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Old Angel Midnight

3.82  ·  Rating Details  ·  219 Ratings  ·  16 Reviews
Old Angel Midnight" (1959) was one result of Kerouac's automatic writing experiments in which he would spill his chemically inspired thoughts onto paper to see what came out. Though Kerouac was initially denounced by literary critics as an oddball, his spontaneous twistings and turnings of language rate well with those of Joyce and Stein, and time has proven him to be an i ...more
Hardcover, 67 pages
Published January 1st 1993 by Grey Fox Press (first published 1973)
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    Aug 21, 2012 Mat rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
    Certainly the most intriguing and challenging of Kerouac's works that I have read to date, at the same time it feels like there is great meaning which lies hidden just below the surface, just out of reach. This was an incredibly brave move from Kerouac (some might say even 'foolish' as it was bound to invite derision from the anti-Kerouac crusade launched by the press and which still exists to some degree to this day). It is also Jack at his MOST spontaneous.

    I have a feeling that Jack lamented t
    Dec 19, 2011 Adriane rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    This is one of my favorite book of poetry ever, I think because it's so surreal. Poetry often escapes me because I don't have the patience for interpretation. I like prose because it is either telling me an interesting story, or teaching me about something. Poetry generally does neither of those things, it is more like feelings turned into words and that is pretty confusing for me, as if I have no point of reference I cannot share the feeling being expounded upon. It must just be the way my brai ...more
    Kris - My Novelesque Life
    Written by Jack Kerouac
    JULY 12, 2016; 94 Pages
    City Lights Publishers
    Genre: poetry

    (I received an ARC from the EDELWEISS in exchange for an honest review.)

    Straight up truth...I don't think I am smart enough for Kerouac! While I enjoyed reading it out loud I have no clue what any of it meant. I did enjoy going through the book and it is SO beatnik!

    k (My Novelesque Life)
    Chris Meger
    Jun 02, 2008 Chris Meger rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
    This is a book that must be enjoyed out loud. Read it to yourself, or better, have someone you love read it to you. Wonderful.
    Aug 05, 2007 Donnie rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
    Recommends it for: not many
    Shelves: poetry
    I read this because I thought it meant I was sophisticated. I was an idiot, and this book is really really bad.
    Apr 30, 2008 Mel rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    Rhythmic perfection. Kerouac embodies all that is holy.
    Jun 19, 2007 Laura rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
    Shelves: teaching
    reading the book again this time to teach abut automatic writing works agains the automatic wiring of the brain jack kerouac listens to what his window says. it was his "other" project, a collection of the world's sounds and connection to his Buddha-self the swirling and ecstasy of the sounds that create life, the seed syllables of the ancient creation. do you teach by talking do you teach by having others talk do you teach by writing do you teach by having others write. imagine: it is summer ou ...more
    Normally, I try to post my short little reviews right after I've read the book. I debated what to rate the book though. Two stars? One star? Just burn the thing and be done with it?? It was, of course, a library book so I did not have the option of burning, and this morning I finally decided on three stars.

    I am freely admitting here that I did not understand the book/poem. I do not think/believe Old Angel Midnight was even meant to be understood, but the language is engaging. The sounds the poet
    Stefano Minichilli
    Syncopate bop writin' delicious me
    Mar 19, 2016 Lydia rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
    I couldn't finish it. It was literally just a bunch of ramblings with words from other languages and made-up speech. I only enjoyed a few passages and the rest was just gibberish. I can feel kerouac's egotistical side coming up in this writing and it unnerved me to no end.
    Jul 20, 2013 Greg rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
    a fun read for Jack enthusiasts. more naughty language than normal, which felt refreshing because there is much ground to cover here; along with flashing midnight stars, San Fran streets, Lowell rivers, beer soaked bar room floors, and the eyelashes of Beat poets).
    Jun 19, 2011 Benito is currently reading it  ·  review of another edition
    well, listening actually - came across a reading by some well versed readers, and really, this is a free-style rant very much in the poetic aural tradition, so that works, until I come across the text as some point...
    Jason Yarborough
    I used to have the first stanza memorized. It took over a minute to recite and was probably very annoying at parties...
    Nov 26, 2014 Marina rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
    Della serie: bisogna pubblicare tutto ciò che ha scritto Kerouac perché tira. Ma che è?!
    Jon Shaw
    Sep 29, 2011 Jon Shaw rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
    Drunken ramblings of a once great man.
    m. soria
    Aug 03, 2008 m. soria rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    kerouac at his finest.
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    Learn to breathe. 1 5 Oct 11, 2008 12:53AM  
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