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Tristessa by Jack Kerouac
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May 01, 2008

really liked it
bookshelves: beat-poets
Read in January, 1993

Another great Kerouac novel. This one is slim, about a brief love affair with a black girl in San Francisco. I heard he changed it from New York so it wouldn't be so obvious who it was about. A heartbreaking story, like most of Kerouac's love affairs turned out, because his heart was never really in it, or at least it only burned brightly for a little while then faded when he felt the road calling yet again.

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