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Big Sur by [Jack Kerouac]

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Big Sur Kindle Edition

4.3 out of 5 stars 357 ratings

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Big Sur is a humane, precise account of the extraordinary ravages of alcohol delirium tremens on Kerouac....At the peak of his suffering humorous genius, he wrote through his misery to end with Sea, a brilliant poem appended on the hallucinatory sounds of the Pacific Ocean at Big Sur. --Allen Ginsberg

For a narrator [this book] contains extraordinary difficulties, for the writing flies off into inebriated, overly long sentences that reflect, describe, or just babble forward in a kind of free association. To keep such passages flowing while making sense out of them is no mean feat. Tom Parker [Grover Gardner] pulls it off....He even manages to sound as if he were enjoying himself. AudioFile

Big Sur is so devastatingly honest and painful and yet so beautifully written....He was sharing his pain and suffering with the reader in the same way Dostoyevsky did, with the idea of salvation through suffering.'-- David Amram

Critic Richard Meltzer referred to Big Sur as Kerouac's 'masterpiece, and one of the great, great works of the English language.'

His grittiest book...sensual and uninhibited. --New York Times --. --This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.

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"In many ways, particularly in the lyrical immediacy that is his distinctive glory, this is Kerouac's best book . . . certainly, he has never displayed more 'gentle sweetness.'"
--San Francisco Chronicle 

"Kerouac's grittiest novel to date and the one which will be read with most respect by those skeptical of all the Beat business in the first place."
--The New York Times Book Review 

"Big Sur is so devastatingly honest and painful and yet so beautifully written....He was sharing his pain and suffering with the reader in the same way Dostoyevsky did, with the idea of salvation through suffering."
--David Amram --This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.

Product details

  • ASIN : B07BTQLRBL
  • Publisher : Caramna Corporation (March 30, 2018)
  • Publication date : March 30, 2018
  • Language : English
  • File size : 284 KB
  • Text-to-Speech : Enabled
  • Screen Reader : Supported
  • Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
  • X-Ray : Not Enabled
  • Word Wise : Enabled
  • Print length : 143 pages
  • Lending : Not Enabled
  • Customer Reviews:
    4.3 out of 5 stars 357 ratings

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3.0 out of 5 stars Big Sur.....Big Read
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