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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]

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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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5.0 étoiles sur 5 YESSS! 14 mars 2012
Par islander - Publié sur
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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3.0 étoiles sur 5 Probably not the best place to start 23 janvier 2013
Par J. Shetrone - Publié sur
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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4.0 étoiles sur 5 more polished than most novels by 21-year olds 6 septembre 2012
Par R. A. Frauenglas - Publié sur
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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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Interesting first effort 10 avril 2012
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First, this seems more like a long fragment than a complete novel. It does show the beginnings of the authors later style, and some formative information not found in later works. I highly recommend it for anyone who is interested in tracing the development of Kerouac as a writer.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Much Better Than I Expected 20 mai 2012
Par Michael P. McCullough - Publié sur
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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