So what happens when I come across Giffords oral biography of Jack Kerouac? Gifford also served as a consultant on the film. The final chapter makes you cringe at the squandered talent that was flushed away with the premature death of Jack due to uncontrolled alcoholism. . Through a series of intimate interviews Gifford is able to picture a spirit that inspired a generation. Spine creases, wear to binding and pages from reading. It was one of the best biographies that I ever read. All have contributed to a remarkably vibrant, riveting portrait of a life.
As far as the biographical content of this book is concerned the interview form appears a bit too rough. Some are famous like Allen Ginsberg, Gore Vidal, William Burroughs, Gary Snyder, among others; and some are not like Jack's boyhood buddies, his lovers, and his barroom companions. Pages can include limited notes and highlighting, and the copy can include previous owner inscriptions. Their selection of Beat related books is excellent and makes me think they must do a Beat course. This is not so much a proper biography as it is raw material from which future biographers can plunder quotes for centuries to come. It would also have been very useful to have known when and in what circumstances the interviews were conducted.
Kerouac managed to publish in his short life. Some are famous Allen Ginsberg, Gore Vidal, William Burroughs ; some are not Jack's boyhood buddies, his lovers, his barroom companions. I recommend you to listen to the full audiobook Jack's An Oral Biography of Jack Kerouac, free at our library. He coauthored, with Barry Gifford, Saroyan: A Biography. All, however, have contributed to a remarkably vibrant, riveting portrait of a life. One of my favorite aspects was that they would interview several people for the same incident, and let you hear from each of them separately--rather than mashing it into a whole.
When I was younger Jack Kerouac turned me on to reading. But most of all reading these pages make you want to go and read every book, every essay, and every article that Mr. In Jack 19s Book, Gifford concentrates on the reflections of people closest to Kerouac at his peak. Tremendous as a life tale, really. About this Item: Da Capo Press, 2005. Jack's Book offers great insight of how Kerouac touched the lives of so many people over the course of his brief life. This book is more than it claims to be; it is an oral history of most of the Beat Generation with Jack as its center.
About this Item: Da Capo Press, 2005. The classic and fascinating story of Jack Kerouac, King of the Beats and American literary legend, recorded through the voices of his friends and lovers. I really enjoyed reading the words offered by Luanne Henderson mostly because of how Kerouac vilified her in On the Road that it was nice to hear her voice. It's too bad Jack, with his incredible memory, wasn't able to give an interview for this book. A great cultural piece of true 1950's americana.
Author Details Author Details Gifford, Barry Barry Gifford is a celebrated writer whose novels have been translated into twenty-five languages. Stewart, who said in an interview at the Toronto International Film Festival that On the Road has been her favorite book since she was 15, wanted to do Marylou justice. It has some fascinating stuff in it, obviously all the more fascinating when it relates to the novels you've read recently. I love biographies, though I don't read them very often. Carolyn seems like a hip chick, but she 19s never seen anything like the beats. Another bright talent squandered by alcoholism. Much of Gifford's work is nonfiction.
I found this book when i was 15 at a Barnes and Noble. Pages can include limited notes and highlighting, and the copy can include previous owner inscriptions. Jack's Book is definitely tailored to the seasoned Kerouac reader and is a great addition to the library of any Kerouac enthusiast. He's just not quite who i thought he was, none of them were. Some of the comments are very frank. Jack's Book, like Kerouac's novels, makes a unique contribution to our understanding of a man and a generation that shaped the dreams and visions of those who followed. To add to stuff I already knew is a lot of dirt, sexual mostly.
And when I was older Barry Gifford turned me on to writing. The end of the book has a section that identifies who in Kerouac's novels is supposed to be who in his real life, which is going to be an immensely helpful resource when I start delving into his body of work. All have contributed to a remarkably vibrant, riveting portrait of a life. I love biographies, though I don't read them very often. Authors Barry Gifford and Lawrence Lee retraced Kerouac's life at home and on the road and talked with the prophets, musicians, poets, socialites, and working people who knew him. A copy that has been read, but remains in clean condition. Gifford went on to write the screenplay for Lost Highway with Lynch.
Listening to Henderson offers a more personal understanding of her alter ego, Marylou, who remains something of an enigma. Jack's Book offers great insight of how Kerouac touched the lives of so many people over the course of his brief life. Barry Gifford is an American author, poet, and screenwriter known for his distinctive mix of American landscapes and film noir- and Beat Generation-influenced literary madness. Through her recollections, we get a real good feeling for how spirited and insane and colorful these people were against the stodgy black, white and grey backdrop of the 1950 19s Midwest. About this Item: Da Capo Press, 2005. They disrespected his writing style. It has some fascinating stuff in it, obviously all the more fascinating when it relates to the novels you've read recently.