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"Realistic rather than flamboyant, Johnson succeeds in portraying the Beats not as oddities or celebrities but as individuals. In wry retrospect, she recognizes the folly of young women rebelling against their well-meaning parents only to become subservient to indifferent men."--The New Yorker
"Johnson writes of Dostoevskian evenings, of Kerouac's disastrous confrontation with fame...of the major Beat voices and the minor characters, their women. It's a terrific book, rich and beautifully written, full of vivid portraits and evocations."--San Francisco Chronicle --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
This book is like one of the movies that sweep the Oscars for their year:
"Minor Characters" is "best memoir of growing up in the fifties,""best lived analysis of the woman's... Read more
Joyce Johnson is a national treasure -- this book is a wonderful account of the heady late-50s in nyc. Very highly recommended.Published 11 months ago by Michael S. Stewart
Brilliant, Well-written. Informative. Enlightening. I love Joyce and loved this book.Published 16 months ago by Zarda
The book didn't have this cover, I don't mind but that's a little deceptive. But it was in good conditionPublished 22 months ago by Emily S
I'm going through my Amazon purchases and the fact that I bought this book is a huge endorsement. I'm a life long library rat, and while I do buy books, I don't often buy the books... Read morePublished 22 months ago by Amanda Rose Adams
Joyce Johnson writes from the unique perspective of a young woman who was in love with jack Kerouac and knew many of his best known friends, and she does it with impressive clarity... Read morePublished on October 19, 2013 by Pecksniff
I love Jack Kerouac and have done since I discovered him at age 12 in 1961. This woman sheds real interesting and very insightful light on what this period was REALLY like with out... Read morePublished on April 2, 2013 by Allison V. Fine
Beautifully written. Insightful an illuminating. Helped me comprehend my own coming of age in the 1960s - I was born in 1950 and somehow absorbed the Beat generation's early... Read morePublished on February 27, 2013 by Charlotte Miller
From someone who was there and lived the life during the Beat days in the Village. Not only is her tale revealing but it lends a natural perspective on Kerouac and other life... Read morePublished on January 10, 2013 by Richard Folsom