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  • Paperback
  • 432 pages
  • Desolation Angels
  • Jack Kerouac
  • English
  • 06 October 2019
  • 9781573225052

10 thoughts on “Desolation Angels

  1. says:

    This book is the best reason I can think of for anyone ever learning to read I ve spent most of it with my mouth metaphorically hanging open, and my heart perpetually glowing and breaking along with Kerouac s various and numerous highs and lows Can you be in love with someone who died years before you were even a twinkle in the eye of the universe I think so This is not On the Road, and On the Road is nothing by comparison That is, if there can be any other piece of writing that could even come close to being comparable with Desolation Angels Of course, from somewhere and someone there will be, but with the same kind of sincerity and authenticity that Kerouac delivers I seriously doubt it The things he sees and thinks and writes, they re gorgeous, uplifting, insane, horrific, and sometimes bleak beyond belief But through it all there is a shocking sweetness and sometimes earnest naivety from Kerouac himself, which endears so much about the world to I m certain anyone who reads it I still don t believe in God, but Kerouac has given me the best reasons why belief is still important, and can still be beautiful Oh, and the temptation to hop on a train and disappear into the unknown, is a force to contend with once finished You know when you ve just finished reading something utterly wonderful, and you feel all pretentiously gob smacked that your brain has been irrevocably changed My poor brain There s no going back.


  2. says:

    Described by some as Kerouac s best work, Desolation Angels contains everything you would come to expect from a key writer of the Beat Generation, with an abundance of Jack s sometimes difficult to grasp Spontaneous Prose This was such a mixed bag for me, from the stream of his semi conscious jazz like rhythm fuzzy beatnik mind, to the clearer and poignant writing later on that chronicles the travelling lives of himself, his friends, including Irwin Garden Allen Ginsberg and Bull Hubbard William Burroughs , Cody Pomeray Neal Cassady and towards the end, an emotive journey with his own mother Even William Carlos Williams gets a brief appearance later on The biggest problem came in the first one hundred pages or so, thrown straight into the deep end with some egocentric text that I struggled to fathom Jack Duluoz Kerouac spends an age stuck on a mountain desolation peak recording a long hot summer fire watching, searching for spiritual meaning, and just getting high A lot of what he rabbles on about didn t make a blind bit of sense, but still somehow through the blurry images managed to convey a feeling of loneliness and isolation, creating an epiphany rooted solely in the self, before finally plodding on down to life below, and where his writing started to pick up Not just slightly, but massively For me though, the best this book had to offer didn t happen until past the mid way point, simply because it was reader friendly.Whether travelling with a purpose, or just aimlessly wandering, you get the sense of importance not just through miles covered, but an internal journey shaping his life He proceeds to travel south, down the West Coast of America, staying in San Francisco, on into Mexico where he falls in with his buddies, back north to New York, before a ships voyage to Tangiers that seemed to be the drugs capital of the world, before a knackered Duluoz finally takes in Paris and London albeit briefly Heading back to the States he embarks on a trip with his mother through Florida, Texas, the tip of Mexico and California again This was him at his most affecting as a writer Many people he runs into, whether those he knows or his proper friends who feature regularly seem to live a constant stream of reading, writing, drinking, smoking, some screwing with prostitutes and drug taking It sounds like a blast them having the time of their lives, but for the reader there is sometimes so much crammed in to short passages it s hard to keep up on what s what There is a little misogyny, and a few below the belt occurrences, but for a book of this nature that s to be expected.I am not suddenly going to turn into a big admirer of kerouac s work His poetry didn t connect with me at all I never got to finish On the Road , and are in no hurry to read him again any time soon But this was my best kerouac experience to date It took a while to get going, had some great moments both funny and moving, and I appreciate his unique style a little now.Two stars for the first third, three to four for everything else.


  3. says:

    My life is a vast and insane legend reaching everywhere without beginning or ending, like the Void like Samsara A thousand memories come like tics all day perturbing my vital mind with almost muscular spasms of clarity and recall Solitude isn t for Jack Kerouac alone on the mountain peak he is tortured and intimidated by loneliness and gets bored with it the vision of the freedom of eternity which I saw and which all wilderness hermitage saints have seen, is of little use in cities and warring societies such as we have So back to the madding crowd where Jack Kerouac does belong Now everything is too cool for a fight, now it s jazz, the place is roaring, all beautiful girls in there, one mad brunette at the bar drunk with her boys One strange chick I remember from somewhere, wearing a simple skirt with pockets, her hands in there, short haircut, slouched, talking to everybody Up and down the stairs they come The bartenders are the regular band of Jack, and the heavenly drummer who looks up in the sky with blue eyes, with a beard, is wailing beer caps of bottles and jamming on the cash register and everything is going to the beat It s the beat generation, it s b at, it s the beat to keep, it s the beat of the heart, it s being beat and down in the world and like oldtime lowdown and like in ancient civilizations the slave boatmen rowing galleys to a beat and servants spinning pottery to a beat The faces Beatniks seem to have existed only to burn their lives like those moths circling around a candle flame disoriented and hypnotized desolation angels.


  4. says:

    Desolation Angels starts where Kerouac left us at the end of The Dharma Bums On Desolation Peak Although the two books kind of flow into each other you will notice that Kerouac has changed After the thrilling and fervid On The Road he became quiet and meditative He still has that excitement for life and experience and that somehow never ending urge to be on the road and hang out with his old Beat buddies but eventually he can t identify with the spirit of the so called Beat Generation any Throughout the book he spends lots of time in solitude thinking, drinking and writing Some of these passages have been a little challenging if not boring to me I don t know, it seems you have to be in a certain mood to feel Kerouacs writing because sometimes, I experienced the truth of his words so intensely I thought that every single sentence has to be carved in stone and I wanted to go outside and yell it at the dreary people.What should I say It is a book about solitude, friendship and poetry If you liked The Dharma Bums, Desolation Angels should follow.


  5. says:

    My favourite Kerouac book so far If there is a continuum of idealism, which starts from On the Road and on through The Dharma Bums , it is at this book which follows on from The Dharma Bums that the cracks are really beginning to appear in Jack Kerouac s experience.Yet to put it so simply feels like a crude summing up of what Jack Kerouac was really about His ability to capture the highs, the lows, the humor and the horror of life is nothing short of inspiring And who am I, really, to comment on such a great mind.In the final chapter of this book, Kerouac writes in relation to Neal Cassidy, though he is obviously making a wider point He is a believer in life and he wants to go to Heaven but because he loves life so he embraces it so much he thinks he sins and will never see Heaven You could have ten thousand cold eyed Materialistic officials claim they love life too but can never embrace it so near sin and also never see Heaven They will contemn the hot blooded life lover with their cold papers on a desk because they have no blood and therefore have no sin No They sin by lifelessness They are the ogres of Law entering the Holy Realm of Sin This is a typical moment in the book, where Kerouac merges poetry with prose, so that there is no clear distinction between the two But it is what he is getting at here that felt so significant to me, something clearly beyond any idealistic view of the world and our experiences within aye.


  6. says:

    While I truly loved On the Road, I was pleasantly surprised when I read Dharma Bums and found it to be an even better book However, I found Desolation Angels somewhat of a disappointmentThe book starts with his time as a fire lookout on Desolation Peak in the North Cascade, I ve learned that this section of the book was mainly taken from the journals he wrote at the time much of it deals with his musings on Buddhism and his life and I found that part to be somewhat flat.More interesting was his discussion of his actual life on the lookout and the loneliness he clearly feltThe book continues with his reconnection to the beat writers when he returns to San Francisco While there he tells Ginsburg, Cassidy and Corsi of his plans to take a freight train to Mexico and they laugh in an example of Kerouac at his best he writes But the laughter is genuinine, and I console myself with the reminder,embodied in the Tao of my Rememberance The Sage who provokes laughter is valuable than a well Kerouac does go to Mexico and here we also see Kerouac at his worst, a description of his encounter with a 14 year old prostitute I m including this writing, as offensive as it is, to remind us not to over romanticize Kerouac Kerouac writes my little girl leads me and starts washing unceremoniously in the squatting position Tres pesos she says sternly, making sure to get her 24 cents before we start When we do start she s so small you can t find her for at least a minute of probing Then the rabbits run,like American high school kids running a mile a minuteBut she is not particularly interested either I find myself losing myself in her without one iota of trained responsibility holding me back Kerouac describes his next travels to New York and meeting different women, one of whom writes a foreword in the most recent edition The writing here is again vintage On the Road Kerouac continues with his travels to Africa and Europe and this included the following poignant passage when he becomes homesick and wishes only for a box of Wheaties in an American kitchen Many Americans suddenly sick in foreign lands must get the same childlike yen, like Wolfe suddenly remembering the lonely milkman s bottle clink at dawn in North Carolina as he lies there tormented in an Oxford room, or Hemingway suddenly seeing the autumn leaves of Ann Arbor in a Berlin brothel,Scott Fitz tears coming into his eyes in Spain to think of his father s old shoes in the farmhouse door That passage reminds me of the writer that Kerouac could have become if he had continued to evolve Instead the book ends with his opening a box of the newly published On the Road and his reflections of the beat generation and what was hip and was what not, foreshadowing the disillusionment and spell that we all know sadly led to the isolated and bitter end of his life


  7. says:

    Of the many Beat writers, Burroughs and Kerouac are the two who I ve read the most and who s writing has had the most impact on me Of the two, I like Burroughs writing but find I identify with Kerouac s.The first Kerouac book I read was On The Road I was in college and I was in Spokane in the early morning waiting for a bus to take me home to Cheney I read the entire book waiting for that bus, which tells you I was way into it and that the busses In Spokane were few and far between.Having read Burroughs recently, I thought it would be swell to give Kerouac another go Desolation Angels was at my fingertips so I tackled it It s great His free form, uninterrupted writing turned me off at first, but his language, the overall style of his writing pulled me in I found myself enjoying the free form stuff and each time I encountered it I found myself, at 34, identifying with thoughts and feelings Kerouac had at 34 and writing about years later , identifying with who he was His description of people, the way he conveys their personality so freely and successfully, is marvelous And his reactions to things around him, good bad or neutral, seem terribly honest and I found myself identifying with that, as well The one thing I don t get is the sexism There s a one dimensional and fairly grim view of women in this and other Kerouac books It s sad that a movement so wrapped up and even fueled by open mindedness and acceptance of new ideas was still so backwards regarding women.What I like best is Kerouac s descriptions of his friends, the way he talks about them You feel the love in his words, the fascination with their characters and personalities And you can tell he loved the quirks than anything, that he loved every weirdness, oddity and eccentricity they had It s a pleasure to read Kerouac talking about his friends.In fact, some of my favorites parts of Desolation Angels were when he was talking about hanging out with Burroughs I could hear Burroughs voice saying the things in this book, hear his peculiar tones and inflections.And this is probably blasphemy but I kept seeing David Cross as Irwin Garden Allan Ginsberg.Really a very, very good read.


  8. says:

    Desolation Angels is heaven and hell and the world and America and the Void and his Mom Kerouac Duluoz is a despicable, noble, earnest, loving, whiny, brilliant, loyal, weak, irreplaceable, insane jazz poet As a preamble, listen to Bob Dylan s Desolation Row and realize how he creates surprisingly linear beauty tangentially, and then crank up the random o meter one hundred times for Kerouac One thousand preliminarily random images turn into a masterful Pointillist painting in prose Bebop improvisation touching on a particular theme from a million different angles placates those of us requiring a story if we are patient His prose is so poetic at times that it s exhausting infinitely compressed like a neutron star In Desolation Angels he is Dharma Bum, addict, alcoholic, villain, criminal, poet, preacher, seer, mystic and finally Penitente and Bodhisattva having simultaneously reached the gates of Heaven Nirvana and found himself unforgivable From Desolation Peak and Seattle to Frisco to Mexico City and New York across the Atlantic to Tangiers, Paris and London from Florida to Berkeley and back again Desolation Angels is ontogeny recapitulating phylogeny his whole rucksack lost and found every work, every poem, every sketch every howl Ginsberg, Dali, Burroughs are all there, the pantheon of crazy pathetic beat angels.


  9. says:

    Forget On The Road this is Kerouac at his best Combining the spiritual philosophies of the Dharma Bums, the road and parties and seeking of On The Road and the desolation and isolation of the human spirit in the abyss of nature of Big Sur To me, this is Jack s most accessible and balanced writing, not only for the content, but also for his lyrical prose being at its finest Genius


  10. says:

    Another excellent chapter in his life, with many great moments Geographically wide ranging, from the isolation of Desolation Peak in Washington state to lively San Fran, to the slums and mescal of Mexico City, back to friends and new lovers in NY City, then to Tangiers with morphine addicted Burroughs and his new book Nude Supper , haha, to LA by bus with his mother, and finally to Florida to rest his weary tired soul Definitely felt the desolation throughout this book, over and over he talks of meaninglessness and death, yet interspersed is still a great spark of life, reverence and friendship, and some reflections on his burgeoning fame just prior to Road s publication, and he, already fatigued by the media and public s reactions and exaggerations My third favorite, after Road and Sax, and still some great ones remain


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About the Author: Jack Kerouac

Jack Kerouac was born Jean Louis Lebris de Kerouac on March 12, 1922, in Lowell, Massachusetts Jack Kerouac s writing career began in the 1940s, but didn t meet with commercial success until 1957, when On the Road was published The book became an American classic that defined the Beat Generation Kerouac died on October 21, 1969, from an abdominal hemorrhage, at age 47.