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5.0 out of 5 stars Correspondence of Legends, 29 July 2010
This review is from: Jack Kerouac and Allen Ginsberg: The Letters (Hardcover)
Brilliant. Exhilarating: Sends those tingles through your soul that tells your poor brain 'y're onto something special here...'

Genuinely interesting; (this is the first letters collection I have read by either author) you go through the development of the Beat literary movement with two of the legends directly responsible for its genesis. From stuttering beginnings to raging pinnicles of accomplishment and down again, it's a ride taken with a wire straight to the minds of the authors who are in the process of creating new writing - World Changing Work - based on the feelings of their gut spirit in reaction to the confused and chaotic existence surrounding them.

The simple truth: The book starts slow, develops pace, and then ends right when you want it to carry on. I would have liked more from the years of Kerouac's post-fame disillusionment however (this is available in other collections), it provides a nice overview of their lives leading up to breakthrough and established success. They were truly great friends and it shows. The real strength of the book is the dual presentation of their letters; often chatting casually, back & forth like a spoken conversation, you will rea-lly dig this.
My life is richer as a result.
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