Jack’s Book by Barry Gifford audiobook

Jack’s Book: An Oral Biography of Jack Kerouac

By Barry Gifford and Lawrence Lee
Read by Mauro Hantman

By Barry Gifford and Lawrence Lee
Read by Mauro Hantman

Blackstone Publishing

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Format : Library CD (In Stock)
  • ISBN: 9781620640579

  • ISBN: 9780792789017

  • ISBN: 9780792789291

Runtime: 11.21 Hours
Category: Nonfiction/Biography
Audience: Adult
Language: English

Summary

Summary

The classic and 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 him. Some are famous (Allen Ginsberg, Gore Vidal, William Burroughs); some are not (Jack's boyhood buddies, his lovers, his barroom companions). All 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.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“Jack’s Book is first-rate…if offers the flavor and depth of good fiction while keeping well within the realms of literal truth.” Saturday Review
“Lively…and often compelling.” Chicago Tribune
“If you’re interested in what the talk of the Fifties sounded like, and if you believe that literature may just have something to do with life, then read this book.” National Review
“A fascinating literary and historical document, the most insightful look at the beat generation.” Dan Wakefield, American novelist

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Author

Author Bio: Barry Gifford

Author Bio: Barry Gifford

Barry Gifford is a celebrated writer whose novels have been translated into twenty-five languages. He has received awards from PEN, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Writers Guild of America, and his novel Wild at Heart was turned into a film by David Lynch.

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Author Bio: Lawrence Lee

Author Bio: Lawrence Lee

Lawrence Lee, a Peabody Award–winning journalist, worked for UPI, AP, and a number of television stations in San Francisco. He coauthored, with Barry Gifford, Saroyan: A Biography. Mr. Lee died in 1990.

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Details

Details

Available Formats : CD, Library CD, MP3 CD
Category: Nonfiction/Biography
Runtime: 11.21
Audience: Adult
Language: English