There are lovely passages of innocence and anger, love and grief.
I haven't read ALL of this book yet, but what I have read has proved to be, so far, one of the most beautiful, melancholy stories my eyes have ever graced.
Kerouac does bring Buddhist into the mix and at times I'm not sure where he is going with it, but you want to follow him and see where he well go next.
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 2 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 3 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 23 months ago by Peter O
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 O. A. Ruscaba
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