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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Kerouac was all about the kicks, and Holmes is all about the consequences. But does he get a job? The most tentative and conservative of the Beats, Holmes’s intelligent and sensitive voice also details the pressures and regrets that his lifestyle gave birth to. Amazingly, Cassady comes off nearly the same person as Ker Excellent! Is art essentially reflective or ecstatic?

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I enjoyed it, and it’s a must-read for any beat aficionado. How would you answer that question?

It’s also divided into chapters narrated by Holmes’ character Hobbes and the Allen Ginsberg stand-in David Stofsky, making the whole seem disjointed at times. Why did “Hobbes” yearn to know every aspect of the Times Square world?

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They are the people who came home from the war, whom I used to meet in bars around Durban, those boozy old men. Go concerns protagonist Paul Hobbes’ struggle to maintain his marriage to his wife, Kathryn, while simultaneously indulging in the world of the s and s Beat Generation. Jan 18, Bill Kerwin rated it really liked it Shelves: 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?


He died of cancer in18 days after his 62nd birthday. I wasn’t sure what to expect, being about the Beats but not by Kerouac, but it was phenomenally good.

Go by John Clellon Holmes

I first read it when I was 20, fifty years ago, and rereading it after all that time is a rather strange experience. Jjohn perpetual imbalance and lack of security of After trawling through many a Kerouac novel as a youth I finally found “Go”. It’s also contains none of the passion and verve of Kerouac and other beat works, but this was Holmes’ admitted role with the beats, a somewhat detached observer on the fringe, rather than an ardent principal of the bea I enjoyed it, and it’s a must-read for any beat aficionado.

But it only sounded more exciting than the lives we lived ckellon the s. View a FREE sample.

Go: A Novel Summary & Study Guide

You were more interesting as living people than the characters in your fever-dream books. Although the events in this book actually take place after Kerouac’s first novel, the publishing of the book is chronicled here, so it feels like a good place in that chronology to read it.

With portraits of Jack Kerouac, Allen Ginsberg, Neil Cassady, William Burroughs, this first novel about the Beat Generation gives us a peek into what it meant to be a Beat before the term had ever been used.

Hobbes is married to Kathryn, who works at a job she dislikes, and is uncertain hlmes Pasternak and the other new friends her husband is making. Concerning other worlds, there are writers like Tolkien, who set his main stories entirely in another world of […].

Though not as lyrical or experimental as many of the other beat writers I’ve read, ohlmes book finds its clelloh impressive voice in its commentary on the times. The room seemed full of dusky subsidings, a shambles of butts, strewn glasses and books, the sad mementos of a carouse that had swept on elsewhere.


The hopefulness that seemed to hover hholmes these young people early in the novel disintegrates even as their interactions become more and more chaotic. That said, the chapters float by like wild nights on the gritty side of town, broken up only by the bitter mornings-after that Kerouac so assiduously avoided in his more popular books.

Jul 27, Greg rated it really liked it Shelves: A Novel Study Guide. It is set in the late s, and that was another generation, a generation that I don’t connect with.

Open Preview See a Problem? Much of the narrative clel,on around the first “visions” of a character based on Allen Ginsberg named Stofsky, and his effect on the social lives of all the others. The perpetual imbalance and lack of security of walking on the wild side. Hobbes, Holmes alter ego, can be a dull character; interspersed with the action is too much of philosoph A more conventional novel than On the Road. They certainly acted like one.

A lost generation indeed. Nevertheless, Hobbes and Pasternak finish their novels, and Pasternak’s is accepted by a publisher. These impacts are particularly apparent and poignant in the case of many of the female characters in Go, who are among the most endearing and fascinating characters in this story.

Product details Format Paperback pages Dimensions x x 30mm View all 4 holmez. 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. Leave a Reply Cancel reply Enter your comment here Thunder’s Mouth Press Availability: This site uses Akismet to reduce spam.

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