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Beat Generation

Beat Generation - 05 edition

Beat Generation - 05 edition

ISBN13: 9781560258940

ISBN10: 1560258942

Beat Generation by Jack Kerouac - ISBN 9781560258940
Cover type: Paperback
Edition: 05
Copyright: 2005
Publisher: Thunder's Mouth Press
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Beat Generation by Jack Kerouac - ISBN 9781560258940

ISBN13: 9781560258940

ISBN10: 1560258942

Cover type: Paperback
Edition: 05

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Summary

The Beat Generation is a play about tension, about friendship, and about karma--what it is and how you get it. It begins one fine morning with a few friends, honest laborers some of them, some close to being down-and-out, passing around a bottle of wine. It ends with a kind of satori-like reaffirmation of the power of friendship, of doing good through not doing, and the intrinsic worth of the throwaway little exchanges that make up our lives.

Written in 1957, the same year that On the Road was first published, and set in 1953, The Beat Generation portrays an authentic and alternate 1950s America. Kerouac's characters are working-class men and women--a step away from vagrants, but not a big step. Their dialogue positively sings, suggesting jazz riffs in their rhythm and content, and Kerouac, like a master composer, arranges it to magical effect. Here is the heart and soul of the beat mentality, the zeitgeist that blossomed over the decades and eventually culminated in the counter-culture of 1960s America. It's a spirit that still lives.