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The Sea Is My Brother: The Lost Novel (Original Novel Sans Commentary) Kerouac, Jack ( Author ) Mar-20-2012 Hardcover (Anglais) Relié – 20 mars 2012


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Jack Kerouac, né en 1922 dans le Massachusetts est d'origine canadienne-française et bretonne. C'est le chantre le plus écouté de ce groupe de romanciers et de poètes américains, qui s'est donné le nom de "beat generation". Il est mort en Floride en 1969.

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YESSS! 14 mars 2012
Par islander - Publié sur Amazon.com
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There have long been audio recordings available in which Kerouac spiels segments of this narrative. One of his pivotal travel experiences, the Merchant Marine stint introduced Ti Jean to the dilapidated wharves and rotting skid roads lining the Hudson. (The remnants barely remain beneath the Pulaski Skyway.) Here, he honed his sense for sniffing out the "other" America that rarely made itself known, that one of a decaying beauty, the wabi-sabi of an always already rusting hulk of industrial might have been. It is about time that this has found release.
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more polished than most novels by 21-year olds 6 septembre 2012
Par R. A. Frauenglas - Publié sur Amazon.com
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This novel was written in the Spring of 1943, seven years before his first "official" novel, The Town and the City, was published in 1950. The Sea Is My Brother was Kerouac's first major work & until now has never been published in its entirety. He wrote this, when he was just 21 & had completed his first tour as a Merchant Marine. Belying Truman Capote's famous quip that Kerouac was not a writer but just a typist, this book was entirely written by hand.
A reader can see it's a novel of a 21-year old author but it's far from amateurish & is more polished than most first novels by 21-year olds. It's very much a coming of age novel & illustrates Kerouac's habit of dropping out of his normal routines to go to sea in the Merchant Marine, or travel down to Mexico or hitchhike cross country. One can see glimpses of the stream of consciousness writing for which Kerouac became famous. Here is a perfect example of one of those long stream of consciousness sentences:
"This was it! That air, that water, the ship's gentle plunges, the way a universe of pure wind drove off the Westminster's smoke and absorbed it, the way white-capped waves flashed green, blue, and pink in the primordial dawn light, the way this Protean ocean extended its cleansing forces up, down, and in a terrific cyclorama to all directions."
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Probably not the best place to start 23 janvier 2013
Par J. Shetrone - Publié sur Amazon.com
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I've never read any Kerouac, so when this book was chosen for my book club I decided to give it a go.

I thought it was an interesting story, if a bit aimless. Its main purpose seems to be an exploration of two aspects of Kerouac's own personality -- the responsible, academic side, and the nomadic free spirit that's more evident in his later works. Each aspect is depicted as a different character. There is also a lot of rhetoric surrounding communism and fascism and the Spanish Civil War. Those are the parts of the book that didn't really appeal to me. I'm not a fan of reading long-winded conversations and/or monologues regarding people's personal philosophies.

Having never read Kerouac before, I had no frame of reference when it came to his writing style. However, according to others in the club who have read his works, this one isn't as well written as his later work, though you can see the beginnings of his style.

I'm generally of the opinion that "lost" works were probably lost for a reason. But, if you are a fan of Kerouac, I think there's enough here to keep your interest. Otherwise, you may want to start with one of his more known works.
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Much Better Than I Expected 20 mai 2012
Par Michael P. McCullough - Publié sur Amazon.com
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I was surprised by how much I liked this one. I assumed that it'd be something like *And the Hippos Were Boiled in Their Tanks* (which was written around the same era, and would not be at all interesting if somebody other than JK and WB had written it). I thought if *The Sea Is My Brother* had been any good at all then why hasn't been published until recently? After all there's a lot of money to be made with a "lost" Kerouac novel.

Well I can see why it was never released in the 50s or 60s (or 70s and 80s, for that matter) - this book is full of Marxist/ Communist rhetoric. I don't think people are threatened by that too much now after the fall of the Soviet Union and the transformation of China into a capitalistic communist country, etc.

There really isn't much of a story here and the book simply ends right about as it seems to be starting - and it reads almost like a series of writing exercises and character sketches for a creative writing class he might have been taking; but in spite of these facts the spirit of the novel and the attitude of the narrative is pretty much everything I loved about more important Kerouac novels like *On the Road* and *Dharma Bums.* The whole outlook is one of optimism, hope, and growth and you could imagine that these guys would grow up to be adventurously hitchhiking cross country with Sal and Dean.
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An Early Kerouac Novel 16 janvier 2013
Par Robin Friedman - Publié sur Amazon.com
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Jack Kerouac (1922 -- 1969) painstakingly wrote "The Sea is my Brother", his first novel, in longhand in 1943 at the age of 21. The book predates by seven years "The Town and the City" (1950), Kerouac's first published novel. The Town and the City Published at last in 2012, "The Sea is my Brother" includes a perceptive introduction and analysis of the book by Kerouac scholar Dawn Ward. Joyce Johnson's recent biography of Kerouac, "The Voice is All" The Voice Is All: The Lonely Victory of Jack Kerouac also discusses this early effort.

The book is readable in its own right and for the insights it offers into the United States during the early days of WW II. There is a great deal of rambling, philosophical discussion about Marxism, fascism, and the goal of the War. The theme of the book is that opposition to fascism and support of socialism are insufficient, in their materialism, to make life meaningful. Spirituality, individuality, and a sense of human brotherhood independent of economics and politics, Kerouac suggests, are necessary for the good life and good society.

The short novel tells the story of two young men, Wesley Martin and Bill Everhart. The two characters are in fact one as each displays aspects of Kerouac's divided personality. As the book progresses, whether by design or by shortcomings in Kerouac's early writing, it becomes ever more difficult to distinguish the voices of the two nominally separate protagonists.

Martin is a lonely wanderer of 27 who has been at sea since the age of 17 when his youthful marriage fell apart. Everhart in an Assistant Professor of English and American Literature at Columbia University who lives with his sister and her husband and young child together with their aging father in an overcrowded apartment. Everhart is dissatisfied with himself and with what he sees as the meaningless of academic life.

The book has many of the components of Kerouac's later works in its scenes of lonely walkings through city streets, long evenings of drinking, and ranting discussions between young people heavily in their cups. Returning from a sea voyage, Martin spends through $850 in two weeks before befriending Everhart and a group of young women in a New York City bar. Everhart is persuaded to abandon his academic life and join Martin in signing up for a voyage with the Merchant Marine. During WW II the Merchant Marine was dangerous work indeed as American cargo ships were targeted and sunk with alarming frequency. Kerouac's novel shows Martin and Everhart hitchhiking together from New York City to Boston in scenes that foreshadow "On the Road".

In the final stages of the book, Martin and Everhart sail on the merchant ship the Westminister after another long rowdy and eventful evening in a local bar. Kerouac describes briefly many of the characters on the ship, particularly a large, blues-singing African American cook named Glory with a long colorful past from Richmond.After the Westminister leaves port in the company of a destroyer, the book ends abrubtly. Life on the ship is shown as the "Brotherhood of the Sea". "These men",Kerouac writes, "considered the sea a great leveler,a united force, a master comrade brooding over their common loyalties."

This early Kerouac book shows the influence of many writers. It reminded me most of Melville's novels both in its exploration of the motives of young men taking to the sea and in its treatment of divided personalities. "The Sea is my Brother" will be of most interest to readers who admire Kerouac's writing and who want to deepen their understanding of his work.

Robin Friedman
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