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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Thunder’s Mouth Pr Availability: New Amer Library Availability: This search took the form of experimentation with drugs and sex, a fascination with the structural freedom of “modern” jazz, and a constant movement from one place to another, as if the answers these young people sought could be en route to somewhere.

It often meanders too long or falls in love with ohlmes sound of its own voice. The years immediately following World War II saw America emerge as a prosperous world power, but the Beats, whose name was derived from clellonn or “beatific,” felt that something was missing. Apr 30, Andy rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: The novel is about this group of friends who have mostly lost hope, yet are trying in all sorts of ways to cope, or find some meaning, whether intellectually, spiritually, artistically, or by drowning their feelings and just getting kicks in their booze, drugs and crime.

It involves the same group of bohemians Kerouac hung with in their early stages. A lost generation indeed. Of all of Holmes’s characterizations, the one that stays with me the most is David Sklofsky as Ginsberg with his innocence, mysticism, and unending curiosity. Lists with This Book.


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That starts with avoiding amphetamines and the entire beat generation. A Novel Author s: Amazingly, Cassady comes off nearly the same person as Ker Excellent! He died of cancer in18 days after his 62nd birthday.

For us in the sixties, that was the starting point. A pretty great window into the inner workings of the Beats right before they started to publish and become famous.

Book review: Go, by John Clellon Holmes

Da Capo Press Availability: Why did “Hobbes” yearn to know every aspect of the Times Square world? Highly recommended for all Beat afficionados. I felt moved at the end. As a result this book might not vo the chaos and hysteria of the scene, but Holmes has produced a requisite chronicle of Beat life.

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Ho,mes reading Go is very strange. Later there’s a shock of unexpected tragedy, then more totally unexpected comedy in the shadow of death, and next, tears were flowing, all within a few pages. A Novel Study Guide. And the Durban station is no longer there, and Soldiers Way is probably called something else, and if the Grosvenor Hotel is still there it too is probably called something else now.

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But they are the generation I associate with alien things like Frank Sinatra, and males in suits and hats, and women wearing lipstick and clelpon stockings, and people trying to get back on their feet after the war. Big Sur Jack Kerouac. Even this book is overrated, but it can be mildly entertaining in an endearingly pretentious way.


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Post was not sent – check your email addresses! Chapters 12 and Drafted 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.

If you’re turning into an aging hipster, please do read “Go” If you want to read a better version of ” On the Johj ,” pick “Go” up at your local book shop. You are commenting using your Facebook account. Holmes, unlike Kerouac or Cassady, feels empathy for the spots they keep putting them in though they keep doing it, of course.

May 05, Tim Boroughs rated it really liked it. It tells what happened, a bit about the why, but fails to capture the feel of that whole scene.

He gave so much insight into his characters and their inner battles. 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.

Chapters 5 and 6. Each successive party among homles many depicted in the novel seems to become increasingly wild, with an angry edge to it. Oh, he cares about those things, no matter what he says!

Jan 18, Bill Kerwin rated it really liked it Shelves: The same cast of characters are on board: