[The Subterraneans and Pic] E–book ✓ Jack Kerouac
A decade on I find myself re reading this this time unencumbered by academic necessities voluntarily this time unencumbered by academic necessities sure it s still a fascinating yet challenging read The subject matter of the novella is familiar enough for anyone who s had to personally experience The Rise And Fall Of A Love Affair In Three Acts although the freely flowing style results in some very frank open conflicted and complex emotions that are very familiar in terms of jealousy and broken heart logic but are seldom written down in the desperate chaotic irrational style in which these are usually experienced Score one for Jack s experimental techniue This novella could see you et stuck at certain sections for days on end yet once you et into the rhythm of his endless run on sentences diversions and the wholesale milking of thoughts and anecdotes to the point of exhaustion The Subterraneans can suddenly transcend from the murk the rhythmic reading of the text suddenly feeling as natural as riding a bike Well a wobbly unicycle maybe With a flat tire And one of the pedals broken But still The second short story in this collection Pic has a bit of a Mark Twain roove oing on regaling the tale of a nine year old African American boy about to be supplanted from the deep south to first New York and then California It has a surprisingly lightweight innocent feel Ls The Subterraneans and Love affair recounted with some regret for one reason or another as a lot of people wouldI would Haha Both of these books are regret for one reason or another as a lot of people wouldI would Haha Both of these books are reads but seriously nothing special They re like those songs that don t make it onto the album B sides I feel this was Kerouacs worst time for writing although I bet most hipsters would disagree with me pic 5 I was pleasantly surprisedimpressed by Pic narrated by a 9yr old boy It reminded my of Steinbeck s stories in its
earthiness and streetwiseand streetwise Essentially an on the road short story as Pic and his brother head for CaliforniaI ave up on Subterranean after a few pages as it seemed to be oing nowhere The Subterraneans was actually the subject of one of my University courses a decade ago which is also why I own a copy of it It s an immensely impressive and interesting novella on an academic level applying a self developed method of Spontaneous Prose that has Kerouac drawing from a free flowing subconscious tapping state of mind or to put it into blunter terms something he wrote down in a heartbroken possibly chemically induced three day writing bender I still have an essay lying around that I had to write discussing the application of his Essentials of Spontaneous Prose one that incidentally makes decade ago me sound an awful lot learned and refined than contemporary me but I digress So. ISBN 10 0141184892The nove. .
Jack Kerouac Ü 9 reviewOod vibe juxtaposed to the harsh reality of Jim Crow but it does end uite suddenly you feel that in between the penultimate and the final uite suddenly you feel that in between the penultimate and the final at least a hundred pages of Pic s adventures on his hitchhiking trip are missing as 2500 miles of adventuring is basically wrapped up in only a few lines of deus ex machina magic Not sure if Kerouac wanted to make some sort of point there or if Pic was merely a project deemed too ambitious and was prematurely abandoned but there is a whiff of wasted opportunity there This isn t just
One Novel It S Two Both Pennednovel it s two both penned Jack Kerouac and featuring his typical idiosyncratic writing style And yet they re both a little bit different from his other work in some ways too Pic for example has a lot of the same themes as On the Road but it s seen through the eyes of a ten year old boy from North Carolina Meanwhile the Subterraneans takes a look at love and life in a way that none of Kerouac s other books have managedOverall both of the short novels are essential reading for any serious Kerouac fan and while they might not be the best place to start if you re new to his work you still can t o wrong with them The combination of the two makes for a Betting on Ideas: Wars, Inventions, Inflation gripping read and my onlyripe is that even with both novels in there it still doesn t feel long enough to satisfy you It s pretty damn impressive really. Ic collected in one volume.