Unmistakably autobiographical, Big Sur, Kerouac’s ninth novel, was written as the ‘King of the Beats’ was approaching middle-age and reflects his struggle to come to terms with his own myth.
The magnificent and moving story of Jack Duluoz, a man blessed by great talent and cursed with an urge towards self-destruction, Big Sur is at once Kerouac’s toughest and his most humane work.
Reviews of Big Sur
‘Big Sur has a swing and a concern with living, a feeling for nature, a self-doubting humour and an awareness of posture which puts it squarely in the powerful tradition of American folk writing. Stunning and vivid.’ Sunday Times
‘In Big Sur, the mirror of the Beat way of life is hammered at and it shatters. The Kerouac hero “cracks up” while doing the things he has always liked best to do.’ New York Times