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"The first clear development of the American Romantic prose since Hemingway, Kerouac's writing is full of mad sex, comedy, widescreen travel writing, and long lyrical evocations of American childhood and adolescent memories.""The Times" (London) "Kerouac's work represents the most extensive experiment in language and literary form undertaken by an American writer of his generation."Ann Douglas "Each book by Kerouac is unique, a telepathic discord. Such rich, natural writing is nonpareil in the later twentieth century."Allen Ginsberg "An outsider in America, Jack Kerouac was a true original."Ann Charters "
Jack Kerouac wrote a number of highly influential and popular novels - most famously the international best-seller ON THE ROAD - and is remembered as one of the key figures of the legendary Beat generation. As much as anything, he came to represent a philosophy, a way of life. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
This and Big Sur prove to me that Kerouac was worth all the hype. I as most started with On the Road. but soon graduated on to real literature. Read morePublished on March 13 2004 by philip hoffman
who cares about the story , i didnt i WAS SWEPT UP IN ITS ENERGY! THE AUDACITY OF IT, ITS LIKE HES COMPOSING SONE GREAT ORATORY SOME WALTZ,stompELECTRONIC MORSE CODE, CARRY ME HIGH... Read morePublished on Nov. 7 2003 by david
"The Subterraneans," in my opinion, is a must-read for serious Kerouac fans. It doesn't exhibit the manic, adventurous, and outgoing writer that we all know from "On... Read morePublished on Aug. 8 2003 by Patrick King
Jack Kerouac's 1953 book "Subterraneans" explores love, Hedonism, addiction and mystique (the aura of the Beat generation) all in a little more than 100 pages. Read morePublished on Aug. 6 2003 by K. Bentley
When you think of the 1950's, you envision carhops, Beaver Cleaver and Buddy Holly. What you don't think of is an underground world of sex and drugs dominated by poets and addicts. Read morePublished on May 6 2003 by Caris O'Malley
This is clearly a piece of Sophomoric garbage that is muddied up in order to appear deeper than it really is. Read morePublished on March 11 2003 by Timothy L. Atkinson
i've heard this book compared to the Dharma Bums by a number of people, but i don't like that comparisson. The entire mood and circumstances of this novel are quite different. Read morePublished on April 20 2002 by Pen Name?
Kerouac generates a lot of emotion because of the beatnik settings he uses, feelings which come from the same causes that created the beatniks, the desire to escape the pressures... Read morePublished on March 7 2002 by Simple tool