Big Sur by Jack KerouacBig Sur by Jack Kerouac

Big Sur

byJack KerouacForeword byAram Saroyan

Paperback | June 1, 1992

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A poignant masterpiece of wrenching personal expression from the author of On the Road and The Dharma Bums

In this 1962 novel, Kerouac's alter ego Jack Duluoz, overwhelmed by success and excess, gravitates back and forth between wild binges in San Francisco and an isolated cabin on the California coast where he attempts to renew his spirit and clear his head of madness and alcohol. Only nature seems to restore him to a sense of balance. In the words of Allen Ginsberg, Big Sur "reveals consciousness in all its syntactic elaboration, detailing the luminous emptiness of his own paranoiac confusion."

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.
Title:Big SurFormat:PaperbackDimensions:256 pages, 7.8 × 5.1 × 0.5 inPublished:June 1, 1992Publisher:Penguin Publishing Group

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ISBN - 10:0140168125

ISBN - 13:9780140168129

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Unfortunately read it in French Yet the writing style and depth transcended the translation. A truly superb read!
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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Captivating read Sometimes easy to get lost but overall very visceral honest and sometimes relatable
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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Kerouac's demise shows his strength This book gives a new perspective on the mystic lifestyle that Kerouac talks about in his more famous books, On the Road and The Dharma Bums. He is utterly destroyed as a man by alcohol and expectations. The way that he snaps into and out of an emotional breakdown is an extremely personal account of his demise. It takes a powerful spirit to share such weakness. Amazing book for realizing you are not alone!!!!
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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Person If you call Big Sur sad, you've missed the point. It's Kerouac's big breakdown, complete with a full mental image of everything holy. Is it sad for a person to die? Maybe, but I find death's inevitability to be somewhat soothing. I think Jack would share this feeling. Read Big Sur and realize what fame and alcoholism can do to a man. Then rejoice.
Date published: 2002-05-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Sad Downfall This book shows what happens to Jack after his days "On The Road", when success, alcohol and age have seriously gotten him down. It is so sad to see what he becomes. A great, sad story for anyone, but especially the Kerouac fans who wondered whatever happened to Jack.
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Editorial Reviews

"In many ways, particularly in the lyrical immediacy that is his distinctive glory, this is Kerouac's best book . . . certainly, he has never displayed more 'gentle sweetness.'" --San Francisco Chronicle  "Kerouac's grittiest novel to date and the one which will be read with most respect by those skeptical of all the Beat business in the first place." --The New York Times Book Review "Big Sur is so devastatingly honest and painful and yet so beautifully written....He was sharing his pain and suffering with the reader in the same way Dostoyevsky did, with the idea of salvation through suffering." --David Amram