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Click for availability and more information Doctor Sax, by Jack Kerouac

Published shortly after the success of the author's groundbreaking classic On the Road, but written years earlier in Mexico (when Kerouac hung out -and got high- with William S. Burroughs), Doctor Sax is a touching account of one young boy's flight into fantasy and his subsequent path to adulthood. Young Jacky Duluoz (Kerouac's literary alter ego), a French Canadian boy growing up in Lowell, Massachusetts in the early 1930s, escapes from the pressures of family and school into a world where vampires, werewolves and other creatures of the night converge and only the mysterious "Doctor Sax", a combination of the Shadow and the Wizard of Oz, can stop them. But the boy's growing perception of his actual surroundings may be young Jacky's real solution. Written in an even more audacious style than his other books (one section is detailed as stage directions for a play), Kerouac uses a variety of influences from his childhood (Walter B. Gibson's aforementioned pulp magazine character, "The Shadow"; L. Frank Baum's "Oz" books, the short stories of H.P. Lovecraft; radio thrillers and others) to craft a touching tale of a boy's leaving behind the things in his past to embrace approaching adulthood and maturity.
-Ed

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