"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.
I was surprised by Jack's poor writing. I purchased the book for research so I'm not disappointed.Published 2 months ago by LARRY KRACKLE
Desolation Angels (1965) is Jack Kerouac's chronicle of his life in the period between the end of The Dharma Bums, when he takes a job with the forest service in summer 1956 as a... Read morePublished 4 months ago by M. Buzalka
All of Kerouac's books are one big book strung together and many repetitions -Probably read "Big Sur " for most insight into the man.
A difficult book to read. A disappointing classic, I would not recommend Kerouac.Published 12 months ago by Gros Plan
Okay all you Kerouac buffs. I know you're gonna kill me for this; but THIS and not 'On the Road' is my favorite book of his ever. Buy it, turn to p. 122 and read that. Read morePublished 17 months ago by hunkadore