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Big Sur by Jack Kerouac
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I think this is Kerouac's most honest work. On the Road is awesome and I love it's exuberance for life and experience, but it's ultimately a book of youth- all go go go without a thought or consideration of others or consequences. that's fine when you're 25, 26, 27... but as I've gotten older, I've come to regard On the Road as somewhat "blind" exuberance... and Big Sur is the cliff that Kerouac jumps right off full speed with his eyes open. Big Sur is a crack-up book and it shows how Kerouac lost his mind to alcohol. In this book, Kerouac describes his regimin of drinking in painful detail, and still manages to sound somewhat go go go ish in boyish On the Road terms. Jack never grew up, as we can see by the unconvincing ending to this book- all hell and horror falling apart and then- Bam! Everything is Fine... right. Kerouac would die a few years later from an abdominal hemmorage caused by gut rot from too much wine. He documented his horror, but couldn't escape.
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message 1: by Sam (new) - rated it 4 stars

Sam Forest i agree with you in the fact that it is his honest work but i have to say a lot of it was Kerouac getting things off of his chest or at least thats how i felt because he just seemed like a depressed nihilist in this one because he was mainly off of his budhism kick and everything so in honesty yes it was better but still if you want a book that pushes the norm and catches you by suprise i would have to say on the road was better. I'm glad that you took such an insite into kerouac's work it makes me feel good that not all of america is becoming as brainless as the media would make us think.


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