Lonesome Traveler

Lonesome Traveler

by Jack Kerouac


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In his first frankly autobiographical work, Jack Kerouac tells the exhilarating story fo the years when he was writing th books that captivated and infuriated the public, restless years of wandering during which he worked as a railway brakeman in California, a steward on a tramp steamer, and a fire lookout on the crest of Desolation Peak in the Cascde Mountains.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780802130747
Publisher: Grove/Atlantic, Inc.
Publication date: 01/28/1994
Series: Kerouac, Jack Series
Edition description: Reissue
Pages: 192
Sales rank: 380,248
Product dimensions: 5.75(w) x 8.25(h) x (d)

About the Author

Jack Kerouac (1922-1969) was an American novelist, poet, and painter most closely associated with the Beat Movement of the 1950s. His most famous works include On the Road, The Dharma Bums, and Big Sur, several of which have been adapted into films. In 1959 Kerouac released his collection of poems Mexico City Blues. Few authors can claim as large an influence on American culture as Jack Kerouac and his examinations of youth and rebellion.

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Lonesome Traveler 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
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The title above gives a fair summary of Kerouac's writing style. He writes, I assume, phonetically like those around him during his transient life. This short book covers each of his brief stints during the 1950s as he tries on different impoverished lifestyles. These are: transient bum, Mexican indian pyote smoker, railroad worker, merchant marine, New York beatnik, forest ranger, and backpacking in Europe. Kerouac writes descriptively, often using a continuous stream of thought in that same phonetic train as this review's title. So, it can be hard to read at times. But if you have a sense of adventure, then it is certainly engaging. I presume he grew up in a fairly protected environment during the Great Depression and was seized with a growing fascination in the life of America's impoverished masses since that time. So, after years of schooling he finally decided to try that life on for himself. All in all, it's a unique book well worth reading. His phonetic writing style is especially prevalent in a couple of the first few chapters of the book. I sometimes found it difficult to read, but the remaining text is quite enjoyable.