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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It is good to get a more grounded and critical assessment of the beat movement from such a close insider who. How would you answer that question?

iohn Kerouac, in the end, was one of its victims. Go by John Clellon Holmes. A really good piece from this era. And for Kerouac, we get to see him about an hour after he’s informed of his first book contract – it’s like witnessing history, and ironically and truly Holmes’ character learns the fate of his clellln book in the very same hour. Very glad I read this, and it will highly likely make my top ten for It took me a short while to figure out who was who, I really enjoyed this novel, for me it was fascinating to have such a different outlook into the beats.

Apr 17, Jeff Doty rated it liked it. Each successive party among the many depicted in the novel seems to become increasingly wild, with an angry edge to it. But that cinematic ending forgives all – and leaves the reader wondering where Home truly is.

Go by John Clellon Holmes

Sep 25, R. They attempted to catch fire in a bottle but when the bottle was opened Paul is growing away from them and wants to be more of an “adult. He was often referred to as the “quiet Beat,” and was one of Kerouac’s closest friends. It was a kind of presupposition.

Continued from Part 4. I don’t know if it was a reflection of the author, or society, that made it ok to talk about all the drinking, drug taking and sex but yet homosexuality was still so taboo.


Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. Hobbes finally realizes how dysfunctional this group really is, and at the novel’s close, it appears that he and Kathryn will finally begin to avoid the questing yet confused and dangerous company of this group.

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The same cast of characters are on board: Among them is David Stofsky, a poet who emerges as the kindest, most thoughtful person among a group that gradually reveals itself to be largely self-centered and unfocused. There are some memorable scenes however. It often meanders too long or falls in love with the sound of its own voice. 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 hopefulness that seemed to hover over these young people early in the novel disintegrates even as their interactions become more and more chaotic.

And that’s clellpn all! Holmes is especially good when he is describing bars, after-hours joints, and marijuana parties. But then I remember that I too was like that, even when longing to be like that and thinking it must be different somehow, and somehow more exciting.

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Go is generally regarded as the first novel of the Beat Generation, written between andand first published innearly sixty years ago. I could not imagine them as part of the same world as the suits and hats and nylon stockings. Truth be told the beautiful melancholy and poetic blues of existence bleed out of the streets of this book.

Holmes came to the conclusion that the values and ambitions of the Beat Generation were symbolic of something bigger, which was the inspiration for Go. Diarios Indios Allen Ginsberg. You are almost content to bear the sickening headache and the torment in your stomach rather than go through that moment.


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I enjoyed it, and it’s a must-read for any beat aficionado. Set in New York, it concerns the lives of a collection of characters largely based on the friends Holmes used to hang around with in the s and s in Manhattan. Holmes brings a raw bohemian desperation to both the locations and characters that makes you feel a surrounding of faded wallpaper and cigarette smoke.

In I used to go for lunch at the Grosvenor Hotel in Soldiers Way across the road from Durban station and sip my solitary beer and eat my 15c curry for lunch, and hear them talking about Smiler Small, who used to frequent the bar in Malvern, and I used to look at all the World War II memorabilia decorating the bar. As such it has a mostly straightforward style to the narrative, but covers a lot of familiar ground that fans of this genre will be familiar with. None of them seemed satisfactory.

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If Kerouac is the technical chronicler of the beat generation, Holmes is the imaginitive realist; at once inside and outside of the group with holmew level of insight not held by others and delivering a genuine human interst story. The emotions and confusion and chaos seem real in these characters, and ultimately, in the absence of meaning, they are haunted by death.

A Novel by John Clellon Holmes.

It balances the ecstatic visions of Kerouac and Ginsberg with the observations of a clinical middle-class eye. Highly approachable yet beautifully written if a bit awkward at timesGo seems like it should have been a confessional written by a friend of Kerouac, Ginsberg, etc.