Go: A Novel [John Clellon Holmes] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. Generally acknowledged to be the first Beat novel, go was originally. Go by John Clellon Holmes – book cover, description, publication history. Go, by John Clellon Holmes, is the first novel published by a member of the so- called Beat Generation of the s in the United States. The years immediately .

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This is a chronicle of beat life, not a celebration of it. Clelkon two months before Jack Kerouac began On The Road, Go is the first and most accurate chronicle of the private lives lived by the Beats before they became public figures.

More summaries and resources for teaching or studying Go: This got better and better and the finish is amazing.

By c,ellon this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. This section contains words approx. I was also relishing the freedom to study whatever interested me without the pressure of having to prepare for […]. Why does the description of this book spend so much of it’s tone being bitter about not being considered as important as other works from the Beats?

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Chapters 12 and Jack Kerouac was the same age as my father-in-law, who occasionally used to go drinking at the Malvern Hotel. Go John Clellon Holmes. Being from the Philly area can’t speak for other urban entitiesI could imagine these people living in West Philly in having the same set of aspirations and problems. Go A novel by John Clellon Holmes.


Book review: Go, by John Clellon Holmes

A Novel from Amazon. In fact the only thing I wasn’t expecting was the car chase, but then I suppose no book is perfect.

Partly because it concerns the lives of beat generation hlomes in New York in the late ‘s who, like many readersd hold a fascination for me, with their full frontal assault on straight society but also because its well written and accessible.

I’m simply regurgitating stereotypes, but they are spot on stereotypes, I guarantee. I thought cleolon it for a while, and looked at the other answers that had been given. Escritos Breves James Joyce.

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To find out more, including how to control cookies, see here: Product details Format Paperback pages Clelln x x 30mm He thinks of his friends, including one who had died, and wonders if anyone had actually loved them.

It reprints the entire last two paragraphs of the book. Only because they were ignorant of actual profundity, like a caveman drawing on a cave clelloh and thinking he discovered magic. He died of cancer in18 days after his 62nd birthday.

From Wikipedia, the clwllon encyclopedia. It is really well written, but maybe doesn’t have that wild, almost frenetic feel that the more well known writers from this group achieved later on. Apr 17, Jeff Doty rated it liked it.


It often meanders too long or falls in love with the sound of its own voice. Jun 26, Clive Bonelle rated it it was amazing. I could not imagine them as part of the same world as the suits and hats and nylon stockings. Follow Us on Facebook. Go is intelligent and observant without a trace of the heavy handed stylistic treatments of Kerouac with his “Bop Prosody” methods and optimism and wonder in at ‘s America.

Leave a Reply Cancel reply Enter your comment here Much of the narrative centers around the first “visions” of a character based on Allen Ginsberg named Stofsky, and his effect on the social lives of all the others.

Go by John Clellon Holmes

What he longed for became part of our vision. This tale of drugs, jazz, sex, and streets proves that the Beat Generation invented a lifestyle as well as a revolutionary literature and perspective.

The book serves as a good insight into the beginnings of the Beat movement and provides an interesting look at their interpersonal relationships but it does lack the almost lyrical style of other Beat memoirs.

There are others, too, but these are the best known.