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Off the Road: My Years with Cassady, Kerouac, and Ginsberg Paperback – August 1, 1991
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From Publishers Weekly
Infidelity, drugs, road trips and encounters with legendary Beats characterized the author's 15-year marriage to Neal Cassady, during which she had an affair with Jack Kerouac and shared Neal with Allen Ginsberg. "To the familiar history of the Beat generation, Carolyn Cassady adds a proprietary chapter marked with newness, self-exposure, love and poignancy," said PW. Photos.
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From Library Journal
Neal Cassady has been the subject of several novels, poems, and songs, but he is probably still best known as Dean Moriarty in Kerouac's On the Road . This biography is an expanded, more detailed, far superior version of Carolyn Cassady's Heart Beat ( LJ 9/15/76), the memoir that served as the basis for John Byrum's 1980 film of the same name. Cassady is more expansive here. She describes the complex, intense relationships that developed between her husband, Kerouac, and Ginsberg, and she analyzes their effects on her marriage. Her writing is sincere and engaging, full of pain and struggle but also love. Highly recommended.
- William Gargan, Brooklyn Coll. Lib., CUNY
Copyright 1990 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Carolyn's writing style is reserved and personal, but the more you read the book, the more you'll appreciate her simple "just the facts" way of sharing her experiences with the gang.
There is no bitterness, no bad-mouthing, but also she doesn't spare some of the less flattering aspects of the spectacularly unique people and times she once knew.
This is one of those rare gems where, upon reading the last page of the book, all you want to do is read some more.
About Neal: how complex; clearly the world's most beloved sociopath and a highly evolved being trapped in a body of conflicting desires.
About Carolyn: Wow! I wonder how things might have turned out differently had she put the house up for the bail-bond, but I understand her fear too, after Neal had gambled away all their investments.