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Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Want to Read saving…. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Refresh and try again. Sotterramei Preview See a Problem? Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Preview — The Subterraneans by Jack Kerouac. Jack Sotterrane, one of the great voices of the Beat generation and author of the classic On the Roadsotteranei continues his peregrinations in postwar, underground San Kkerouac. Simmering in the center of it all is the brief affair between Jack Kerouac, one of the great voices of the Beat generation and author of the classic On the Roadhere continues his peregrinations in postwar, underground San Francisco.
Simmering in the center of it all is the brief affair between Leo Percepied, a writer, and Mardou Fox, a black woman ten years younger. Just at the moment when she is coolly leaving him, Leo realizes his passion for passion, his inability to function without it, kerohac the puzzling futility of seeking redemption and fulfillment through writing.
Paperbackpages. Published by Grove Weidenfeld first published San Francisco, California United States. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about The Subterraneansplease sign up. Lists with This Book. Jul 14, Sam Jasper rated it really liked it.
Sottegranei am an admitted Kerouac fan and I zotterranei most people who read Kerouac begin and end with Kerpuac the Road, which was of course groundbreaking in its day. I loved On the Road and have read it repeatedly on and off over decades.
Subterraneans, however, sat on my shelf in the I’ll-get-to-it pile. This book more a novella than an novel chronicles his affair with Mardou Fox Alene Lee was her real namea sohterranei black woman. While some have called it racist, and others misogynistic the Beats weren’t the I am an admitted Kerouac fan and I think most people who read Kerouac begin and end with On the Road, which was of course groundbreaking in its day.
While some have called it racist, and others misogynistic sotteeranei Beats weren’t the most enlightened guys when it came to womenI think it has to be taken as a product of its time. Consider that an interracial relationship would have been pretty radical in the 50’s, and both Kerouac’s alter ego, Leo and Mardou both realize this. What struck me was the utter nakedness of Kerouac in this completely stream of consciousness book.
He shows himself to be sexually confused and conscious of that. He knows he’s broken in many ways, discussing his mental state and his very strong and probably damaging relationship with his mother.
He talks about wanting to live k life of freedom and kicks while simultaneously wanting to settle ksrouac, and he knows that he won’t be successful at either.
This is a completely introspective book and he spared himself nothing. While some will find the wild prose off putting, I loved it. Reading this book is more like being carried away in a river current than actually reading. In the end, it broke my heart and made me sad for Kerouac and his confusion, his belief in his own failure on every level, and his seeming acceptance of that.
View all 6 comments. Jun 25, Andy rated it it was ok Recommends it for: Kerouac’s kind of a dick in this one, whining and chasing after this black girl Mardou all through the book. Once she caves in to his non-existent charms sotteranei dumps her like he’s Tommy Lee or something. When he’s not crying for her to take him back he’s busy kerpuac her blackness like she’s a pickaninny doll and then drunkenly makes in-crowd jokes to his pals about Buddha and Boddhisatva.
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A profoundly sad novel. I fall in and out of love with Kerouac’s prose, but his story rips your heart out. It was recommended to me by a colleague who told me that this book is about “people who make decisions by not making any choices. San Francisco, ciudad de maricas, poetas y vagabundos. Aug 09, Ryan Milbrath added it.
At a superficial level, it is merely a novella about how a relationship can crumble in the face societal pressures. However, like relationships, one should never take a person, or written work, at merely face value. This novella takes the opportunity to explore the relationship between an African American woman Mardou Fox and a Caucasian male Leo Percepied. I believe Keroauc never considered the relationship taboo, because of his bohemian ethics and his rebellion against dominating culture of the s.
The prose of the novella indicates a challenge to the conventional structure and organization of a novel. Yet, I feel Kerouac is more poetic in his construction of sentences than Joyce. Kerouac wrote a lot. He carried a journal around with him and wrote about random experiences during the day.
In fact, this novella, feels like a long unbroken experience.
While I was reading it, it felt like I embarrassed, as if I stumbled upon some personal journal entry by a person I barely knew. In the end, like all counter-culture movements, it seems like a dead end that evolves over time to encompass new young adults and adolescents.
To me, Kerouac transcended the Beats because he never seemed pretentious about a culture he helped create. View all 3 comments. Aug 29, Nicole rated it really liked it Shelves: As always, the enthusiasm and momentum in his writing is infectious. Once I remember that, and let go of what I think I know about grammar and punctuation, this evens out into a smooth read. Plot in a nutshell: Leo pines for Mardou early on in the book, mentioning his great pain frequently and desire to die occasionally.
They get together in a lopsided, fumbly sort of way she takes a while to warm up to himmake grand statements and promises in the rush of a new relationship, and then fail each other in small ways until the magic fades. There is no final reunion scene, or red-roses apologetic gesture, just the sadness of something ending that could maybe have been better than it was.
In many ways, I like this better than I would a fluffy happy ending. Jan 25, ilknur a. Urban legend has it that On the Road is the primary example of Kerouac’s “spontaneous prose,” but the description works much better for The Subterraneans, for better and for worse.
He actually reworked On the Road heavily before it was published, but wrote TS over a three day period. It took me slightly longer to read it. Let’s start with the “for worse” part. Man, Kerouac could be a sexist pig. The cavalier treatment of women in TS will drive many readers bat-shit. It’s an honest and accurate p Urban legend has it that On the Road is the primary example of Kerouac’s “spontaneous prose,” but the description works much better for The Subterraneans, for better and for worse.
It’s an honest and accurate picture of the protagonist’s and I think it’s fair to say, Kerouac’s consciousness, and you can learn a lot about masculine consciousness of a certain time and placebut still See Joyce Johnson’s brilliant Minor Characters for an incisive take on women and the beats; she did some time as Kerouac’s girlfriend. Similarly, the racial stereotyping creeps into the novel through a variety of windows and side-doors, often in the guise of celebration.
Not nearly as bad as Mailer’s White Negro, but a less obnoxious cousin. For all Kerouac presents his protagonist as a guru of bop prosody, I never get the feeling that he understands much about the discipline demanded by bop, looking at it as pure improvisation.
Now for the “for better” elements. The prose is frequently quite energetic and at times brilliant.
You can see how Kerouac influenced songwriters like Dylan and Tom Waits, both of whom boil down the energy into more focused forms. Kerouac paints sharp and often satirical portraits of the people hanging around the literary world of beat San Francisco. Kerouac isn’t exactly celebrating the sotterfanei of his main figure, but he also doesn’t really have much of an idea of an alternative to the self-indulgence.
Definitely worth it for Beat fans. Dec 15, Jim rated it really liked it Shelves: There they are — the Subterraneans — drunk as skunks while they burble on about literature and their love lives. Jack Kerouac Leo Percepied in the book wants nothing more than spend all his hours with these pseudo-intellectual lowlifes, but at the same time attempt to maintain a relationship with Mardou Fox, a young black woman.
The Subterraneans is the story of this relationship and kfrouac it winds to a close with Jack deciding in the end he wanted life on his own boozy terms. The pity of it i There they are — the Subterraneans — drunk as skunks while they burble on about literature and their love lives. The pity of it is that Jack really appears to have loved Mardou, and Mardou was worth the trouble.
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Jack writes about himself as a not terribly lovable character, as essentially unworthy. So he gives up and returns to the “boys. Jul 23, Stefania T.
Chi allora fu un figlio ribelle, oggi diventa il padre, il capostipite, di nuove generazioni che a lui si sono ispirate. Uno scrittore d’antologia, da impagliare e custodire nella teca del suo tempo storico, o una voce viva che ha ancora da dire?
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Dietro pseudonimi possono riconoscersi anche alcuni dei protagonisti di quella stagione culturale, come Allen Ginsberg, Gregory Corso ed altri. Mardou va a letto con un giovane poeta e chiede a Leo di lasciarle la sua indipendenza. Ritengo qui utile invece sottolineare alcuni degli aspetti contenutistici del romanzo che mi hanno colpito e che possono contribuire a connotarlo meglio.