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"He makes a scene live. He traps on the page the astonishing truth. Kerouac's best book"--San Fransisco Chronicle
"Burning lyricism!"--Los Angles Times
"[Kerouac] started a cultural revolution, unprecedented, world-wide extent ... the whole Beat movement."--William S. Burroughs
"Each book by Jack Kerouac in unique, a telepathic diamond. With prose set in the middle of his mind, he reveals consciousness itself in all its syntactic elaboration, detailing the luminous emptiness of his own paranoiac confusion. Such rich natural writing is nonpareil in later half xx-century, a synthesis of Proust, Céline, Thomas Wolfe, Hemingway, Genet, Thelonious Monk, Basho, Charlie Parker, and Kerouac's own athletic sacred insight.
Big Sur's a humane, precise account of the extraordinary ravages of alcohol delirium tremens on Kerouac, a superior novelist who had strength to complete his poetic narrative, a task few scribes so afflicted have accomplished--others crack up. Here we meet San Francisco's poets & recognize hero Dean Moriarty ten years after On the Road. Jack Kerouac was a 'writer, ' as his great peer W.S. Burroughs says, and here at the peak of his suffering humorous genius he wrote through his misery to end with 'Sea, ' a brilliant poem appended, on the hallucinatory Sounds of the Pacific Ocean at Big Sur."--Allen Ginsberg