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Dr. Sax Paperback – January 13, 1994
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There are several layers to the story. The first is the recounting of Kerouac's childhood in Lowell, Mass. His imagery is bold and imbued with power. Descriptions of the town and his experiences there easily pull the reader in. You can hear the cold rush of the river. You can see the streets, the crooked trees, the gray smoke. You can feel the snowy shadowy dread of winter. You can even feel the childhood excitement of made up games and secret worlds.
The second layer of this story is Kerouac's wildly rich imaganitive world, which plays out in unison with his daily romps with neighborhood friends and family. Here is where the story is truly remarkable. Dr. Sax is a figure of Jack's imagination. He is personal and archetypal, a complex of adolescence and creeping maturity. At once sinister and intriguing, Dr. Sax leaps through the pages like a summoner. You want to rush after him. But childhood distracts and the mundane world draws back both your and Kerouac's attention time and time again. What Kerouac has done is brilliantly bring to life the secret fantasy world of the child. And he has done so without the slightest kitsch or fuzziness.Read more ›
"Dr. Sax" differs from "On the Road" and the other books in the LOA collection in that it is set in Lowell, Massachusetts, the town where Kerouac grew up. Lowell is a small mill town on the banks of the Merrimack River. During Kerouac's boyhood, it was home to a substantial French-Canadian immigrant population, to a community of Greek Americans and to several other diverse ethnic groups. Kerouac's parents were both immigrants from French Canada. They spoke a dialect of French in their home and Kerouac did not learn English until he was about seven years old. A fascinating part of "Dr. Sax" is the French dialogue among Kerouac and his family -- with Kerouac immediately providing an English rendition in addition to the French.Read more ›
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Judging by the fact that most reviews here give Dr. Sax five stars, it's clear that this is a book generally loved by those who read it. Read morePublished 18 months ago by M. Buzalka
This is the shroud of dark dreams and the mournful laugh of of the hidden and forgotten shade if our childhood. @_DrSaxPublished 22 months ago by Studge
I liked it but I was glad when I finally finished it. It was probably me, but I've always liked all his other works so I gave this a try.Published on July 7, 2013 by Jim Bob 151
By moonlight, the mighty Merrimac foamed a thousand white horses upon the tragic plains below. Lowell, Mass. Read morePublished on March 20, 2013 by Joyce Metzger
Other reviews cover the plot and interpretation, so I will only share my reading experiences. Although I am a huge fan of Kerouac, this was not an easy read. Read morePublished on November 28, 2011 by David
Doctor Sax: Faust Part Three (1959) is admittedly a very difficult work to comprehend. It is one of the least conventional parts (even by Kerouac's standards) of the Duluoz Legend. Read morePublished on January 11, 2011 by LADB
This is surely Kerouac's most dreamlike book, even moreso than his collected "Book of Dreams." Both the narrative & the prose itself have the astonishing plasticity of dreams --... Read morePublished on February 26, 2009 by William Timothy Lukeman