"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."
This is a book that will burden you - but you'll be better for it.
This book will be of greatest interest to readers with a strong passion for Kerouac who have read, for example, "On the Road", "The Dharma Bums" and "Tristessa".
Like all the Kerouac novels, the overriding point of this book is to show the beauty that lies within the tragedy of human life.
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 7 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 11 months ago by hunkadore
Desolation Angels is heaven and hell and the world and America and the Void and his Mom. Kerouac/Duluoz is a despicable, noble, earnest, loving, whiny, brilliant, loyal, weak,... Read morePublished 22 months ago by Robert R. Mitchell
I bought this book after spending several nights at the fire lookout on Desolation Peak that Jack stayed at for the summer near Ross Lake in Washington State.Published on January 26, 2013 by Michael
After reading the memoirs of Helen Weaver The Awakener: A Memoir of Kerouac and Joyce Johnson (Glassman) Minor Characters: A Beat Memoirthe Fifties, I wanted to read Kerouac's... Read morePublished on January 10, 2013 by Robin Friedman