Maggie Cassidy

Maggie Cassidy

by Jack Kerouac

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"When someone asks 'Where does [Kerouac] get that stuff?' say: 'From you!' He lay awake all night listening with eyes and ears. A night of a thousand years. Heard it in the womb, heard it in the cradle, heard it in school , heard it on the floor of life's stock exchange where dreams are traded for gold." —Henry Miller

One of the dozen books written by Jack Kerouac in the early and mid-1950s, Maggie Cassidy was not published until 1959, after the appearance of On the Road had made its author famous overnight, Long out of print, this touching novel of adolescent love in a New England mill town, with its straight-forward narrative structure, is one of Kerouac's most accesible works. It is a remarkable , bittersweet evocation of the awkwardness and the joy of growing up in America.

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ISBN-13: 9781101548790
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 08/01/1993
Sold by: Penguin Group
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 208
File size: 332 KB
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Jack Kerouac(1922-1969), the central figure of the Beat Generation, was born in Lowell, Massachusetts, in 1922 and died in St. Petersburg, Florida, in 1969. Among his many novels are On the Road, The Dharma Bums, Big Sur, and Visions of Cody.

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Maggie Cassidy 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Ah, the highs and lows of the beat generation. Kerouac, THE representative of that group, is at his peak once again with MAGGIE CASSIDY. Why 'On the Road' gets so much attention when books like this are so much better, is beyond me. Marketing, I suppose. MC is, for the most part, a love story, the way his 'Tristessa' is, but this one centers more around the teenage years and all the foibles that come with that territory. And there are a lot. The characters seem original and fresh, even after all these years, the way McCrae's 'Katzenjammer' does, or the way some of Burrough's writing is. The big reason I liked this book so much was not the story, however, but the style in which it was written. Descriptions are great, full, and fecund, and the tone is bittersweet, with a haunting quality probably due to its setting--the 1930s. I highly recommend this book, along with another great book I just read: Katzenjammer by McCrae. You can't go wrong with Kerouac, however.
manatree on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Had it's moments, but Kerouac's schtick just isn't my cuppa tea.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Guest More than 1 year ago
Wonderful story of small-town America in the late 1930s and first loves; unlike any other Kerouac novel.