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The Subterraneans by Jack Kerouac
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really liked it
bookshelves: beatniks, fiction

There they are -- the Subterraneans -- drunk as skunks while they burble on about literature and their love lives. Jack Kerouac (Leo Percepied in the book) wants nothing more than spend all his hours with these pseudo-intellectual lowlifes, but at the same time attempt to maintain a relationship with Mardou Fox, a young black woman. The Subterraneans is the story of this relationship and how it winds to a close with Jack deciding in the end he wanted life on his own boozy terms.

The pity of it is that Jack really appears to have loved Mardou, and Mardou was worth the trouble. Jack writes about himself as a not terribly lovable character, as essentially unworthy. So he gives up and returns to the "boys."
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Reading Progress

December 15, 2015 – Started Reading
December 15, 2015 – Shelved
December 15, 2015 – Shelved as: to-read
December 15, 2015 – Shelved as: beatniks
December 15, 2015 – Shelved as: fiction
December 15, 2015 –
page 61
47.66% ""I'll just at some time cut out and get me another girl, white, white thighs, etc., and it'll have been a great affair and I hope I don't hurt her tho." -- Ha!"
December 16, 2015 – Finished Reading

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