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"Kerouac was a breath of fresh air when he came on the literary scene. He was also a force, a tragedy, a triumph, and an ongoing influence, and that influence is still with us."
"Kerouac ... defines the sensibilites of members of his own subgeneration: we knew them as wearing such guises as the Beat Generation, the Subterraneans, the Dharma Bums; now we see them as Desolation Angels, sadly pursuing their empty futilities..."
"Each book by Kerouac is unique, a telepathic discord. Such rich natural writing is nonpareil in later 20th century, a synthesis of Proust, Celine, Thomas Wolfe, Hemingway, Genet, Thelonius Monk, Basho, Charlie Parker and Kerouac's own athletic sacred insight. Jack Kerouac was a 'writer' as his great peer William S. Burroughs says."
Jack Kerouac (1922-1969), the central figure of the Beat Generation, was born in Lowell, Massachusetts, in 1922 and died in St. Petersburg, Florida, in 1969. Among his many novels are On the Road, The Dharma Bums, Big Sur, and Visions of Cody.
Full of despairing, incoherent digressions, Kerouac charts the period following DHARMA BUMS, and ends with the publication of ON THE ROAD. Read morePublished on May 27 2008 by Jon E. Ross
If you've read On the Road, then this is a must read. It is a true journey into the mind of a madman. Read morePublished on June 25 2004 by Rob
Perfect, absolutly perfect. Just like Dharma Bums, I had to take my time reading this book because every WORD is so important. Kerouac is a god.Published on March 22 2002 by C. Olson
Let me tell you a story. I had just come down to
San Francisco after a couple of years of bumming
around the Great Northwest. Read more
This book has been described as the journal of Jack losing himself. Some critics state that when he came back down from his time of solitude on Desolation Mountain begins his... Read morePublished on May 16 2000 by Jamasiel X
Desolation Angels is by far my favorite Keruoac book. I own eight other Keruoac books, and this was one of the quickest reads, most emotional, spriritual, honest books you'll ever... Read morePublished on May 12 2000 by Neil S.
In an era where taking your backpack and your self out onto the open road is a non-existant practice Kerouac brings us right back there with this novel. Read morePublished on May 1 2000 by Lane2016@aol.com
Wonderful novel by Jack Kerouac. We sense his deep loneliness and reevaluation of his life during his 63-day stay atop Desolation Peak in Mt. Read morePublished on March 19 2000 by deadkerouac
From Desolation Peak to the down trodden journey on a beat-up boxcar this book was fantastic. As far as one of his better books, it's not, but hey all of them are fantastic. Read morePublished on Jan. 13 2000 by Sean A. Leischner