europe, I wanted to compare his experience to Henry Miller and George Orwell, but it was very different, it was all very spiritual for him, all those o
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Arthur Graham
A lot of this was pretty redundant, given the autobiographical nature of his fiction, but it was still a nice little window into the stories behind the stories.
Tito Quiling, Jr.
Nov 15, 2012 Tito Quiling, Jr. rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: travel, non-fiction
I'm still at a point where I don't think I will be tired of reading any Kerouac book soon because of this strong connection to his writings -- about the uncertainties in life and the need to move.

Lonesome Traveler is a compilation of narratives that has one common theme: travel. Although others have stated that Kerouac's dependence on his mother and at times, his aunt for financial support as he was writing his novels is less than commendable, I find his persistence in continuing to move quite
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Axel Marazzi
Oct 02, 2013 Axel Marazzi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Terminé «Viajero solitario», de Jack Kerouac. Es el primer libro de relatos que leo y es espectacular.

En él toca temas como los vagabundos; su viaje a Europa cuando ya había empezado a ser un escritor reconocido; su trabajo en el barco; en la montaña, la religión, habla de Nueva York -el lugar donde mejor se desenvuelve-.

Todos temas que toca en otras novelas más en profundidad.

Me impresiona y emociona la manera en la que Kerouac describe gente que él quiso o apreció. Me pasó lo mismo en «On the
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Max Nemtsov
May 26, 2014 Max Nemtsov rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: translated
Конденсированный Керуак. Все темы, весь диапазон приемов - от ономатопеи и "спонтанного письма" до тру-журналистики, практически весь спектр персонажей - и вновь по тому же кругу мирской суеты, что и в остальных книгах, но вкратце. Если начинать с Керуаком знакомство, то, я бы сказал, лучше именно с этой книжки.

Человек здесь - и герой-рассказчик, и читатель с ним заодно - в непрестанном поиске нуль-родины. Это, пожалуй, свойственно всем битникам и всем их текстам, но в "Одиноком страннике" ощуща
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Magdelanye
What a great book to find in the hostel where I am staying.
It certainly reveals the man under the myth,and what stands out for me is his integrity and fearless spirit.From the introduction he gives quite a different picture than critics and most fans derive:

Always considered writing my duty on earth.Also the preachment of universal kindness which hysterical critics have failed to notice...Am actually not beatbut strange solitary crazy Catholic mystic....

Well well well.

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Matthew White
Dec 29, 2014 Matthew White rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: beat
A continuation of the conversationalist and sensationalist style that we know. Kerouac's elongated sentences, unorthodox usage of grammar and atypical writing methods is as cumbersome here as it ever was. There's no sense faulting his manipulation of the senses through the written word, but the stories herein are presumably much better heard in the midst of a smoky, whiskey-soaked beat poetry bar, somewhere in the caverns of New York.
Andy
Apr 28, 2009 Andy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: jazznbeats
Pretty likable collection of short pieces written by Ti-Jean chronicling his railroading man days, jazz parties guzzling dago red piss and more mountaintop madness. Most of it rocks and his stream of consciousness style which rules this book keeps the action fresh and frisky.
Col
Feb 11, 2013 Col rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2012, k
Quite possibly the worst book I read in 2012.
At some point, I stuck pins in my eyes and poured bleach into my ears, just so I could experience a different sort of pain.

How thankful I am that I don't have any more Kerouac on my shelves
Shashi Martynova
Восхитительный трип. Керуак - мой Белый Кролик. Травелог большого ребенка.
dete
Oct 10, 2016 dete rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
братко, Джак, като твоята поезия друга няма.

капитанът надува малката си свирка и невидимата огромна вечност на бавната корабна маневра приключва
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в този миг барабанът на оркестъра издумква, отново става тихо като облак, минаващ пред слънцето, чуваш как се разбива бутилката на някой пияница на миля навътре в жестоката испанска зелена благоуханна провинция
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Шейсет и три залеза изгледах аз от този отвесен хълм - луди, бушуващи залези
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Кремена Михайлова
„Бродягата разполага с два часовника, които не мога да се купят в „Тифани“ – на едната китка носи слънцето, на другата – луната, на каишки от небе.“

„ДУШАТА НА БРОДЯГАТА Е ИЗТЪКАНА ОТ ГОРДОСТ, тъй като той не общува с никого освен със себе си, с други бродяги и може би с някое куче.“

„Великото чувство, че влизаш в Чистата земя, още повече, че е толкова близо до враждебните физиономии от Аризона и Тексас и целия Югозапад, но можеш да откриеш това чувство, това фелахско отношение към живота, това щ
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Karen
Dec 04, 2013 Karen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm giving this book 4 stars for the last part, The Vanishing American Hobo. In this, Kerouac is not really lamenting the lost hobo life or glamorizing it. He's depicting it as both a loss of freedom and as a life that is full of sorrow and lonliness. His descriptions of hobo life in the wilderness as somewhat romantic, and hobo life in the city, especially NY, as lonely and dangerous. He poignantly writes about the way society, while becoming more suburban and prosperous in the 1950's, is much ...more
Simona
Oct 25, 2013 Simona rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I romanzi di Kerouac sono sempre stati contorniati da libertà e follia.
Leggendo i suoi romanzi, si ha la sensazione di pensare e dire : "Cavolo, quest'uomo ha vissuto". Ebbene sì, Kerouac ha vissuto. Ha condotto una vita all'eccesso, tra anfetamine, cannabis, codeina, ha vissuto le mille emozioni della sua vita e questo libro ne è la testimonianza più palese.
"Viaggiatore solitario" non è altro che un documento di viaggio che parte dall'America e attraversa la California, Seattle, Marocco, Tang
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R.
Nov 11, 2012 R. rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Each chapter in this loose travelogue appears to be the warm up for one of Kerouac's novels. Entire passages are identical in Lonesome Traveler and the subsequent novel. However, Traveler has additional bits of each tale which either explain more about the adventures in the novel, or which are totally new adventures in themselves. In this latter case, many show a much seamier side of the hobo life, in which the traveler's life is often threatened.

The final chapter of the book laments societal ch
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J.P.
Oct 17, 2007 J.P. rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: literary fiction fans, short story fans
I first read this book in the form of a crumbling first edition I was lucky to get through interlibrary loan. Most Kerouac titles were out of print back then; few libraries would loan them out.

Truman Capote claimed to have invented 'reportage'---nonfiction utilizing the format of fiction. He didn't. Kerouac did---and LONESOME TRAVELER kicks the ass of any reportage Capote ever did.

A major part of Kerouac's image is the globe-trotting he did. In this book, JK recounts many of the trips he took a
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S.J. Pettersson
Mar 29, 2013 S.J. Pettersson rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: worn-spines
So often the first line of a novel establishes the whole book. That surely is the case here as well:
"HERE DOWN ON DARK EARTH,
before we all go to Heaven
VISIONS OF AMERICA"
But in this case, it is the last paragraph that practically knocks you senseless:
"In evil roads behind gas tanks where murderous dogs snarl from behind wire fences cruisers suddenly leap out like getaway cars but from a crime more secret, more baneful than words can tell. The woods are full of wardens."

That and the beatific st
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Mike Good
This was an interesting read, but only recommended for those deeply interested in the beats. What I liked about it, is it is a very intimate chronicle without any fictive veils on how Kerouac lived his life, and received the world around him. At it's worst it was written in the style of a less gruesome Burroughs novel. My favorite times were the passages where Kerouac spends a summer in solitude, working for the US Forestry service, and subsequently travels to Europe. "God is in all things that ...more
Jennifer Barrett
It left me breathless as his stream-of-conscious benny-induced hysteria always does. I find I read faster as the tempo prompts by run-on sentences and staccato phrases crescendo and then..it's over. I realize I haven't taken a breath in some time and my lungs are on fire. And I collapse in a heap of fatigue delirium and satisfaction and I understand. You don't read Kerouac. You experience him, you breathe him, you ingest him. He becomes part of you. And if you disagree, well..we just can't be fr ...more
Veronika KaoruSaionji
I read this because this was the most beloved book of Sumire, heroine of Murakamis novel Sputnik sweetheart. I read Kerouacs On the road in my high school times and I loved it (I dont remember much about this book, only that I enjoyed it pretty well). But this book is certainly not my cup of tea. Maybe I have changeg during past ten years so much that I cannot love Kerouacnovels anymore? Or is On the road and Lonesome traveller so different? I dont know....
Maybe I should re-read On the road.
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Kate
Sep 01, 2009 Kate rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was really hard to get into at first. His style of writing in this book I found to be very choppy, instead of just stating what he wanted to state he does so in a very round about way. I like that he was the main character in this book and drew from his own life. I found this was a good insight into how his other books came to be. All in all I liked this but it was hard to read a lot of it at once.
Tyson Heck
Mar 19, 2017 Tyson Heck rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Maddening is a good word. It's used on the back cover by John Clellon Holmes, among other adjectives, to describe Jack Kerouac's writing. It's not meant to be insulting; I think anyone who has read Kerouac, Wolfe, Kesey, or any of the other dharma writers of that time period can attest to their styles as being somewhat chaotic. Turbulent. Helter-skelter.

To me, Kerouac writes jazz. His intentions are between the words, so to speak, an artistic style of writing that peaks and valleys as fast as t
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Nate Naylor
Oct 10, 2007 Nate Naylor marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
I try and space out my Kerouac reading in a 4 normal books to 1 Kerouac books. I have loved every book of his, once I got past the first 20 pages of On the Road for the fifth time. I am staggering him out simply becuase I would just sit down and read them all at once.
Eleanor Dunn
Mar 22, 2015 Eleanor Dunn rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
One of my favourite Kerouacs so far. I forgot where I was, forgot I was even reading. Kerouac's prose is endlessly mesmerising, uninhibited and truthful. As with On the Road, I know I will re-read Lonesome Traveler when I need it most, to watch both the wonder and horror of the world and still be filled with optimism. I absolutely loved this book and was sad to finish it.
Sorin Hadârcă
I suppose a lot of text is just poetry. It has rhythm but it lacks meaning. Hardly intelligible save for the 'Alone on a Mountaintop' which is pure nirvana. But we've seen it already in the 'Dharma Bums'.
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Born on March 12, 1922, in Lowell, Massachusetts, Jack Kerouac's writing career began in the 1940s, but didn't meet with commercial success until 1957, when On the Road was published. The book became an American classic that defined the Beat Generation. Kerouac died on October 21, 1969, from an abdominal hemorrhage, at age 47.
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“Thinking of the stars night after night I begin to realize 'The stars are words' and all the innumerable worlds in the Milky Way are words, and so is this world too. And I realize that no matter where I am, whether in a little room full of thought, or in this endless universe of stars and mountains, it’s all in my mind.” 84 likes
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