Go by John Clellon Holmes My rating: 5 of 5 stars Go is generally regarded as the first novel of the Beat Generation, written between and. Go, by John Clellon Holmes, is the first novel published by a member of the so- called Beat Generation of the s in the United States. The years immediately . Before the world knew Kerouac, Ginsberg, and Cassady, this “brilliant and important” novel chronicled the author’s early years among the Beats (Los Angeles.

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Admittedly, there is a great deal of awkwardness here, particularly when getting into analyzing what is going on or trying to talk about high ideas. Amazon Second Chance Pass it on, trade it in, give it a second life. Some students from that year recently […]. I am reading through Kerouac’s Duluoz Legend chronologically by time period covered, and I inserted this book right before Town and the City.

Go : John Clellon Holmes :

Amazon Restaurants Food delivery from local restaurants. Dispatched from the UK in 6 business days When will my order arrive? Spontaneous young men and women, too, I’m sure are attracted to the spontaneous, the improvised, the random, thus the wondrous.

It was the presupposition with which I read Go the first time. A generation with a new consciousness had found its voice I first read it when Bu was 20, fifty years ago, and rereading it after all that time is a rather strange experience.

Jul 24, Mel rated it it was amazing Shelves: Go Penguin Modern Classics Author s: We get to see his real caring johm, his eclectic personality, and his devilish playfulness, including instigating multiple conflicts based on his psychological insightful challenges toward his friends. ComiXology Thousands of Digital Comics. I think that was part of the appeal to me was that it reminded me so much of my life in my 20s and it was lovely to read about the lives of people 50 years earlier and having them do the same crazy things, and go to exactly the same parties and have some similar dramas.


Jan 31, Jay B. They are the people who came home from the war, dlellon I used to meet in bars around Durban, those boozy old men. Strange that I haven’t heard more people talk about it.

I came to Go assuming it clelllon be a timepiece, dated but interesting.

Book review: Go, by John Clellon Holmes

Create a free website or blog at WordPress. One interesting angle is when the Huncke character and two other underworlders, a slumped junkie named “Little Rock” who the character Hobbes based on Holmes casts as the epitome of “coolness” and a tall redhead named Winnie, move to Stofsky’s apartment, using it to stash stolen goods, with increasing obviousness–the Stofsky character sees himself as a prophet subverting social values by hanging around with “the world’s doomed and outcast” or some other such Blakean Ginsbergism.

Unbeknownst to her, Hobbes is writing love letters, often unsent, to a woman he met in college several years ago, whom he hasn’t seen since then. Nevertheless, Hobbes and Pasternak finish their novels, and Pasternak’s is accepted by a publisher. Drafted two months before Jack Kerouac began On The Road, Go is the first and most accurate chronicle of the private lives lived by the Beats before they became public figures.

Go is intelligent and observant without a trace of the heavy handed stylistic treatments of Kerouac with his “Bop Prosody” methods hohn optimism and wonder in at ‘s America. It often meanders too long or falls in love with the sound of its own voice. The same cast of characters are on board: There was a problem filtering reviews right now.


Goodreads is the world’s largest site for readers with over 50 million reviews. El Sobrino James Purdy. They are the people who came home from the war, whom I used to meet in bars around Durban, those boozy old men. My first Holmes book. Holmes was a friend of Kerouac and of many other prominent members of the Beat Generation.

Where women come and go inconsequentially in Kerouac novels with little fanfare, Holmes gives nearly equal consideration to females and their role in the scene. I’m hllmes sure how much I liked Holmes, I thought it was a bit telling that the only scene he made up was his wife sleeping with Kerouac, which seemed rather mean.

It took me a short while to figure out who was who, I really enjoyed this novel, for me clelloon was fascinating to have such a different outlook into the beats. Email required Address never made public. It was a kind of presupposition.

Holmes tells us what was happening back in New York while Kerouac and Cassidy were off on their wild road trips.