Go by John Clellon Holmes My rating: 5 of 5 stars Go is generally regarded as the first novel of the Beat Generation, written between and. 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 . Before the world knew Kerouac, Ginsberg, and Cassady, this “brilliant and important” novel chronicled the author’s early years among the Beats (Los Angeles.

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I’m not sure how much I liked Holmes, I thought it was a bit telling that the only scene he made up was his wife sleeping with Kerouac, which seemed rather mean. Continued from Part 4.

Ginsberg in particular is portrayed with an intimacy that perfectly captures his eclectic personality. Larson rated it liked it. Try the Kindle edition and experience these great reading features: John Clellon Holmes, born in Holyoke Massachusetts, was an author, poet and professor, best known for his novel Go. Would you like to tell us about a lower price? Not as many boozy parties, and no one was writing a book, but perhaps our conversations were even more intelligent, even when we smoked pot, which was nohn.

The book serves as a good gp into the beginnings of the Beat movement and provides an interesting look at their interpersonal relationships but it does lack the almost lyrical style of other Beat memoirs. Read more Read less. The devastation of the war, followed by a period of calm and order in America, created a sense of formless anxiety among young artists and thinkers. Paul is growing away from them and wants to be more of an “adult.

There are no discussion topics on this book yet. In fact the only thing I wasn’t expecting was the car chase, but then I suppose no book is perfect. I don’t have to remember the past to avoid repeating it.

Go by John Clellon Holmes

Apr 17, Jeff Doty rated it liked it. Go by John Clellon Holmes. Go John Clellon Holmes. Though not as lyrical or experimental as many of the other beat writers I’ve read, this book finds its own impressive voice in its commentary on the times.


Esta historia de drogas, jazz, sexo y calles muestra que la generacion Beat invento tanto una forma de vida como una literatura y una perspectiva revolucionarias. Hobbes is married to Kathryn, who works at a job she dislikes, and is uncertain about Pasternak and the other new friends her husband is making.

Holmes brings a raw bohemian desperation to both the locations and characters that makes you feel a surrounding of faded wallpaper and cigarette smoke. Leave a Reply Cancel reply Enter your comment here On the Road Jack Kerouac. And so it all seemed rather wonderful, transported out of its time and place into some kind of beautiful timeless realm. Jun 12, David rated it really liked it Shelves: Looking for beautiful books?

Fifty years ago somehow seems quite close to the present, yet ten years earlier, when Holmes wrote, seems another world, another eon, another universe. Visit our Beautiful Books page and find lovely books for kids, photography lovers and more. No trivia or quizzes yet. His writing might not be on par with Jack Kerouac, but he makes up for it in general interest. Holmes was a friend of Kerouac and of many other prominent members of the Beat Generation.

Or does he become the moment, shouting “go, go, go”‘ like a hipster digging a “real gone”sax solo, until life itself comes to a stop? Take that, On the Road! This got better and better and the finish is amazing.

I think that was part of the appeal to me was that it reminded me so much of my life in my 20s and it was lovely to read about the lives of people 50 years ckellon and having them do the same crazy things, and go to exactly the same parties and have some similar dramas. But this is a sad book, too – about young men and women clellob to “Go and love without the help of any thing on earth.


Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. 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.

If you read and enjoy Kerouac and Ginsberg, this book tells the story from a different perspective with some very powerful writing. Highly recommended for all Beat afficionados. Go, Part 2, Children in the Markets, Chapters Thunder’s Mouth Pr Availability: Hobbes finds himself in a world of promiscuity, casual drug use and petty crime but retains a certain detachment from it, sometimes to the annoyance of his friends.

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Go revolves around a group of young friends and acquaintances living in Manhattan in the early s. A lost generation indeed.

I didn’t know how dated a novel about the beat generation would be, but I find that human relationships really haven’t evolved much, and this writer knows how to dig deep.

Feb 19, Eric Diesel rated it it was amazing. Retrieved from ” https: Only because they were ignorant of actual profundity, like a caveman drawing on a cave wall and thinking he discovered magic.

So reading Go is very strange. The times Clello wrote about, I realise now, were different, not just because it was another generation, but another world and worldview.

I felt both his psycho qualities and I also felt some pity for him. Despite being published in the 50s it was full of sex and drugs and jazz. With many of the same “characters” different names, but based off of the same real life people in John Clellon Holmes, Go as in On the Road by Jack Kerouac, clllon hard not to comapre the two.

And that was only fifteen years after it all happened in Holmes’s book.