Go: A Novel [John Clellon Holmes] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. Generally acknowledged to be the first Beat novel, go was originally. Go by John Clellon Holmes – book cover, description, publication history. 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 .

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Open Preview See a Problem? Jack Kerouac was the same age as my father-in-law, who occasionally used to go drinking at the Malvern Hotel.

Book review: Go, by John Clellon Holmes

But rereading it fifty years later, I see it in a very different perspective. Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: The men are mostly writers and poets, although the women in cleplon book generally do not work in the arts.

Really awesome, like a postmodern “On The Road” you’d think was written last year deliberately to subvert the mythic image, when in fact the reverse is true: A collection of other young men and women are introduced as the novel progresses, usually at parties held in their various apartments around the city.

They didn’t accept that the world had become perfect now that the carnage of war had somehow solved humanity’s problems, and so they searched their lives for a deeper meaning. When interviewed years later why he was so fascinated with this circle of friends, he replied: A pretty great window into the inner workings of the Beats right before they started to publish and become famous. Still, the narrative is strong, the description is vivid, and the characterization is amazing.

Go by John Clellon Holmes

I first read it when I was 20, fifty years ago, and rereading it after all that time is a rather strange experience. It often meanders too long or falls in love with the sound of its own voice. There’s a lot of dialogue in this book, mostly converse-driven plot-wise.

There are some memorable scenes however. It w An early Beat Jobn novel, but one that I only came across recently, it features characters based on Kerouac, Ginsberg etc. A lost generation …more Bitterness is common to the beats.


To find out more, including how to control cookies, see here: Stofsky becomes inadvertently involved in crimes by friends he has been trying to help. Product details Format Paperback pages Dimensions x x 30mm More summaries and resources for teaching or studying Go: Read more from the Study Guide.

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With many of the same “characters” different names, but based off of the same real life people in John Clellon Holmes, Go as in On the Road by Jack Kerouac, it’s hard not to ho,mes the two.

If you’re going through a “quarter life crisis,” this is the book for you. You also get a better perspective on the lives of the women who hung out with the Beats, and all the horrors they put up with. Only because they clelllon ignorant of actual profundity, like a caveman drawing on a cave wall and thinking he discovered magic.

Go : La Primera Novela de La Generacion Beat

Unbeknownst to her, Hobbes is writing love letters, often unsent, to a woman he met in college several years ago, whom he hasn’t seen since then. Pages to import images to Wikidata.

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. So reading Go is very strange. Where’s that high-rider sass, man? The same cast of characters are on board: After trawling through many a Kerouac novel as a youth I finally found “Go”.

While the novel is awkward in spots — it was Holmes’s first — it is truthful and strangely analytical, as if Holmes were, to some extent, judging his own participation.

That said, the chapters float by like wild nights on the gritty side of town, broken up only by the bitter mornings-after that Kerouac so assiduously avoided in his more popular books. In the article Holmes attributes the term to Kerouac, who had acquired the idea from Herbert Huncke. One thing that truly fascinated me about this book, before I read it even, was learning that Holmes had written notes and conversations written verbatim from those days.


Holmes brings a raw bohemian desperation to both the locations and characters that makes you feel a surrounding of faded wallpaper and cigarette smoke. They were young people looking for Home – and this Roman a Clef sets the foundation that launches a generation: Hobbes is torn between joining his friends in their riotous existence and trying to maintain his relatively stable life and marriage to his wife Kathryn.

What he longed for became part of our vision. He thinks of his friends, including one who had died, and wonders if anyone had actually loved them. Despite being published in the 50s it was full of sex and drugs an I really really loved this book. Nevertheless, Hobbes and Pasternak finish their novels, and Pasternak’s is accepted by a publisher. John Clellon Holmes was one of the Beats’ inner circle before Jack Kerouac’s fame started the beatnik craze.

Ginsberg in particular is portrayed with an intimacy that perfectly captures his eclectic personality. It tells what happened, a bit about the why, but fails to capture the feel of that whole scene. Happily, he got drunk, hit the road and discovered spontaneous prose, which is really what made the beats “beat.

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