Dan Leo's Reviews > The Subterraneans
Dan Leo's review
Jan 11, 2019
Written in three nights – and, yes, for good and ill it reads that way – it boils down to the story (according to Kerouac, a true story, with the names changed and the location switched from Greenwich Village to San Francisco) of a Canuck-American writer in his early thirties in the early 1950s who falls for a ten-years younger African American “bohemian” woman. They’re both fragile psychological messes, and he’s a drunk – the affair flairs up, burns bright, and then his drunken antics and his weakness kills the fire. It reminded me of one crazy sweaty drunken summer affair I had when I was a few years younger than the guy in this book – insanity feeding off insanity, the highs are very, very high, the lows are very, very low...
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January 11, 2019 – Shelved
January 11, 2019 – Finished Reading