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, is the first novel published by a member of the so- called Beat Generation of the s in the United States. The years immediately . Before the world knew Kerouac, Ginsberg, and Cassady, this “brilliant and important” novel chronicled the author’s early years among the Beats (Los Angeles.

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In the sixties Holmes’s world of New York seemed like some magic golden age, and looking back from now to the sixties, vy seems like the real golden age. What he longed for became part of our vision. Where’s that high-rider sass, man? The book serves as a good insight into the beginnings of the Beat movement and provides an interesting look at their interpersonal relationships clelon it does lack the almost lyrical style of other Beat memoirs.

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Vy comes off like one of Corso’s drunken rants about how he was cheated out of being more famous than Ginsberg or Kerouac or Burroughs. This tale of drugs, jazz, sex, and streets proves that the Beat Generation invented a lifestyle as well as a revolutionary literature and perspective.

Just like Kerouac, Holmes has a lot of those moments where you just have to stop and bask in the glow of the writing every so often. How would you answer that question? Aug 08, Christine No rated it really liked it. Drafted two months before Jack Kerouac began On The Road, Go is the first and most accurate chronicle of the ho lives lived by the Beats before they became public figures.

Partly because it concerns the lives of beat generation writers in New York in the late ‘s who, like many readersd hold a fascination for me, with their full frontal assault on straight society but also because its well written and accessible.

You also get a better perspective on the lives of the women who hung out with the Beats, and all the horrors they put up with. In I used to Go is generally regarded as the first novel of the Beat Generation, written between andand first published innearly sixty years ago. Later there’s a shock of unexpected tragedy, then more totally unexpected comedy in the shadow of death, and next, tears were flowing, all within a few pages.


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Nevertheless, Hobbes and Pasternak finish their novels, and Pasternak’s is accepted by a publisher. 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.

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It was the presupposition with which I read Go the first time. Does the poet say to himself “come, stay” in this moment, explore its meaning?

Please email webmaster fantasticfiction. Jul 29, Josh holmrs it really liked it. Email required Address never made public. It balances the ecstatic holes of Kerouac and Ginsberg with the observations of a clinical middle-class eye. But it cleloon sounded more exciting than the lives we lived in the s. Indeed, Jack Kerouac’s novel, On the Road, became the most famous portrayal of this generation, but Go appeared five years before Kerouac’s book was published.

Return to Book Page. A pretty great window goo the inner workings of the Beats right before they started to publish and become famous. 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 feet after the war.

In “Go” Clellon Holmes approached classic literature as opposed to the forging, freshness and gimmicks of bebop prose.

It is an old fashioned sort of novel, in spite of its subject matter, an odd holmee of the social chronicles of Balzac and the mad mystical dialogues of Dostoevsky. Share your thoughts with other customers.

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Customers who bought this item also bought. I had to work to get through it because so many things seem clellob tame in light of the drug revolution of the 60s and today’s drug crisis. Something new and exciting was being born in American society and culture in the fifties New York yo elsewhere and we have John Clellon Holmes to thank for giving us this fine portrait of how it really was in those early days.

If you are reading the same edition as me, don’t read the forward first. As an historical artifact, we get a good fo of the Beats and what life was like for their circle in New York in the Forties, like searching the sketchy bars of Times Square for a possible weed connection. This is virtually all true and the portraits here of the big three Ginsberg, Kerouac and Cassady are great to see.


Dec 12, Rebecca McNutt rated yo really liked it Shelves: At times the novel is plodding: Customers who viewed this item also viewed. Though not as lyrical or experimental as many of the other beat writers I’ve read, this book finds its own impressive voice in its commentary on the times. The perpetual imbalance and lack of security of walking on the wild side.

The main character, Paul Hobbes, is working on clellom novel, as is his close friend, Gene Pasternak. I thought about it for a while, and looked at the other answers that had been given. I didn’t know how dated a novel about the beat generation would be, but I find that human relationships really haven’t evolved much, and this writer knows how to dig deep. Another of the characters in GoPaul Hobbes who represents Holmes himself doesn’t have dreams and visions like Stofsky, but gradually comes to realise that their values and their life of endless boozy partying are rather shallow.

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In lucid fictional prose designed to capture the events, emptions and cleklon of his experience, Holmes describes an individualistic post-World II New York where crime is celebrated, writing is revered, and parties, booze, discussions, drugs and sex punctuate life.

Visit our Beautiful Books page and find lovely books for kids, photography lovers and more. It was only 20 years beforeyet is now forty years ago. Jul 27, Greg rated it really liked it Shelves: May 05, Tim Boroughs rated it really liked it. It is really well written, but maybe doesn’t have that wild, almost frenetic feel that the more well known writers from this group achieved later on. He was often referred to as the “quiet Beat,” and was one of Kerouac’s closest friends. But the prospect of relief made you clellom and you jammed your finger down your throat.

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