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    The Subterraneans (Penguin Modern Classics) (Paperback) By (author) Jack Kerouac, Introduction by Ann Douglas

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    DescriptionThe Subterraneans haunt the bars and clubs of San Francisco, surviving on a diet of booze and benzedrine, Proust and Verlaine. Living amongst them is Leo, an aspiring writer, and Mardou, half-Indian, half-Negro, beautiful and neurotic. Their bitter-sweet and ill-starred love affair sees Kerouac at his most evocative. Many regard this as being Kerouac's most touching and tender book.

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    The Subterraneans
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Jack Kerouac, Introduction by Ann Douglas
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 192
    Width: 126 mm
    Height: 194 mm
    Thickness: 14 mm
    Weight: 100 g
    ISBN 13: 9780141184890
    ISBN 10: 0141184892

    BIC E4L: GEN
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: F1.1
    LC subject heading:
    DC21: 813.54
    BIC subject category V2: FA
    Libri: ENGM1010
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 21110
    Libri: AMER3710
    LC subject heading:
    BISAC V2.8: FIC000000
    Thema V1.0: FBA
    Penguin Books Ltd
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    Publication date
    01 September 2007
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    Author Information
    Jack Kerouac wrote a number of highly influential and popular novels - most famously the international best-seller ON THE ROAD - and is remembered as one of the key figures of the legendary Beat generation. As much as anything, he came to represent a philosophy, a way of life.
    Review text
    ..... live in the alleys of San Francisco- smoking tea- and talking of Wolfe and Baudelaire and Pound and peote- and listening to bop. And this is the Joycean and/or junk-induced free-for-all recall of one of them, an "unself-confident egomaniac" Leo Percepied (Canuck) and his involvement with the Negro (part Cherokee) Mardou Fox whose "glittering glee eyes" reveal that she'd flipped and is still under therapy but whose warm brown body and feet "in thongs of sandals of such sexuality- looking-greatness" make him want to make her, which he does, so that he drinks less and stops writing altogether until he loses her when he goes on to writing this which in all the giddy gratification and laceration of words in also foully phallic and probably as good an example of how far you can go in print without the benefit of punctuation let alone taste. (Kirkus Reviews)