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ISBN-10: 0140144528
ISBN-13: 9780140144529
Publisher: Penguin Books
Publish Date: 06/01/1991
Dimensions: 7.74" L, 5.06" W, 0.43" H

Visions of Gerard

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Overview

“[A] pleasant and underrated surprise . . . [Visions of Gerard] has a winning simplicity and sweetness.” —The Washington Post

The first book in Kerouac’s Duluoz Legend, a novella detailing the writer’s early life as refracted through the prism of the untimely loss of his brother

Unique among Jack Kerouac’s novels, Visions of Gerard captures the scenes and sensations of earliest childhood, the first four years in the life of Ti Jean Duluoz as they unfold in the short, tragic-happy life of his brother, Gerard. Set in Kerouac’s hometown of Lovell, Massachusetts, childhood’s intensity, innocence, suffering, and delight unfold as Gerard interacts with animals, has visions of Our Lady in heaven, astonishes the priest in the church confessional, and observes his family as they laugh and drink and weep–that is, when he isn’t sick and confined to bed.

A novel that Kerouac called my best most serious sad and true book yet, Visions of Gerard is a beautiful, unsettling, and melancholic exploration of the meaning and precariousness of existence.

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"Kerouac's heartfelt ode to his brother, who died young, and to his hometown of Lowell, Mass., always fires me up anew about the power of language, and reminds me that the highest aim of writing is to jolt us (albeit temporarily) into a more awake and uncertain state of mind." –George Saunders, The Week

"Childhood death and family sorrow - the earliest and most heartfelt chapter of Kerouac's fictionalized autobiography." –Ann Charters

"[T]he heart of Kerouac's mature fiction . . . [contains] depths that seem fresh, even revelatory." –The Washington Post

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Details

ISBN-10: 0140144528
ISBN-13: 9780140144529
Publisher: Penguin Books
Publish Date: 06/01/1991
Dimensions: 7.74" L, 5.06" W, 0.43" H
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