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Desolation Angels: Modern Classic (Paladin Books) Paperback – 15 Oct 2001

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Product details

  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Flamingo; New Ed edition (15 Oct. 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0586089071
  • ISBN-13: 978-0586089071
  • Product Dimensions: 13.3 x 2.4 x 19.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars 34 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 635,313 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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‘One of the most true, comic and grizzly journeys in American literature.’ Time

‘The Beats drug, hop freight trains, live on the road and contemplate Buddha. A nerve-jangling, sometimes sentimental, always sincere and funny book.’ Sunday Times

‘A beatific glow turns Ginsberg into a great poet, not a hairy rhymester selling his Vaseline jars as fake holy relics. Burroughs becomes an all-American folk hero, swinging and swaggering down the Calle Larache, rebuking his companions for walking too slow. All in a prose-poetry out of Whitman and Wolfe and Dylan Thomas.’ Observer

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Kerouac’s candid and definitive insider’s record of the key figures and events surrounding the Beat Generation, 'Desolation Angels' had gained a reputation as an underground classic long before publication in 1964. Told through the character of Kerouac’s fictional alter ego, Jack Duluoz, the novel follows the story of his last legendary road trip, accompanied by his thinly-disguised Beat counterparts, Allen Ginsberg, Gregory Corso and William Burroughs. From California to Mexico and on to opium-ridden Tangiers, Kerouac chronicles the frenetic parties, the drink and the drugs, the poetry and the mountain vigils with unsurpassable energy.

“One of the most true, comic and grizzly journeys in American literature.”
TIME

“The Beats drug, hop freight trains, live on the road and contemplate Buddha. A nerve-jangling, sometimes sentimental, always sincere and funny book.”
SUNDAY TIMES

“A beatific glow turns Ginsberg into a great poet, not a hairy rhymester selling his Vaseline jars as fake holly relics. Burroughs becomes an all-American folk hero, swinging and swaggering down the Calle Larache, rebuking his companions for walking too slow. All in a prose-poetry out of Whitman and Wolfe and Dylan Thomas.”
OBSERVER

“A rip-roaring, racing torrent of words.”
IRISH TIMES

Many of Kerouac’s works are available in Flamingo, including 'Big Sur, Doctor Sax' and 'Lonesome Traveler'.

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