The Sea Is My Brother

The Sea Is My Brother

Book - 2012
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In the spring of 1943, during a stint in the Merchant Marine, twenty-one-year old Jack Kerouac set out to write his first novel. Working diligently day and night to complete it by hand, he titled it The Sea Is My Brother . Now, nearly seventy years later, its long-awaited publication provides fascinating details and insight into the early life and development of an American literary icon.

Written seven years before The Town and The City officially launched his writing career, The Sea Is My Brother marks a pivotal point in which Kerouac began laying the foundations for his pioneering method and signature style. A clear precursor to such landmark works as On the Road , The Dharma Bums , and Visions of Cody , it is an important formative work that bears all the hallmarks of classic Kerouac: the search for spiritual meaning in a materialistic world, spontaneous travel as the true road to freedom, late nights in bars and apartments engaged in intense conversation, the desperate urge to escape from society, and the strange, terrible beauty of loneliness.

Publisher: Boston : Da Capo Press, 2012, c2011.
ISBN: 9780306821257
Characteristics: xviii, 216 p. ;,23 cm.


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May 15, 2012

The book is OK. Just because it was written in 1943. Otherwise it holds little interest and should have been titled: My Brother is at the bottom of the bottle. It's the beginning of the "On the Road" philosophy of the Great Escape. The discourses are dated and staled by our 2012 eyes ( communism, capitalism, the Brotherhood of Man...) The book ends with the preacher-baker down-poring his swill as the boat continues its trek. I wonder what kind of novels Kerouac would be writing if he were still among us and did not die at 47 years old (of you know what...)

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