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American Smoke: Journeys to the End of the Light [Kindle Edition]

Iain Sinclair
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In American Smoke, Iain Sinclair hits the road to America in the tracks of the Beats.



On the trail of the American Beats, Iain Sinclair makes a delirious and perhaps ill-fated expedition in the footsteps of Malcolm Lowry, Jack Kerouac, William Burroughs, Charles Olson and Gary Snyder. It is a journey in search of literary ghosts behind mirages of volcanoes and the Old West. In which rumours vie with false memories and unreliable reports to steer our guide from one strange adventure into another. It is an odyssey in which the beginning offers no clues as to where it may end.



'A transatlantic odyssey . . . grippingly haunted' Observer



'A challenging, maddening, fascinating journey . . . enjoy Sinclair's poetic language and subtly warped sense of humour. Rich and engrossing' Metro



'Sit back and feel the invigorating pulse of beautifully crafted prose . . . wonderful' Daily Telegraph



'Iain Sinclair has gone from cult author to national treasure' Robert Macfarlane



Iain Sinclair is the author of Downriver (winner of the James Tait Black Memorial Prize and the Encore Award); Landor's Tower; White Chappell, Scarlet Tracings; Lights Out for the Territory; Lud Heat; Rodinsky's Room (with Rachel Lichtenstein); Radon Daughters; London Orbital, Dining on Stones, Hackney, that Rose-Red Empire and Ghost Milk.


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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1282 KB
  • Print Length: 302 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0865478678
  • Publisher: Penguin (7 Nov 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00FEXUJQI
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #93,408 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars smoking !! 22 Dec 2013
By K. Todd
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
The book was every bit as good as I expected it to be. It isn't definitive but anyone wanting to understand the Beats, or be introduced to them, could do worse than to begin here ..
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4.0 out of 5 stars Unique style is not everyone's cup of tea. 10 July 2014
Format:Hardcover
Hard going in places but like all the other books of his I have read, well worth the effort.
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Iain Sinclair likes to make connections. In this book he uses writers as a springboard for his own poetic thoughts. He does it in a meandering entertaining way. No earth-shattering revelations about the beats but lots of interesting references to follow up.
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