This is Kerouac's incredibly drunken account of his time in Paris as middle-age consumed him. It's a witty, amusing, and thoroughly irrelevant story, but it showcases his alcoholism in full flow. Satori (kick in the eye) In Paris has very little to do with Zen Buddhism (the cover picture is thoroughly inappropriate) and is all about his inebriated trivails around Paris attempting to piece together some family history. He engages with locals rather unsuccessfully, marvels at the Parisian lifestyle, and provides a very entertaining piece of writing.
This isn't for anyone new to the writer; purchase On The Road or Dharma Bums before coming to this. Big Sur is also a vital read to show his terrible suffering at the hands of his drinking problem. Once you're done there then Satori is a funny little aside in the life of a great, and ever endearing, writer.
It's as simple as that! He can do no wrong in my eyes and so I think that perhaps I am somewhat biased in my views of his great pieces of genius and mind - okay, so you see? It depends on what genre you are in to. It is all about your style of writing. Are you okay with stream of consciousness, rambles about nothing and something and everything, are you okay with reading about someone else loves where there isn't really a beginning, middle and end, but you do on the other hand get to meet the most interesting, charming, intelligent people along the way! The thing is, people that you think you could actually be friends with. If you are shaking your head, and you want an AS Byatt (who don't get me wrong, I do adore) then perhaps Kerouac, any Kerouac, is not for you - but if you are like me and just want to be a part of his journesy, no matter where - then oh man, what a man!
I'd forgotten about this little book for a long time so was delighted to be reminded and to be able to buy it so easily and effortlessly and for a very good price. The service from the seller was excellent.
Years after dipping into "On the Road" and not being that impressed, I decided to give Kerouac another go. After reading "Satori in Paris", I experienced my own Satori. Kerouac's free flowing prose and his adventures in Paris and Brittany are engaging and easy to get into. He's attempting to trace his French roots and in doing so, meets various colourful characters, via a beverage or two.
Satori means enlightenment or awakening and Kerouac discovers this feeling on his French mini-odyssey. A good introduction to the man and his work.
This is the story of Jack Kerouac going to France (Paris and Brittany) to trace his roots. It is written in a languid style and you can almost hear the author narrating it. It is an easy read and was my first Jack Kerouac novel and it is very enjoyable. A good read on the train or in bed, in fact anywhere.