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At a party in Bedford in 1995, Mary meets Jack and Neal, a couple of "angel headed hipsters," and the town’s very own local "Beats." After a "Beat Happening" at the public library, she joins them for a chaotic road trip, first to the English seaside resort of Brighton, and then to Ameri-ca, where, as they drive to San Francisco, Jack’s dreams prove hard to live with. The L

Paperback, 336 pages
Published August 11th 1998 by Minerva (first published 1997)
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Jun 22, 2011 Trevor rated it liked it
I found this book a little odd.
The opening was very good (written about Bob Dylan) and was enough to entice me to buy the book. However I felt conned since the rest of the book is unlike the first few pages, and disappointingly nowhere near as good.
The ending scenes set in America seemed rather contrived and the ending is one of the strangest and least satisfying I have ever come across, almost as if the author had to meet a deadline or thought enough was enough. If the latter was the reason t
Matti Karjalainen
Nuori nainen tutustuu englantilaisen käpykylän kahteen tekotaiteelliseen runopoikaan, jotka ovat lukeneet Jack Kerouacia vähän turhan intensiivisesti ja joiden maailma on pysähtynyt vuoteen 1966, hetkeen jolloin Bob Dylan mukamas kuoli moottoripyöräonnettomuudessa.

Toby Littin "Beatnikit" (Sammakko, 2008) pitää sisällään seksiä, kolmiodraamaa, Brightonin kivisiä rantoja, melko teennäisen automatkan läpi Yhdysvaltojen ja aika epäuskottavia henkilöhahmoja. Vaikka me kaikki kannammekin oletettavast
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This seems to be a book highly disregarded by Kerouac fans, but I think that this is just because they are looking to closely to find Jack in it. Because basically, this book would not exist if there was no On the road. The main character is Jack, who is a beatnik poet wannabe from English suburbia, and who always carries around a copy of On the road with him... Even though he is living in England in the 90s he believes that he lives in the 60s and that America is the promised land... But I like ...more
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What Toby Litt has done here is basically attempt to re-tell On the Road for a new generation. However, instead of the sprawling Americas of the 60's, its set in Brighton, England in the mid-90s.

Of course, it's a dumbed down, tounge-in-cheek. much shorter version that cannot be compared to Kerouac's epic. However, on its own, it is a fun book to read.

The plot is paper-thin and is basically about how Mary wants to get with Jack. Unfortunately Jack is with Maggie, and Jack's best bud - Neal - fal
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Dec 25, 2013 Matti rated it liked it
On vuosi 1995 uinuvassa perienglantilaisessa pikkukaupungissa, kun parikymppinen Mary kohtaa parin jätkän ja gimman beatnik-porukan kotibileissä. Tämä tiivis porukka elää omassa kuplassaan, jossa kaikki vuoden -66 jälkeinen on turhaa hapatusta ja epäcoolia. Maryä raivostuttaa jengin elitismi, mutta kokee kuitenkin inhonsekaista vetoa porukan johtajaan Jackiin. Seuraa omintakeinen kolmio(?)draama, joka huipentuu kaverusten suunnatessa yhdessä tien päälle.

Kerronnassa on imua, joka sai lukemaan te
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Stephen Hayes
I enjoyed this novel about wannabe beatniks in Bedford, England, perhaps because I too was a wannabe beatnik. The point here being that a wannabe beatnik is a wannabe wannabe, at two removes from the real thing. There were the Beats, a literary countercultural movement of the 1950s, and then there were their groupies, their hangers on, nicknamed "beatniks" by a journalist, by analogy with sputnik, the first artificial satellite to orbit the earth, launched from the Soviet Union in 1957, the year ...more
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Parilla eurolla antikvariaatista mukaan sattunut pokkari, joka toimi oikein mukavasti sairaspetilukemisena. Teennäisistä älyttömyyksistä huolimatta sujuva ja ulkopuolisuuden kokemukset tunnistettavia.
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Toby Litt was born in Bedfordshire, England, in 1968. He read English at Worcester College, Oxford, and studied Creative Writing at the University of East Anglia where he was taught by Malcolm Bradbury, winning the 1995 Curtis Brown Fellowship. He lived in Prague from 1990 to 1993 and published his first book, a collection of short stories entitled Adventures in Capitalism, in 1996.

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