Go: A Novel [John Clellon Holmes] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. Generally acknowledged to be the first Beat novel, go was originally. 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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None of them seemed satisfactory. Hobbes finds himself goo a world of promiscuity, casual drug use and petty crime but retains a ggo detachment from it, sometimes to the annoyance of his friends. Continued from Part 4. It’s definitely a powerful piece of classic literature. View the Study Pack. Fifty years ago somehow seems quite close to the present, yet ten years earlier, when Holmes wrote, seems another world, another eon, another universe. The original manuscript was named Ojhn Daybreak Boys as an allusion to a rivergang on the New York waterfront in the s, but this title was rejected as a book with a similar title had been published by Scribner’s shortly before Go was received.

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ChristianOrthodoxliterature. May 05, Tim Boroughs rated it really liked it.

Big Sur Jack Kerouac. Concerning other worlds, there are writers like Tolkien, who set his main stories entirely in another world of […].

And so it all seemed rather wonderful, transported out of its time and place into some kind of beautiful timeless realm. Go is a semi- autobiographical novel by John Clellon Holmes. And anyone who enjoys the Beat Generation has only a partial view into the beats without this early, infantile look to those that formed it. From wild all night parties to Allen Ginsberg ‘s visions of William Blake to the death of Bill Cannastrathe events of the book are largely real events, some of them alluded to in other beat works, most notably Ginsberg’s ” Howl “.


Some students from that year recently […]. Refresh and try jojn. He thinks of his friends, including one who had died, and wonders if anyone had actually loved them. We get to see his real caring nature, his eclectic personality, and his devilish playfulness, including instigating multiple conflicts based on his psychological insightful challenges toward his friends.

That said, the chapters float by like wild nights on the gritty side of town, broken up only by the bitter mornings-after that Kerouac so assiduously avoided in his more popular books. And so it all seemed rather wonderful, transported out of its time and place into some kind of clellin timeless realm.

May 11, Brian rated it liked it. They attempted to catch fire in a bottle but when the bottle was opened The devastation of the war, followed by a period of calm and order in America, created a sense of formless anxiety among young artists and thinkers.

The Beats weren’t just Madmen, On the Road, and free – they were drug addicts, petty thieves, and the drifters of the unforgiving underbelly of gk NYC.

Being from the Philly area can’t speak for other urban entitiesI could imagine these people living in West Philly in having the same set of aspirations and problems. Gl never actually read the book, or any book by the beats. Paul is growing away from them and wants to be more of an “adult. But that cinematic ending forgives all – and leaves the reader wondering where Home truly is.

Amazingly, Cassady comes off nearly the same person as Kerouac’s version, especially his dialogue, phrases, intonations and mannerisms, but in this novel I glimpsed more of his penchant for causing damage, rather than inspiration. There are others, too, but these are the best known. Leave a Reply Cancel reply Enter your comment here The end does fall apart – as though the author is trying to cram all the poetry he can into the last few scenes.


A Novel by John Clellon Holmes. That is, life lived moment to moment as it unfolds. Unbeknownst to her, Hobbes is writing love letters, often unsent, to a woman he met in college several years ago, whom he hasn’t seen since then.

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We too experienced that restless rushing around in the, rushing to Meadowlands to see Cyprian Moloi, or to Springs to see Noel Lebenya, travelling many miles to see if a friend was home, and finding that they were out, travelling many more liles to see another.

Escritos Breves James Johj. There’s also lots of tooth-gnashing over the group’s use and abuse of alcohol and drugs, and the confusion caused by several characters’ commitment to sexual freedom. I could not imagine them as part of the same world as the suits and cleplon and nylon stockings.

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Bonus, we get the live-action scene of Cassady breaking his thumb I think it’s only the aftermath in OTR, and I don’t recall it at all in the Scrollwhich in some strange way is a bit touching, even though he breaks it on his girl’s forehead. A Novel Author s: There’s also lots of tooth-gnashing over the group’s use and abuse of alcohol and drugs, and A pretty great window into the inner workings of the Beats right before they started to publish and become famous.

But it’s a jon verbose and tedious, overloaded with contrived analysis and description. When interviewed years later why he was so fascinated with this circle of friends, he replied: