[PDF] ✓ Free Read ☆ The Town and the City : by Jack Kerouac ↠


  • Title: The Town and the City
  • Author: Jack Kerouac
  • ISBN: 9780156907903
  • Page: 330
  • Format: Paperback

  • In this compelling first novel, Kerouac draws on his New England mill town boyhood to create the world of George and Marguerite Martin and their eight children, each endowed with an energy and a vision of life.
    Jack Kerouac
    Jack Kerouac was born Jean Louis Lebris de Kerouac on March 12, 1922, in Lowell, Massachusetts Jack Kerouac s writing career began in the 1940s, but didn t meet with commercial success until 1957, when On the Road was published The book became an American classic that defined the Beat Generation Kerouac died on October 21, 1969, from an abdominal hemorrhage, at age 47.


    Commentaires:

    Joseph
    The Town and the City: A Novel by Jack Kerouac is Kerouac's first novel and writing in a semi-autobiographical form. Kerouac needs no introduction to most readers. Everyone has read On the Road or at least, said they have read it. I found Kerouac difficult at first and the writing did not seem to flow right. A friend suggested I read it like the beat performers spoke and suddenly On the Road was very readable. The Town and the City: A Novel needs no special reading and is an excellent place to s [...]

    Mel
    So this is one of the last Kerouac novels I haven't read. I got a lovely old paperback version but was putting off reading it for awhile. I was a bit worried that it would be too normal a novel written before he developed his style. But I totally still loved it. It was such a great book, started so normal American life of the 30s and 40s a family in a small town with their kids, but then before the end people were shooting up and their were books about gay people and murders and it was just bril [...]

    Bob
    This book floored me, I loved it. This story is jack Kerouac writing as Thomas Wolfe but emerging as Jack Kerouac. Genius! One of his greatest works! Many people dislike Kerouac because they hate or can't relate to his characters. Some people have a hard time reading his free form, Beat, Jazz, style of writing. But that's just all surface material, and that's the point. Between the lines of text and behind his characters are people just like you and me, each with their own complex story. Love, h [...]

    Thalia
    I found it hard to get into at first, I found it a little too descriptive of surroundings, it's very rural, but I persevered and my god it was worth it. There's no author quite like Kerouac, there's no soul like Kerouac. He's observant and articulate and delivers to the reader an understanding of so much, the lives of many characters are touched in this novel and it amazes me every time the depth to which each character is created, it seems Kerouac can see into the unique sorrow that haunts ever [...]

    Jeff
    In what I think I may consider to be Jack Kerouac's best work (indeed), we get a novel that transcends the Beat nomadic zeitgeist of a generation in favor of a very tender, very American, portrait of a bucolic American family as it morphs, changes, collapses, and triumphs (in not that order) over the years.I was refreshed by this novel page after page, enthused at the first turnings, in love with Kerouac's prose style, which is so flawless and tender. (Though seriously, the word "sad" appeared i [...]

    Velvetink
    I was not actually aware that this novel's characters were based on real life figures of the Beat generation until AFTER reading it. That kind of put a different light on it to me. While reading it unaware of the real idenitity of the characters, I was more impressed with his characterization of the difference's between the town and country, the effects of WW2 on everyone and the apparent poverty alongside great wealth in New York. Many of the characters in NY like Leon Levinsky and Will Denniso [...]

    Matthew
    I first tried to read "Town and the City" when I was 21 and I couldn't get into it because I wanted (and expected) it to be like "On the Road" and "The Dharma Bums" and his other Beat writings. Now, at the age of 34, I picked it up again to read and I fell in love with it. There were times when I was wondering if I were truly reading Kerouac or not. I haven't read any Thomas Wolfe, so I can't relate on that level, but this novel reminded me so much of "East of Eden" by John Steinbeck. T&C is [...]

    Michael Boyce
    I was surprised by this book. I didn't read it for a long time. I won't say the obvious things about it. Many said unkind things about it. Compared it mostly to another writer, in a disparaging way that I find prejudicial, and interesting for that. I didn't read it until recently, even though I've read his other works avidly and some of them repeatedly since I was a teenager. I re-read work very sparingly. There is a lot of good wrting out there waiting to be read. Anyway, I decided to read this [...]

    Sairam Krishnan
    A gorgeous, gorgeous read. Kerouac's first book is everything I thought it would be, and more. I had been waiting to get my hands on this particular edition because of the intriguing Penguin Classics cover featuring a cigarette smoking Jack; when I did, I waited for the perfect time to read it. And then took my time doing so.I've been reading it for almost a month now, and I have seldom loved a book so much.Kerouac's timeless story of a small town American family coming to live in NY through cir [...]

    Jack
    My enthusiasm for Jack has waned in recent years but this is still my favorite Kerouac work, by far. It's the one I would recommend to anyone who is put off by the slapdash qualities of Jack's later writings. This is the closest Kerouac ever came to producing a mainstream novel: The prose is poetic, even flowery at times, but the most questionable Kerouac trademark -- aimless stream-of-consciousness passages, AKA "bop prosody" -- is nowhere to be found. Character development is strong, the setti [...]

    Olivia
    Perhaps one of my favorite Kerouac novelsrhaps one of my favorite novels period. I always pick up his writing due to some insatiable need for clarity and understanding. Kerouac can write about anything and capture such an incredible shared human experience within his pages, something that is even more apparent because he writes about the things that are burning in his mind and heart. He writes about them all in such a way that you ache with his aches, and your mind becomes his in an altogether l [...]

    Jason Baldwin-Stephens
    Overall The Town and The City is worth the praise that it receives though I'm surprised that many Kerouac fans claim it to be their favorite when compared to his other works. What I enjoyed the most was were the moments where Kerouac's writing in the nevel exists somewhere between the style he would become famous for and what was clearly the heavy Thomas Wolfe influence he was under at the time of writing this. Those were the moments when I felt the energy in the writing that makes me love On th [...]

    Ned
    and reading this was like sticking my head right into the lost, forlorn, desperate, burning soul of Kerouac and knowing I'm just where I'm supposed to be. and knowing there's some way to expel all the heartbreak and beauty out of ourselves. the realness of being that thing that heaves so often in my chest. and a book can be that. Truman Capote never read this

    Greg
    Proof Kerouac could have written in any style he wanted to write. It's an amazing, thorough, engrossing novel about a family that collapses as it moves to New York. It's amazing in that it runs contrary to everything Kerouac embraces in his later novels. Here he mourns the breakup of the family, its misguided move to the big city. At the same time it does echo Kerouac's lifelong preoccupation with making the "wrong" decision in life (quitting football, dad letting printing career fall apart) jus [...]

    Joshua Rhys
    A unique book in Kerouac's canon, The Town and the City is ultimately a rewarding read. Perhaps more accessable to your standard reader, it flows much more conventionally than his other, more stylistic novels. It follows the ups and downs of the traditonally American (and somewhat cliched) Martin family, with a particular focus on the sons Peter, Francis and Joe. The narrative and setting are not particularly original; the early portions set in the town of Galloway largely echo much of early 20t [...]

    Whitney
    Man, man, man. I don't know what to say about this book, really. It's one of those books with a very simple plot that is simultaneously about everything. It hit me especially hard having recently left the town of my youth for a major metropolitan city. That's one of the main themes: leaving home. It also grapples with the definition of home and why importance is placed on it.When you're a little kid, you think your dad has all the answers. You think he can do no wrong. I think adulthood is learn [...]

    Bianca Rita Cataldi
    Il meccanismo narrativo alla base di questo romanzo è incredibilmente affascinante. C'è Kerouac, ma non è ancora il Kerouac di Sulla strada che conosciamo più o meno tutti. Il romanzo, di per sé molto lungo, nasce come il racconto della vita della numerosa famiglia Martin tra la città (Galloway) e la metropoli (New York) e dei vari membri della famiglia racconta vita, crescita, riflessioni. Poi, però, intorno alla parte terza (con la comparsa della guerra), il libro si trasforma. Da occup [...]

    Tim Weakley
    I had to keep reminding myself that Kerouac was 28 when this was published. While you can tell that he hadn't quite found his voice yet the elements of his stories to come were already to be seen here. The bebop, drug culture, and New York City elements are a great contrast to the small town beginning, and the ending rural reclamation and reconciliation on the old family home. Kerouac ends the book off with Peter, the lonesome child, starting off on a hitchike across America which echoes forward [...]

    Kevin Kizer
    A favorite of mine that I re-read every year during autumn. A wonderful, sad elegy to an America long since gone. Definitely, the most traditional of all Kerouac's novels. You can see (read?) the influence of Thomas Wolfe, which annoyed Kerouac. It's a great precursor to "On The Road", even ending with "Peter Martin" getting ready to hitchhike across the country. For me, the Thanksgiving football bit (which closes the first major section of the novel) is one of the best parts. Kerouac does a gre [...]

    Colleen
    I absolutely love this book. I thought I had a decent idea of Kerouac character, but after reading The Town and the City I really do know him. Written from a multi-biographical perspective, Kerouac tells of his life from several characters, which all serve as part of his own personalities. An absolutely inspiring, sad, funny and honest account of a true Beat prose genius. I highly recommend it to anyone who is interested in American Literature. Oh, and try to figure out the authors from Kerouacs [...]

    Paulkelly05
    This was my first book I read of Kerouac. It was his only novel before he descended into his free verse drivel. I have only read this book once but I keep wanting to give it another read. I really liked it the first time I read it. It starts off with the family that lives in the country and follows all the kids for a few years as they go out into the world. They each grow differently despite similar origins. I thought a number of the characters were very interesting. If I was to recommend 1 Kero [...]

    Kathy Hiester
    The Town and the City is Jack Kerouac’s first novel and it can truly be described as a great start. The portrayals of characters and places are brilliantly described and the story has all you could hope for in a great novel: it's touching, infuriating, entertaining and heart-wrenching all at once. The Town and the City is written in a more conservative mode than Kerouac’s later works. However, you can start to see his distinctive style coming out in this book.5 Stars

    Brett
    An amazing book, though very different from later Kerouac. Moments of cutting clarity laced through a sea of vague emotional upheaval. Hard to formulate in words since there's little plot, but insightful of the range of human feeling and need.

    Keri Adamson
    Before Kerouac established his stream of consciousness style of writing, he wrote this linear narrative. Wonderful.

    Beth Bee
    Has to be the BEST KEROUAC BOOK ever. Rereading it

    Ripley
    No one appreciates the love of their family and small town life until they find themselves out of it and making their way in the big wide world. Adventure awaits the Martin family as the older boys, Joe, Peter, and Francis leave their small town of Galloway to go to college. Joe decides against college and instead becomes a truck driver travelling the united states. Peter is the star football player at high school and despite his worries of being a little fish in a big pond now, he makes the uni [...]

    Frahorus
    Interrotto perché stavo affrontando troppe letture contemporaneamente, quindi quando lo riprenderò questo commento verrà annullato e scriverò la vera recensione.

    Bertie
    I'd heard this book was a lot different compared to later Kerouac classics, and true it is different in lots of ways especially his writing style. But never for once is it dull and you can sense the magic of Kerouac's prose in every single page. His descriptions of the Martin family members are fantastic and I felt a real connection with all of them throughout the book. All the characters stories are nicely interwoven and you see them grow up from innocent youth in small town Galloway into young [...]

    T4ncr3d1
    Confesso una certa indecisione sul giudizio e soprattuto sul voto da assegnare a questo libro. Indecisione che riflette una lettura scostante, tra sentimenti contraddittori, una lettura lunga e lenta, allontanata e poi ripresa più volte.La città e la metropoli, prima opera pubblicata di Kerouac, ma non la prima composta (sarebbe il quarto romanzo o giù di lì), è sì acerba, ma non troppo, il che non giustifica certi suoi difetti. Il primo: è troppo lungo. E ripetitivo. E piatto. E per lo p [...]

    Mandy
    If I’d read this cold, without knowing who the author was, I don’t think I’d ever have come up with Jack Kerouac. Knowing him as I do primarily from On the Road and the Beats in general, I was astonished to discover this wonderful traditional novel, a real masterpiece of American writing, a contender for The Great American Novel, and a real joy which kept me enthralled from beginning to end. It’s the timeless story of a small-town Massachusetts family, the Martin family, from the early y [...]

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