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Visions of Gerard: A Novel Paperback – June 1, 1991
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Kerouac has a talent for uncovering the true secret serenity that lies waiting behind the pointless muchness and manyness that often occupies our time as we toil under the sun.
Kerouac's love for his brother is palpable in the pages of this book. The beautiful poetry of Kerouac's prose is like the free flow of a fountain sounding forth admiration and love for Gerard.
Kerouac's Buddhism permeates the story as well. What I once found fascinating, I now regard as misguided. Although Kerouac failed, as we all must, to understand many of the inescapable twists and turns people encounter in life, ("Samsara" in Buddhism) and although he ultimately drowned in the "stuff" of life, this book shows that he had a spirit free from the poison of hate. This, I must admit, is not only noble, but worthy of emulation.
Altogether, I believe that Visions of Gerard contains a good deal of beauty and much that is admirable in character. It is a book worth checking out.
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Jack Kerouac's short novel, "Visions of Gerard" tells the story of the death of Kerouac's beloved older brother Gerard (b. 1917) in 1926. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Robin Friedman
If Jack Kerouac's older brother Gerard had lived (he died in 1926 at age 9), he might have grown up to be St. Francis. Read morePublished 12 months ago by M. Buzalka
Good book and vibe from the mind of Ti Jean
His writing lets the mind explore. Great book of a child's mind through Gerard's short saint like life
JK creates a new form of literature here. It's a cross between a memoir about his older brother Gerard--indeed mostly a memoir--with a little something else, because in a actual... Read morePublished on May 20, 2013 by Chuck Taylor
VISIONS OF GERARD, in my opinion (no one else's), is Jack Krouac's best. It is written with such love and loss that one would think he never spent all of that time chasing tail... Read morePublished on June 14, 2012 by David A. Messick
I have just started reading (in order) the fourteen books of the Duluoz Legend. I think readers in general need to keep in mind that Jack Kerouac's saga was not meant to be read... Read morePublished on January 11, 2011 by LADB
Maybe Capote just read Visions of Gerard. I like to think that his comment about Kerouac merely typing instead of actually writing couldn't be directed towards On the Road or Big... Read morePublished on April 6, 2009 by Ryan Werner
Kerouac is often hit or miss. This book is a double bull. Its sad, beautiful... The affect that his older brother's young death had on Jack is moving. Read morePublished on July 22, 2007 by Zelie Nic