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Visions of Cody by Jack Kerouac
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Sep 26, 10

bookshelves: beat-other

The flip-side to On the Road. It's long, it's frustrating and by turns pretentious and sublime. It's bars, diners, movie-house balconies, red-brick buildings, bums, girls, highways and Joan Rawshanks in the Fog. It's a long rambling patchwork of tapes, scribbles and notebooks written by a romantic bent on self-destruction.

Why do I like Visions of Cody so much? Maybe simply because I read it at the right time in life. One of those books we all have that did it for us.

Read On the Road first, then maybe the Dharma Bums or Desolation Angels. Then Cody will be there "rushing and gliding like Groucho Marx in heaven" whenever you feel like taking the ride.
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