maandag 21 september 2015

Jack Kerouac: Lonesome Traveler

Hi again

Lonesome Traveler is a collection of short stories of 157 pages. I say collection, but it’s also an autobiographical work about his travels and the jobs he held.
I got it as a gift.

“As he roams the US, Mexico, Morocco, Paris and London, Jack Kerouac breathlessly records, in prose of pure poetry, the life of the road. Standing on the engine of a train as it rushes past fields of prickly cactus; witnessing his first bullfight in Mexico while high on opium; catching up with the beat night life in New York; burying himself in the snow-capped mountains of north-west America; meditating on a sunlit roof in Tangiers; or falling in love with Montmartre and the huge white basilica of Sacré-Coeur – Kerouac reveals the endless diversity of human life and his own high-spirited philosophy of self-fulfillment.”

I enjoyed this book very much. 

It’s a very beautifully written collection; philosophical, funny at times, sweet and thoughtful.
The most banal stuff and everyday events become something special as Kerouac writes about it.
You can feel his love for these normal things like a simple walk in his inspiring, elegant prose.

There’s not much more to say about it.

Happy reading.
Helena