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Lonesome Traveler Paperback – January 14, 1994
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I know very many of you love Kerouac's works and styles, so I hope that this book will be given it's due attention. Its contents are five short stories or sketches that move around the central theme of travel. A sketch about the "railroad earth" written in spontaneous style is quite riveting, and here you will have a chance to read what seems to be an early sketch of the fire tower section from "Dharma Bums".
I hope these suggestions will have you picking up a copy of this wonderful book
to read and that prompted me to fish out my old road worn
copy which I carried around religiously during the days her
mother and I bummed around the western US & Mexico.
Kerouac always had the ability to spiritualize the
experience for me. This book exemplifies his respect
and admiration for those individuals who have forsworn the
luxuries of a normal life for the intrisically demanding
rigors of the spiritual quest. Rereading this book had
me aching to be back on the road once again. Want to do
Mexico again, Angela?
I read much of this book sitting alone in a park on a Saturday afternoon, and it was a fitting companion to my own reflections. There is an intimacy of tone in Kerouac's book that made me feel at times that I was with him and sharing his experiences. Kerouac's spontaneous prose, with its long, strangly, and rhhythmic sentences is an erratic instrument indeed. But when it works, it is moving.
There is a continuity in these essays as Kerouac takes his reader back and forth across the United States, to Mexico, and to North Africa and Europe. Kerouac's vision tends to be highly particularized and specific. He is at his best in describing a lonely room in a San Francisco apartment, a night walk on a pier awaiting a ship, and evening's drinking with a friend and, especially, the sights and places of 'beat' New York City.Read more ›
The first chapter has a Mickey Spillane quality about it and the narrator's guru has a thugish charm that is lacking in Neal Cassidy and Gary Snyder. Other than that, I can't remember anything about it, which is good.
The second chapter on Mexico is also a winner, though, if you can't handle cruelty to animals, please don't read the section on the bull fight, as Kerouac's journalistic virtuosity is much too ruthlessly evocative here for soft stomachs. The Aztecs are supposed to be the bad guys, ripping out hearts and whatnot. Then the civilized Spaniards come along with Christianity and mariachi bands and everything is supposed to be bueno... except for this thing called the bull fight. Kerouac doesn't make subtle points like Conrad does regarding civilized vs. uncivilized man. But, he scares the pants off you in ways that Conrad doesn't (can't?).
The long bop prosodist chapters on the railroad experience do nothing for me, either stylistically or thematically, so I didn't read much of them. Basically, he's drunk and talking bop gibberish to a bunch of brakemen and winos, except of course for the subtleties I'm obviously missing. I'll live without them. (I k-now no-th-in-g.)
Back to the good stuff.Read more ›
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I bought this as a gift, so I can't review the product. The seller was great, no issues.Published 17 months ago by Pat
Some of the early chapters seem to be written during a psychotic break with reality. Artsy writing? maybe, but drudgery to have to wade through. Read morePublished 17 months ago by Jim Widgren
Lonesome Traveller is a collection of travel essays published by On the Road author Jack Kerouac a few years after his breakthrough with that picaresque novel. Read morePublished 22 months ago by M. Buzalka
Very hard to follow. The language he uses I find difficult and strange. The language seems hip, but I do not relate to it at all.Published on January 13, 2014 by Amazon Customer
Ramblings - just could not get into it. I am of the age that it might have meant something special to me, but it did not.Published on November 13, 2013 by Gayle A. Re
Kerouac's sense of place is never better demonstrated than in Lonesome Traveler. This is Kerouac without the hype, Kerouac truly in his zone.Published on September 29, 2013 by Wedgewood
Jack Kerouac stood out from other first novelists because he had an uncanny gift for winging toward new experiences. Read morePublished on March 21, 2013 by Joyce Metzger