Maggie Cassidy

Maggie Cassidy

by Jack Kerouac


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2019 Reprint of 1959 Edition. Full facsimile of the original edition, not reproduced with Optical Recognition software. “Set in the close-knit working-class French-Canadian community of Lowell, Massachusetts, Maggie Cassidy is a semi-autobiographical account of Kerouac’s adolescence. The story is recounted through the teenage mind of the author’s alter ego, Jack Duluoz, a high school athletics and American football star. Maggie Cassidy is a meditation on being in love and youthful innocence. A memoir of the fantasy-filled memories of adolescent years spent male bonding with his ‘corner boys’, recollecting on his mother’s expectations and time spent with his father, it is above all an account of his first love, high-school sweetheart, Maggie Cassidy. The romantic relationship is adeptly portrayed as a pure, passionate, exuberant love, narrated with deep and profound insights. Towards the end of the book Jack moves to a school in New York on a sports scholarship, leaving Maggie behind in Lowell. The culmination of the story comes three years later when Jack, now a man, visits her there. With the passage of time and the resulting altered motives and desires, the innocence has been lost and the resulting liaison is unfulfilled. Perhaps the ending is illustrative of the nature of Kerouac’s own adulthood relationships.” Guy Portman’s Blog.

Though one of the author’s less well known books, Maggie Cassidy is a captivating work that utilizes long sentences and a fluid narrative style – the hallmark of the experimental, spontaneous writing form, pioneered by Kerouac, the reluctant leader of The Beat Generation.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781684223145
Publisher: Martino Fine Books
Publication date: 02/18/2019
Pages: 198
Sales rank: 1,134,908
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.45(d)

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.