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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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.
Had it's moments, but Kerouac's schtick just isn't my cuppa tea.
Wonderful story of small-town America in the late 1930s and first loves; unlike any other Kerouac novel.