Review: Desolations Angels by Jack Kerouac

Triumph of the Now

image

I found myself, as I neared the end of this, oddly, unexpectedly, moved. This novel charts Kerouac’s last year or so before becoming the hugely renowned and recognisable writer he was for the last decade or so of his life. He is 34, about to “hit the big time”, and conscious of his friends becoming successful too.

It’s a very egocentric text. Obviously, as thinly veiled autobiography, it is about the self, is intrinsically self-interested. The opening hundred pages or so are Kerouac alone, as a fire warden, at the top of a mountain, Desolation Peak. He is seeking a spiritual awakening, a vision created through solitude, an epiphany rooted solely in the self. His revelation instead, really, turns out to be an acknowledgement of his wish for, his love of, life. So, his tenure up, he leaves the mountain and proceeds to travel south down the West Coast of…

View original post 174 more words

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s