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A promising start, but ultimately disappointing
on January 27, 2016
I thought this book was very good on Kerouac's French-Canadian family background, his childhood, young adult years, and his time in the merchant marines. However, when I came to the part where Kerouac meets fellow writers and other friends, Johnson really lost me. There were so many unnecessary details about their lives that the book became tedious and boring. It was also unfortunate that Johnson could not use quotes from Kerouac's books, but had to paraphrase everything. Like other reviewers have said, this made me want to abandon Johnson's bio and re-read some of Kerouac's amazing work. I also didn't like how the book suddenly stopped at 1951. I would have liked to read about the rest of his life, including the reaction to such a groundbreaking book like On The Road.