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  • Published: 14 September 2000
  • ISBN: 9780141184906
  • Imprint: Peng. Mod. Classics
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 160
  • RRP: $19.99

The Lonesome Traveller


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A timeless travelogue from the leading light of the Beat Generation, Jack Kerouac's Lonesome Traveller is a jubilant celebration of human discovery, published in Penguin Modern Classics.
As he roams the US, Mexico, Morocco, Paris and London, Kerouac records, in prose of pure poetry, life on the road. Standing on the engine of a train as it rushes past fields of prickly cactus; witnessing his first bullfight in Mexico while high on opium; catching up with the beat nightlife in New York; burying himself in the snow-capped mountains of north-west America; meditating on a sunlit roof in Tangiers; or falling in love with Montmartre and the huge white basilica of Sacré-Coeur - Kerouac reveals both the endless diversity of human life and his own high-spirited philosophy of self-fulfilment.
'Piquant writing, the best part of its flavour being ... the hunt for the big experience, a touch of Hemingway and Whitman'
Guardian
'Full of startling and beautiful things ... one sees, hears and feels'
Sunday Times

  • Pub date: 14 September 2000
  • ISBN: 9780141184906
  • Imprint: Peng. Mod. Classics
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 160
  • RRP: $19.99

About the Author

Jack Kerouac

Jack Kerouac was born in Lowell, Massachusetts in 1922. In 1947, enthused by bebop, the rebel attitude of his friend Neal Cassidy, and the throng of hobos, drug addicts and hustlers he encountered in New York, he decided to discover America and hitchhhike across the country. His writing was openly autobiographical and he developed a style he referred to as 'spontaneous prose' which he used to record the experiences of the Beat Generation. Among his many novels are On the Road, Maggie Cassidy, The Subterraneans, The Dharma Bums and Big Sur. He died in 1969.

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