Kerouac: A Biography

Kerouac A Biography Now that Kerouac s major novel On the Road is accepted as an American classic academic critics are slowly beginning to catch up with his experimental literary methods and examine the dozen books com

  • Title: Kerouac: A Biography
  • Author: Ann Charters
  • ISBN: 9780446813310
  • Page: 279
  • Format: Paperback
  • Now that Kerouac s major novel, On the Road is accepted as an American classic, academic critics are slowly beginning to catch up with his experimental literary methods and examine the dozen books comprising what he called the legend of Duluoz Nearly all of his books have been in print internationally since his death in 1969, and his writing has been discovered and enjoNow that Kerouac s major novel, On the Road is accepted as an American classic, academic critics are slowly beginning to catch up with his experimental literary methods and examine the dozen books comprising what he called the legend of Duluoz Nearly all of his books have been in print internationally since his death in 1969, and his writing has been discovered and enjoyed by new readers throughout the world Kerouac s view of the promise of America, the seductive and lovely vision of the beckoning open spaces of our continent, has never been expressed better by subsequent writers, perhaps because Kerouac was our last writer to believe in America s promise and essential innocence as the legacy he would explore in his autobiographical fiction.

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    1. This is strange and I don't understand it. The received idea is that once On The Road beat-fame sluiced all over Kerouac's life he couldn't take it and he became a misanthropic drunk and eventually a dead beat, at the age of 47, cursing everything and everyone but especially the hippies he had so inspired. Most of that is true, but this 12 year burn-out goes like this : The Dharma Bums (1958) Lonesome Traveler, short story collection (1960) Big Sur (1962) Desolation Angels (1965) Satori in Paris [...]


    2. The definitive biography of Jack Kerouac. Helps dispell the myth of Kerouac as a total free spirit and liberated beatnik who helped pave the way for the sixties. Rather, it shows him to be the extremely conflicted man that he was, caught between two opposing value systems that he could not reconcile within himself and that eventually destroyed him, leaving him to retreat into isolation, alcoholism, and closed-mindedness at the end of his unfortunately short life. I recommend paring this reading [...]


    3. LA BIOGRAFIAAffronta ed analizza il complesso rapporto esistente fra Kerouac e Cassady, e quello molto discusso fra Kerouac e la madre.Senza inutili fronzoli ma servendosi minuziosamente delle opere dell'autore e di tutto il materiale devotamente raccolto, il libro ricostruisce e racconta in modo rispettoso e sensibile, per quanto possibile, la Leggenda di Duluoz.Jack era la presunzione e le contraddizioni dei suoi libri, era il tono totalmente candido e i riferimenti sempre personali, era la ca [...]


    4. Excellent, intimate look at Kerouac's adult life. Nicosia's biography is richer, with more information and analysis of each of Kerouac's books. Where Charters succeeds is in giving us a vivid portrait of the tragedy of Jack Kerouac's life - a masterful, groundbreaking writer whose influence can still be felt, and the deeply flawed man. Jack Kerouac was Beat in both senses of the word. He was beaten down, crushed by his shyness and self doubts, as well as the pressures of being a celebrity. He wa [...]


    5. I don't think I've ever ready anything by Kerouac, but this was the second time I've read this biography from my personal library. Coincidentally I read it this time when the 50th anniversary of the publishing of his On the Road was being noted in the media, and so I heard a lot of supplemental biographical information on National Public Radio. It also meant more to me this time because I've had close personal encounters with individuals in the last five years who were selfish and/or self-destru [...]


    6. Interestingn't know how objective it is. Charters is good about putting all the facts in, but manages to excuse a lot of things that, if you were close to Kerouac and his compatriots, were probably not excusable. I enjoyed reading something set in the 1940s and 50s that wasn't Donna Reed-esque.rces that all the societal problems we have today were around, the mainstream and media just ignored them.


    7. I would have given it more stars, if I hadn't read "Memory Babe". If you're looking for a brief overview of Kerouac's life, Charter's book will suit you just fine. If you're really interested in the beat generation, Kerouac and his work get the biography written by Nicosia.


    8. I've always reviewed books for semi-business-like reasons, but the ones I really love, own? Never. THAT felt a bit like these are my friends, let's talk about strangers! Suddenly, I'd like to review my way through my own shelves before I die and since I'm accident prone and living alone for the first time in eons it seems like death by tripping down the stairs on the ragged hem of a pair of jeans seems like that could be right around the corner, some days. Yep Bob Dylan and Jack Kerouac, back to [...]


    9. Will tell you every little secret you did and didnt want to know about Kerouac. Warning, you might not like the guys persona after reading it. Youll respect him more as a writerbut youll find some things about him that you may not have found in his novels.


    10. I realize you think you know all about Jack's life because that is what he mainly writes about, right? Not so fast my friend! Ann takes you behind the scenes, the real stories and Jack's maniacal writing sessions, fast and frenzied. Good read for Kerouac fans.


    11. this is a Kerouac biography that I revisit at least once a year. Ann Charters gives me a glimpse into a world I can only wish I had been born early enough to witness firsthand.


    12. a good critical work about kerouac's life and writing. gets under the public and mythic persona that has developed.



    13. a great bio that cuts out all the alcholic fat and teenage awe. an honest and frank look into the legend of duluoz.



    14. My favorite bio on Dulouse! Charter gets her info right as far as I know, and she did get to work with him before he died. And I like Charter's styleys it down, very readable.



    15. Magnificent. It would be hard to write a book about Jack Kerouac that isn't interesting to be honest, but I feel Ann Charters does a fantastic job here. I was entertained throughout the whole book, even though at times Mr Kerouac's life was seriously dragging The author never dwindles on a topic or segment of his life for too long, and the story skips along and gives us all the great juicy gossip that is Jacks life from the age of four to his death, and boy did I learn a thing or too about Jack [...]



    16. I had always read that Kerouac was troubled, leading a tumultuous life before finally dying from the effects of severe alcohol abuse. This was always the summary—his end glossed over like it was expected of any hedonistic deviant. This bothered me, as after reading On the Road a few times I had an inkling that the man was actually sweet and mostly harmless, despite the reputation that he obtained through the counter-culture content and themes of his books. I wondered why a writer who was as be [...]


    17. I was pretty disappointed with Charters' biography of Kerouac. She's an acknowledged expert on the Beats, and certainly knew them about as well as anyone. Yet somehow this biography is incredibly dry. She never looks beyond the surface of what he said or did, just relates the facts as she knows them. There's little insight into motivations. She'll say he did something, but won't say if he did it on purpose, by accident, because he got paid to do it, or because he was drunk. It just left me wanti [...]


    18. Charters did a nice job of discussing his early work and the success he eventually found with On the Road, but I felt like her recounting of how his life spiraled downhill wasn't fleshed out enough. Ultimately, Jack is presented as someone who desperately wanted to be a hero, but found that it came with consequences he couldn't handle. That message of the book was conveyed effectively and heart-wrenchingly.


    19. Sometimes I think that it takes a woman to write an honest biography, especially of a man, and I think that is exactly what Charters has done here. She sees through the mythology that has sprung up around Kerouac since his untimely death in 1969. In some ways, this is a tale of men behaving badly, even shockingly at times. But it also a fascinating insight into a sub culture of the post war years and a country coming to terms with itself after t


    20. A thought out, intimate biography that reads like a narrative. charters seems to have done her homework compiling the life of a self destructive-alcoholic-zen loony-mommma's boy, who of course, captured the spirit of america in his writings. read this book if you love kerouac's books, because if you love his books than you love his life. i warn you, though, its damn depressing, and whoever your ideal jack kerouac is, be prepeared for the real one to fall short.


    21. Tuttavad lood veel kord, aga ikka oli huvitav lugeda, vaene kurb ja pahur ja depressioonis ja millelegi lootev Kerouac on mu kangelane. Huvitav ka sellepärast, et nyyd tegeles nende mytologiseerimisega keegi teine ja väga mõistlikult.







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