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by Jack Kerouac

Category: History and Criticism
Subcategory: Fiction
Author: Jack Kerouac
ISBN: 0399503854
ISBN13: 978-0399503856
Language: English
Publisher: Perigee Trade; Third Printing Used edition (March 28, 1978)
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Book one. Desolation angels

Book one. Desolation angels. Part one. Desolation in Solitude. PART TWO. Desolation in the World. Book two. Passing through. And get a good tenderloin steak! says Ma handing Deni Bleu the money, she’s sending us to the store to get a good supper, also she’s suddenly decided to put all her confidence in Deni these later years now that I’ve become such a vague ephemeral undeciding being who curses the gods in his bed sleep and wanders around bareheaded.

Desolation Angels is a l novel written by Beat Generation author Jack Kerouac, which makes up part of his Duluoz Legend. It was published in 1965, but was written years earlier, around the time On the Road was in the process of publication. According to the book's foreword, the opening section of the novel is taken almost directly from the journal he kept when he was a fire lookout on Desolation Peak in the North Cascade mountains of Washington state.

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Riverhead Books, 1995 - 409 Seiten. With the publication of On the Road in 1957, Jack Kerouac became at once the spokesman and hero of the Beat Generation. Along with such visionaries as William S. Burroughs, Neal Cassady, and Allen Ginsberg, Kerouac changed the face of American literature, igniting a counterculture revolution that even now, decades later, burns brighter than ever in Desolation Angels. In one of the major cinematic events of 2012, Jack Kerouac's legendary Beat classic, On the Road, finally hits the big screen.

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a concerning experience in the world at large, a revulsion in all the six senses. And as I say the first sign of that revulsion had appeared during the dreamy solitary comfort of the two months on Desolation mountain, before Mexico, since which time I’d been melanged again with all my friends and old adventures, as you saw, and not so sweetly, but now I was alone again.

As in Kerouac’s other novels, Desolation Angels features a lively cast of pseudonymous versions of his fellow Beat poets, including William S. Burroughs (as Bull Hubbard), Neal Cassady (as Cody Pomeray), and Allen Ginsberg (as Irwin Garden)

As in Kerouac’s other novels, Desolation Angels features a lively cast of pseudonymous versions of his fellow Beat poets, including William S. Burroughs (as Bull Hubbard), Neal Cassady (as Cody Pomeray), and Allen Ginsberg (as Irwin Garden).

The classic retelling of Kerouac's last big road trip. Kerouac's candid and definitive insider's record of the key figures and events surrounding the Beat Generation, 'Desolation Angels' had gained a reputation as an underground classic long before publication in 1964. Told through the character of Kerouac's fictional alter ego, Jack Duluoz, the novel follows the story of his last legendary road trip, accompanied by his thinly-disguised Beat counterparts, Allen Ginsberg, Gregory Corso and William Burroughs. From California to Mexico and on to opium-ridden Tangiers, Kerouac chronicles the frenetic parties, the drink and the drugs, the poetry and the mountain vigils with unsurpassable energy.
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I first read all of Kerouac's published works in my twenties. Now I am revisiting some of his works in my mid forties. This is the third book of his I chose to read again. I read it a few times in my twenties and found it powerful but depressing. It is less depressing to me now that I have experienced more in life. I would put this as one of his most powerful and important works and essential reading for anyone wanting to discover or re-discover Kerouac's writing.
Jack Kerouac has lost none of his deft touch with the years. If only we could live as well preserved as our writings. Kerouac's descriptions of San Francisco, the Coast, his friends and himself, are just as revealing now as they were when written. The book, however, really shows how the world has changed. The six degrees of separation we now have, were more like three when Kerouac was writing and it is almost quaint the way Kerouac describes his interactions with the other high apostles of the beat age. Today, the pool of talent is much more widely dispersed and, at least to my knowledge, the degree of interaction of our cultural icons is much less, despite the Vanity Faire parties after the Oscars.

I recommend reading this book if you are out in the Bay Area because you will be able to see where we were, how we have changed, and maybe guess where we are going.
Freaky Hook
A true reflection of California ethos, Jack Kerouac’s Big Sur, captures the disillusionment at the end of the beat movement in northern California. Continuing in the tradition of his successful, semi-autobiographical novel, On the Road, Big Sur continues the story of aging beatnik Jack Duluoz, and his existential battle with depression, nihilism, and alcoholism along the scenic shores of Big Sur California. This struggle also reflects a similar decline in the life of the author who died shortly after its publication from complications of alcoholism.
In a Waldenesque approach, Kerouac captures Duluoz’s desperate retreat into the wilderness of northern California, in an attempt to escape civilization and reclaim meaning and order in his life. Despite the protagonist’s best efforts, he struggles to detach himself from the hypocrisy and alienation that haunts him. One might think, echoing the footsteps of Thoreau, the sublimity of Big Sur, would inspire a sense of peace and unity in the perceiver, however, Jack is reminded of the transitory and ephemeral nature of life and mankind, plunging him into an existential crisis. Thus, the terrain of California, like the state itself, embodies many contradictory symbols.
Throughout the narrative Jack confronts, and in many instances, deconstructs the transcendent values of his peers, caught between the nostalgic innocence of his past and the destructive and oppressive numbness of his present. In spite of his best effort Jack struggles to connect to the environment of Big Sur or the people around him once he returns to civilization. Jack’s alienation is a powerful theme in the novel, driving him to peruse perverse and superficial relationships with his fellow beatniks. Many of the character’s struggle with sexual oppression, despite the liberal values projected by the movement. Jack’s paranoid and prevalent homophobia, and his swinger lifestyle, represent manifestations of his own hidden homoerotic desire for his best friend Cody. Jacks desire and need for intimacy leads to the sexual objectification and exploitation of the women in the novel, this abusive behavior is popular among the other male beatniks. Many of the female beatniks silently suffer, while the male characters justify their sexual infidelity using narcissistic and hedonistic reasoning.
Jack constantly invokes philosophical and religious texts, tracing the intellectual stream of ideas that nourishes the sexual and social attitudes of his characters. It is evident that Jack is extremely educated, he pulls from a variety of sources both eastern and western. Likewise, many of his characters represent a diverse array of cultures and perspectives brought together by the Romance of the beat movement. This mixture of ideas also reflect the melting pot community of California culture as a whole.
However, Jacks behavior belies a darker side to the idealism of the beat movement as it faced decline in the mid-sixties, leaving its members disheartened. Jack’s alcoholism, represented as the norm in his social circles, plays an important part in his mental and physical decline. Likewise, his interpersonal relationships are dysfunctional and in some cases downright abusive.
I think this book is essential to any California canon, many of these themes and values are relevant to contemporary California culture. This book represents the values of a not so distant past, and the Romantic and progressive attitudes of the characters is still alive and well. I think the criticism of those values is priceless in terms of its relationship to modern ethos, narcissism and rugged individualism being popular topics. From his nihilistic perspective, Jack is able to analyze the idealism behind the beat or hippie movement, portraying it through a true unglamorized lens. On the other hand, Jack is unreliable in the sense that he fails to recognize the narcissism and cynicism that undermines his own perspective. In this sense, Jacks nihilism is portrayed as a natural progression of his perverse idealism, yet, it is not the answer to the issues that torment him. In a sense, the character’s failure lies in their inability to establish any real connection to the environment or the people around them. Free love is represented as an extension of the oppressive patriarchal system not an escape from it. True strength, love, and unity cannot be achieved through the selfish, destructive, and individualistic motives of the male characters. It is important to recognize that these anxieties are not new or unique to the present generation, they have evolved as part of popular movements in California’s cultural past. Jacks idealistic language is pure, it is his actions that are corrupt and self-destructive. The failure lies in his determination to drown the contradictions in alcohol, drugs, and sex, rather than reforming the movement. While so many other novels and media outlets glamourize this aspect of the California past, Kerouac offers a refreshing contrast, depicting the grit and conflict with powerful accuracy. This book is most certainly a wonderful addition to any library and an eye opening read for anyone interested in California’s past.
A whirling, fast-paced, first-person descent into the madness of delirium tremens, addiction, and hopeless subjective despair.

The writing is beautiful and impressionistic (think of Van Gogh's painting in written form), and the story is as compelling as it is sad.

One thing I particularly liked about it was that the backdrop of the story was Big Sur, the epitome of natural beauty. But as the narrator (Jack) descends into insanity and despair, the natural world gets filtered and described through his subjective emotional state. The Ocean, for example, is beautiful and heavenly one moment, and a harbinger of death and cosmic indifference the next.

A unique book by a troubled man. Jack Kerouac eventually succumbed to the very alcoholism he deals with in this book, which makes the story even more pertinent, interesting, and ultimately, tragic.
Kerouac's writing is easy to read. The book is best for those readers who are interested in the Beat Generation writers. I grew up in the SF Bay Area as a kid and heard about beatniks in the late 1950's and early 1960's and have been to Big Sur and other locations mentioned in the book and I am just now starting to read Jack Kerouac. Big Sur is my second JK purchase. Definitely not Maynard G. Krebs. A period of time not mentioned alot in the history books.
Great book, but not quite as inspiring as Dharma Bums or On The Road. Instead of encountering a young and brilliant author, we are faced with a middle-aged man who is suffering from the fame he has acquired, and has been using alcohol and sex as a means to deal for years. In parts of the book we get the familiar energetic, almost jazzlike, writing that we find in On the Road and other parts the Buddhist infused writting of Dharma Bums, but in other parts we are faced with a much darker side of Kerouac. Parts of the book leaves the reader almost feeling like they too are breifly going insane as Kerouac describes withdrawing from alcohol. The ending then, leaves us wondering what is really to become of Billy and her young son, and the rest of the gang so loyal to Kerouac.
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