Go by John Clellon Holmes My rating: 5 of 5 stars Go is generally regarded as the first novel of the Beat Generation, written between and. Go by John Clellon Holmes – book cover, description, publication history. Go, by John Clellon Holmes, is the first novel published by a member of the so- called Beat Generation of the s in the United States. The years immediately .
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It’s also contains none of the passion and verve of Kerouac and other holmws works, but this was Holmes’ admitted role with the beats, a somewhat detached observer on the fringe, rather than an ardent principal of the bea I enjoyed it, and it’s a must-read for any beat aficionado.
A generation with a new consciousness had found its voice I think Kerouac came off most like himself. Jan 31, Jay B. I totally loved this book, I can’t recommend it highly enough.
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John Clellon Holmes
Having read most of Jack Kerouac’s books about cllelon period in time, it was interesting to read about it from a different perspective.
Dec 12, Rebecca McNutt rated it really liked it Shelves: The men are mostly writers and poets, although the women in the book generally do not work in the arts. It’s basically Paul our hero and his group of character friends doing crazy and sometimes stupid things. In I used to go for lunch at hlomes Grosvenor Hotel in Soldiers Way across the road from Durban station and sip my solitary beer and eat my 15c curry for lunch, and hear them talking about Smiler Small, who cleellon to frequent the bar in Malvern, and I used to look at all the World War II memorabilia decorating the bar.
This got better and better and the finish is amazing. Go by John Clellon Holmes. After trawling through many a Kerouac novel as a youth I finally found “Go”.
Holmes definitely takes a more sober view of everything than Holms did.
It’s basically If you’re going through a “quarter life crisis,” this is the book for you. Stofsky becomes inadvertently involved in crimes by friends he has been trying to help. Thunder’s Mouth Press Availability: The book serves as a good insight into the beginnings of the Beat movement and provides an interesting look at their interpersonal relationships but it does lack the almost lyrical style of other Beat memoirs.
So reading Go is very strange. Holmes was more an observer and documenter of beat characters like Ginsberg, Cassidy and Kerouac than one of them. I’m simply regurgitating stereotypes, but they are spot on stereotypes, I guarantee.
Book review: Go, by John Clellon Holmes
Please help improve this article by adding citations to reliable sources. Larson rated it liked it. The characters in Go are, as was common in beat generation literature, representations of the real people the author knew while writing the book. Clelllon study guide contains the following sections: The New York Times.
If Kerouac is the technical chronicler of the beat generation, Holmes is the imaginitive realist; at once inside and outside of the group with a level of insight not held by others and delivering a genuine human interst story. It was full of psychology and social commentary, without being blatant about it, just in the way the characters were trying to cope with life and get by the best they could.
Notable as being the first “beat” novel, Holmes’ debut novel presents a surprising perspective on the bohemian lifestyle of that famous core group of the beats. After slogging through the middle and almost giving up, I found the third part a lot more interesting. I really enjoyed this novel, for me it was fascinating to have such a different outlook into the beats.
Drafted two months before Jack Kerouac began On The Road, Go is the first and most accurate chronicle of the private lives lived hopmes the Beats before they became public figures. It’s also divided into chapters narrated by Holmes’ character Hobbes and the Allen Ginsberg stand-in David Stofsky, making the whole seem disjointed at times. To conclude, I give you this description of the end of one of the latter: And they thought themselves so profound.
But they are the generation I associate with alien things like Frank Sinatra, and males in suits and hats, and women wearing lipstick and nylon stockings, and people trying to get back on their holmss after the war. Really awesome, like a postmodern “On The Road” you’d think was written last year deliberately to subvert the mythic image, when in fact the reverse is true: It was the presupposition with which I read Go the first time.
Nov 28, Stephen Hayes rated it it was amazing Shelves: It involves the same group of bohemians Kerouac hung with in their early stages.
Go by John Clellon Holmes
What he longed for became part of our vision. Other books in this series. Spontaneous young men and women, too, I’m sure are attracted to the spontaneous, the improvised, the random, thus the wondrous. Read more from the Study Guide.
cllellon August Learn how and when to remove this template message. Is art essentially reflective or ecstatic? He thinks of his friends, including one who had died, and wonders if anyone had actually loved them.