The Subterraneans

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Click for availability and more information The Subterraneans, by Jack Kerouac

Jack Kerouac (1922-1969) wrote The Subterraneans over three days & nights without sleep, and the novel's stylistic tone -run on sentences the length of a paragraph, wild & dizzy shifts in conversational prose, much like improvising in jazz music- does indicate the author's frame of mind at that time. However new readers shouldn't be intimidated by Kerouac's style, as the writing perfectly matches the protagonist's (Kerouac in disguise here as 'Leo Percepied') confusion, happiness, apprehension & finally heartbroken despair as he pursues a bittersweet, interracial love affair. Here is a true example of the "spontaneous prose" Kerouac often aimed for. You can almost hear jazz musicians play in the background while reading this. (Kerouac preferred Charlie 'Bird' Parker but you could play Miles Davis & John Coltrane in the background while reading this if you like.)
-Ed

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