Big Sur

Paperback | June 1, 1992

byJack KerouacForeword byAram Saroyan

not yet rated|write a review
"Each book by Jack Kerouac is unique, a telepathic diamond. With prose set in the middle of his mind, he reveals consciousness itself in all its syntatic elaboration, detailing the luminous emptiness of his own paranoiac confusion. Such rich natural writing is nonpareil in later half XX century, a synthesis of Proust, Céline, Thomas Wolfe, Hemingway, Genet, Thelonius Monk, Basho, Charlie Parker, and Kerouac's own athletic sacred insight.

"Big Sur's humane, precise account of the extraordinary ravages of alcohol delirium tremens on Kerouac, a suerior novelist who had strength to complete his poetic narrative, a task few scribes so afflicted have accomplished—others crack up. Here we meet San Francisco's poets & recognize hero Dean Moriarty ten years after On the Road. Jack Kerouac was a 'writer,' as his great peer W.S. Burroughs says, and here at the peak of his suffering humorous genius he wrote through his misery to end with 'Sea,' a brilliant poem appended, on the hallucinatory Sounds of the Pacific Ocean at Big Sur." —Allen Ginsberg

Pricing and Purchase Info

$15.68 online
$21.00 list price (save 25%)
In stock online
Ships free on orders over $25
Prices may vary. why?
Please call ahead to confirm inventory.

From the Publisher

"Each book by Jack Kerouac is unique, a telepathic diamond. With prose set in the middle of his mind, he reveals consciousness itself in all its syntatic elaboration, detailing the luminous emptiness of his own paranoiac confusion. Such rich natural writing is nonpareil in later half XX century, a synthesis of Proust, Céline, Thomas ...

From the Jacket

"Each book by Jack Kerouac is unique, a telepathic diamond. With prose set in the middle of his mind, he reveals consciousness itself in all its syntatic elaboration, detailing the luminous emptiness of his own paranoiac confusion. Such rich natural writing is nonpareil in later half XX century, a synthesis of Proust, Céline, Thomas ...

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.

other books by Jack Kerouac

On The Road
On The Road

Paperback|Dec 28 1976

$17.27 online$23.00list price(save 24%)
On The Road: The Original Scroll: (penguin Classics Deluxe Edition)
On The Road: The Original Scroll: (penguin Classics Del...

Paperback|Aug 26 2008

$18.44 online$24.00list price(save 23%)
The Dharma Bums
The Dharma Bums

Paperback|May 27 1971

$13.93 online$17.00list price(save 18%)
see all books by Jack Kerouac
Format:PaperbackDimensions:256 pages, 7.76 × 5.04 × 0.47 inPublished:June 1, 1992Publisher:Penguin Publishing Group

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0140168125

ISBN - 13:9780140168129

Look for similar items by category:

Customer Reviews of Big Sur

Reviews

Rated 4 out of 5 by from Captivating read Sometimes easy to get lost but overall very visceral honest and sometimes relatable
Date published: 2014-03-22
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!!!!
Date published: 2006-08-23
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.
Date published: 2000-03-11