Best Beat book ever

Discussion in 'Beat and Hippie Books' started by gulfwinds, Jun 13, 2005.

  1. hobohemia

    hobohemia Member

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    Al throw my hat in for 'the dharma bums', couldn't hack some of his stuff, found 'on the road' to be good but this was just...inspirin'
     
  2. Merry Prankster612

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    on the road. hands down.
     
  3. h3athrow

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    Anyone read John Clellon Holmes's "Go"? It's a great novel that actually fictionalizes actual experiences of beat authors in New York during the peak. Also, I recently saw "And the Hippos Were Boiled in Their Tanks" -- Kerouac and Burroughs's long-unpublished collaboration -- was recently published. Anyone read that yet?
     
  4. Freekowtski

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    just read some books by Kerouac. my fav's The Dharma Bums.
     
  5. free.spirit

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    Lullabies for Little Criminals - Heather O'Neil.
    by the end of the book i felt like I knew Baby, the lead character so this is the kinda book where you can easily put yourself in the characters place, relate to them, or to me, i felt more like i knew her my whole life. Great read.
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    Bright Shiny Morning - James frey.
    This book almost more of a work of art than a novel, cause it has SO many different stroies intertwined, some characters were never to be seen again, and others stayed throughout the whole book, but it was just simply AMAZING, and definitely original.
     
  6. Geprodis

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    James Frey is not a Beat lol.

    Kerouac is the best for prose. Yes read "On the Road" but def. do not stop there.

    Dharma Bums is great...I really like Visions of Cody.

    Burroughs is also great.

    it's weird because Neil Cassady, who was the hero of Kerouac's novels, shows up in Electric Kool-Aid with Kesey.
     
  7. Om Organizer

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    Dharma Bums I guess.
     
  8. BlackTar_46

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    one of my favorites is That was then, this is now. its an amazin read
     
  9. Kumaji

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    Read the writer who inspired the Beats, known as the grandfather of the Beats...the one they and the Rolling Stones and many countless others including myself made pilgrimage and paid homage to...Paul Bowles.

    Find an OLD copy of The Delicate Prey and other short stories...if it does not have an impact on your life, you are already dead.
     

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