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04-02-2010, 10:24 AM
I started reading it in a detention yesterday. I love it. Anyone read it?
04-02-2010, 11:04 AM
Kerouac is one of my favorite writers.
If this is your first taste of him, I would suggest Dharma Bums next. It can be hard to jump into something like The Subterraneans right off the bat. Legend has it he wrote that in three days on coffee and speed, and it reads like the legend is right.
04-02-2010, 02:55 PM
I honestly couldn't get through it. I just pretty much think that the whole "beat" generation (as represented by Kerouac) did a lot of whining and were pretty much bums. Not impressed.
I also am not a huge fan of Kerouac's writing style either, although I know it's good. He just doesn't immerse me, instead he just details things to the point where I either don't understand what he's talking about or I get bored and skip to some dialogue.
I mean, that's just my two cents, most people interested in good literature disagree with me.
04-02-2010, 08:30 PM
I liked the book just fine. I'd love to see the scroll he typed the book on sometime. 120 feet of paper taped together, single spaced with no paragraphs, Ha ha. I'm not sure what the point of that was but it is kinda funny.
I had more trouble with the book "The Naked Lunch" by William S. Burroughs. There is a professor here at Columbia that knew Jack Kerouac or so he claims. He also claims to have been friends with Ken Kesey so he may just be blowing a little smoke idk.
04-03-2010, 03:51 PM
kerouac is my favorite author, but that is my least favorite book of his, I don't like the style so much, I think he has many better quality works than the one he is famous for.
If I got ahold of that scroll he made i would die though haha!!
Read dharma bums, big sur, or tristessa next.
04-09-2010, 04:02 PM
I'm not into the whole stream of consciousness style, but Allen Ginsberg was a genius. the subterraneans is a great book though, and the electric acid kool-aid test!