The Sea Is My Brother by Jack Kerouac
The Lost Novel

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At times, while reading "The Sea Is My Brother," you can forget Kerouac's sorry trajectory.
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Synopsis

In the spring of 1943, twenty-one-year old Jack Kerouac set out to write his first novel. Working diligently day and night to complete it by hand, he titled it The Sea Is My Brother. Nearly seventy years later, its long-awaited publication provides fascinating details and insight into the early life and development of an American literary icon. A clear precursor to such landmark works as On the Road, The Dharma Bums, and Visions of Cody, it is an important formative work that hints at the hallmarks of classic Kerouac: the search for spiritual meaning in a materialistic world, spontaneous travel as the true road to freedom, late nights in bars engaged in intense conversation, the desperate urge to escape from society, and the strange, terrible beauty of loneliness.
 

About Jack Kerouac

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Jack Kerouac(1922-1969), the central figure of the Beat Generation, was born in Lowell, Massachusetts, in 1922 and died in St. Petersburg, Florida, in 1969. Among his many novels are On the Road, The Dharma Bums, Big Sur, and Visions of Cody.
 
Published March 26, 2013 by Da Capo Press. 434 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Literature & Fiction, History. Fiction
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WSJ online

Above average
Reviewed by Sam Sacks on Mar 19 2012

At times, while reading "The Sea Is My Brother," you can forget Kerouac's sorry trajectory.

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Globe and Mail

Below average
Reviewed by RAY ROBERTSON on Mar 23 2012

The prose of The Sea Is My Brother isn’t merely unrecognizable to those familiar with Kerouac’s established authorial voice, it’s almost unceasingly puerile.

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Good
Reviewed by Philip Marchand on Mar 23 2012

The result is a foreshadowing of Kerouac at his best, a kind of sweet, unassuming persona that made his writing very engaging.

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