Go by John Clellon Holmes My rating: 5 of 5 stars Go is generally regarded as the first novel of the Beat Generation, written between and. Go, by John Clellon Holmes, is the first novel published by a member of the so- called Beat Generation of the s in the United States. The years immediately . Before the world knew Kerouac, Ginsberg, and Cassady, this “brilliant and important” novel chronicled the author’s early years among the Beats (Los Angeles.

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Chapters 10 and Parts were brilliant, many not so much. Dec 28, Jonathan rated it really liked it. In lucid fictional prose designed to capture the events, emptions and clelloj of his experience, Holmes describes an individualistic post-World II New York where crime is celebrated, writing is revered, and parties, booze, discussions, drugs and sex punctuate life.

Concerning other worlds, there are writers like Tolkien, who set his main stories entirely in another world of […]. Admittedly, there is a great deal of awkwardness here, particularly when getting into analyzing what is going on or trying to talk about high ideas.

That said, the writing varies quite a bit: Doctor Sax Jack Kerouac. I had to work to get through it because so many things seem incredibly tame in light of the drug revolution of the 60s and today’s drug crisis. I think that was part of the appeal to me was that it reminded me so much of my life in my 20s and it was lovely to read about the lives of people 50 years earlier and having them do the same crazy things, and go to exactly the same parties and have some similar dramas.

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: In “Go” Clellon Holmes approached classic literature as opposed to the forging, freshness and gimmicks of bebop prose.

I wasn’t sure what to expect, being about the Beats but not by Kerouac, but it was phenomenally good. Nov 28, Stephen Hayes rated it it was amazing Shelves: It was full of psychology and social commentary, without being blatant about it, just in the way the characters were trying to cope with life and get by the best they could. Post was not sent – check your email addresses!


Fascinating, loved this book. Nadie Gana William S Burroughs. Apr 30, Andy rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: Highly recommended for all Beat afficionados.

Spontaneous young men and women, too, I’m sure are attracted to the spontaneous, the improvised, the random, thus the wondrous. Which is fine, it’s a social scene that is being documented here, not a tale. If you think that the whole notion of the Beat Generation sprang from the head of Jack Kerouac when he wrote On the Roadyou’re wrong.

This search took the form of experimentation with drugs and sex, a fascination with the structural freedom of “modern” jazz, and a constant movement from one place to another, as if the answers these young people sought could be en route to somewhere. It was only 20 years beforeyet is now forty years ago. Fifty years ago somehow seems quite close to the present, yet ten years earlier, when Holmes wrote, seems another world, another eon, another universe.

As an historical artifact, we get a good view of the Beats and what life was like for their circle in New York in the Forties, like searching the sketchy bars of Times Square for a possible weed connection. Besides being an interesting read, getting a look at some influential writers at their peak and in their element is worth the read.

Jul 29, Josh rated it really liked it. But rereading it fifty years later, I see it in a very different perspective.

Go : La Primera Novela de La Generacion Beat

The book was such an amazingly intense ride, even when it was at it’s most aimless wandering around in search of tea the characters seemed so vivid. They were young people looking for Home – and this Roman a Clef se chock full of beautiful language about love, drugs, sex, drugs, ennui that exists on the cusp of the Beat Generation’s explosive, literary reaction. Why did “Hobbes” yearn to know every aspect of the Times Square world?


An underworld of drug-fueled parties, bars, clubs and free love is explored through the eyes of character Paul Hobbes, Holmes’ representation of himself in the novel.

The times Holmes wrote about, I realise gi, were different, not just because it was another generation, but another world and worldview.

Go by John Clellon Holmes

When interviewed years later why he was so fascinated with this circle of friends, he replied: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase. He gave so much insight into his characters and their inner battles. It would even be a good novel to start off on when thinking about exploring the Beat writers, as it certainly has a cool 50s feeling, as well as showing the kind of lives that some disaffected, jojn young Americans lived post-WW2.

Thunder’s Mouth Pr Availability: There are others, too, but these are the best known. Stofsky becomes inadvertently involved in crimes by friends jjohn has been trying to help. Holmes has said that the only plot element entirely invented by himself is Kathryn’s infidelity. Try the Kindle edition and experience these great reading features: In the sixties Holmes’s world of New York seemed like some magic golden age, and looking back from now to the sixties, that seems like the real golden age.

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He is also well-known for writing what is considered to be the definitive jazz novel of the Beat Generation, “The Horn. I almost put this book down several times because the writing was too inconsistent for me, but the access hilmes the history of the great Beats and the story kept me going.

Most people believe that On the Road is the first fictional portrayal of the Beat Generation. I thought about it for a while, and looked at the other answers that had been given.