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The First Third [Paperback]

Neal Cassady
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1 Sep 1986
Immortalized as Dean Moriarty by Jack Kerouac in his epic novel, On the Road, Neal Cassady was infamous for his unstoppable energy and his overwhelming charm, his savvy hustle and his devil-may-care attitude. A treasured friend and traveling companion of Kerouac, Allen Ginsberg, William Burroughs, and Ken Kesey, to name just some of his cohorts on the beatnik path, Cassady lived life to the fullest, ready for inspiration at any turn. Before he died in Mexico in 1968, just four days shy of his forty-second birthday, Cassady had written the jacket blurb for this book: "Seldom has there been a story of a man so balled up. No doubt many readers will not believe the veracity of the author, but I assure these doubting Thomases that every incident, as such, is true." As Ferlingetti writes in his editor's note, Cassady was "an early prototype of the urban cowboy who a hundred years ago might have been an outlaw on the range." Here are his autobiographical writings, the rambling American saga of a truly free individual.

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  • Paperback: 222 pages
  • Publisher: City Lights Books; Rev Exp edition (1 Sep 1986)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0872860051
  • ISBN-13: 978-0872860056
  • Product Dimensions: 1.7 x 14 x 20.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 161,850 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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4.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining and fun. 21 July 1999
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This is the true life story of the main inspiration behind the beat movement and the early Acid movement. This autobiography examines the first 13 years or so of Cassady's life. The only problem with it is that it is too short. However, it redeems itself with the addition of letters and exerpts in the back. These are more entertaining than the book in some ways. Check out the letter to Ken Kesey. When you are done with this book check out the movie, "The Last Time I Committed Suicide." It is based on one of the exerpts from the book. Overall, this is a fun book that gives insight into Cassady's early life.
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5.0 out of 5 stars just as you would imagine neal 24 Jan 1998
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this book is not an easy one to find, but my search was well worth it. These are some of the finest stories i have read in quite a while. They come across as if Neal was right there telling them to you. Best view of what is would have been like to have been Neal.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Wish it were longer! 16 Oct 2010
Real shame Cassady wasn't able to finish this - all the same, the book is well worth reading as it genuinly conveys a real impression of the man behind the 'Dean Moriarty' myth.
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