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Jack's Book: An Oral Biography of Jack Kerouac

Jack's Book: An Oral Biography of Jack Kerouac

作者 : Barry Gifford/ Lawrence Lee

出版社 : PENGUIN GROUP (USA) INC.

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定價 : NT 560

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了解Jack Kerouac的最重要文本,無論文字或照片都是一時之選。-- Joyce Johnson,美國國家圖書獎得主。

《On The Road》,時代雜誌遴選為1923年以來英語小說最佳一百本之一,更是美加兩地每年可賣出十萬冊的長賣型暢銷書。

1947年,Jack Kerouac便已在腦海中架構故事,隨之寫於隨身攜帶的小冊子裡。自1951年至1957年,歷經無數次修改、校正與潤稿,以及許多出版社的閉門羹。這本書,是Jack Kerouac以離經叛道、驚世駭俗的生活方式與文學主張,花掉他前半生心血與恆久耐力譜出的傳世鉅作,更代表了那Beat Generation,垮掉的一代,震撼了當時五六十年代美國主流文化的價值觀與社會觀。

Jack Kerouac創造了一種狂野散文,他自傳體的生活實錄,帶有一種漫無情節的隨意性和挑釁性,顛覆了傳統的寫作風格。而他疏狂漫遊、沉思頓悟的生活方式不僅影響「垮掉的一代」,亦成為現代人所追尋的一種理想。

不同於他自寫的《On The Road》,作者使用了一種獨特的文學手法,透過他的戀人、朋友、工作夥伴、同學與家人的採訪與回裔,側面紀錄下他47年短暫卻精采的人生,究竟Jack Kerouac的傳奇如同他在《On The Road》所寫的還是這本書所呈現的?相信讀者在閱讀之後,會看到一個更多面向的Jack Kerouac。

Here, in what has become a classic of its kind since its publication in 1978, is the fascinating story of Jack Kerouac, "King of the Beats" and American literary legend, recorded through the voices of his friends and lovers.

Authors Barry Gifford and Lawrence Lee retraced Kerouac's life at home and on the road and talked with the prophets, musicians, poets, socialites, and working people who knew Jack Kerouac. Some are famous like Allen Ginsberg, Gore Vidal, William Burroughs, Gary Snyder, among others; and some are not like Jack's boyhood buddies, his lovers, and his barroom companions.

All, however, have contributed to a remarkably vibrant, riveting portrait of a life. We see Jack at Columbia University and on the scene of Greenwich Village; speeding across the tarmac of America with Neal Cassidy ("Dan Moriarty" in Kerouac's classic novel, On the Road); at home with his possessive mother; in California, drinking wine and talking Buddhism; and finally, in Florida, where his life ends tragically at forty-seven years old.

Jack's Book, like Kerouac's novels, makes a unique contribution to our understanding of a man and a generation that shaped the dreams and visions of those who followed.

 

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