The Sea Is My Brother

The Sea Is My Brother

The Lost Novel

Book - 2013
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In the spring of 1943, twenty-one-year old Jack Kerouac set out to write his first novel. Working diligently day and night to complete it by hand, he titled it The Sea Is My Brother . Nearly seventy years later, its long-awaited publication provides fascinating details and insight into the early life and development of an American literary icon. A clear precursor to such landmark works as On the Road , The Dharma Bums , and Visions of Cody , it is an important formative work that hints at the hallmarks of classic Kerouac: the search for spiritual meaning in a materialistic world, spontaneous travel as the true road to freedom, late nights in bars engaged in intense conversation, the desperate urge to escape from society, and the strange, terrible beauty of loneliness.
Publisher: Boston : Da Capo Press, 2013, c2011.
Edition: Expanded critical edition, first Da Capo Press edition
ISBN: 9780306821806
Branch Call Number: FIC Kerou 2013
Characteristics: viii, 423 pages : illustrations
Additional Contributors: Ward, Dawn


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May 15, 2012

The book is OK. Just because it was written in 1943. Otherwise it holds little interest and should have been titled: My Brother is at the bottom of the bottle. It's the beginning of the "On the Road" philosophy of the Great Escape. The discourses are dated and staled by our 2012 eyes ( communism, capitalism, the Brotherhood of Man...) The book ends with the preacher-baker down-poring his swill as the boat continues its trek. I wonder what kind of novels Kerouac would be writing if he were still among us and did not die at 47 years old (of you know what...)

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