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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There are many anecdotes taken from actual events such as Stofsky’s aka Cleolon Ginsberg revelations whilst reading Blake’s poetry. It was a kind of presupposition.

Book review: Go, by John Clellon Holmes

You did the honest thing, the big thing, the good thing. In honest, lucid fictional prose designed to capture the events, emotions, and essence of his experience among the Beats, Holmes describes an individualistic post-World War II New York where crime is celebrated, writing is revered, and parties, booze, discussions, drugs, and sex punctuate life. Product details Paperback Publisher: Other books in this series. Towards the end we get to see the events that caused Ginsberg to get arrested, and soon after there is some pretty good comedy involving a sort of cleaning up of a crime scene, essentially.

He thinks of his friends, including one who had died, and wonders if anyone had actually loved them. Both the narrator and the author are somehow detached from the life around him, and this detachment itself becomes one of the themes of the book.

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. But they are the generation I associate with alien things like Frank Sinatra, and males in suits and hats, and women wearing lipstick and nylon stockings, and people trying to get back on their feet after the war. I had to work to get through it because so many things seem incredibly tame in light of the drug johhn of the 60s and today’s drug crisis. Stofsky dreams that he meets God, in a rather shabby dusty room, sitting on a very shabby throne, and God tells him to “Go, and love without the help of any Thing on earth.


Set in New York, it concerns the lives of a collection of characters largely based on the friends Holmes used to hang around with in the s and s in Manhattan. Several characters are involved heavily in narcotics use, others are alcoholics, and still others clelllon petty criminals. It is David Stofsky Ginsbergthough, who is the most memorable: But the prospect of relief made you holmse and you jammed your finger down your throat.

But this is a sad book, too – about young men and women looking to “Go and love without the help of any thing on earth. You are commenting using your Facebook account. There are no discussion topics on this book yet.

Thunder’s Mouth Pr Availability: I feel like I had that exact conversation with one of my exs. This page was last edited on 12 Juneat We too experienced that restless rushing around in the, rushing to Meadowlands to see Cyprian Moloi, or to Springs to see Noel Lebenya, travelling many miles to see if a friend was home, and finding that they were out, travelling many more liles to see another.

Jack Kerouac was the same age as my father-in-law, who occasionally used to go drinking at the Malvern Hotel. 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.

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Thunder’s Mouth Pr October Language: Truth be told the beautiful melancholy and poetic blues of existence bleed out of the streets of this book.

To find out more, including how to control cookies, see here: As terrible and beautiful as The Great Gatsby. Fantastic, really engaging…while his style isn’t as spontaneous as Kerouac, some really interesting characters, and the style is engaging. My first Holmes book. Go is generally regarded as the first novel of the Beat Generation, written between hollmesand first published innearly sixty years ago.

And so it all seemed rather wonderful, transported out of its time and place into some kind of beautiful timeless realm. Go concerns protagonist Paul Hobbes’ struggle to maintain his marriage to celllon wife, Kathryn, while simultaneously indulging in the world of the s and s Beat Generation.

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There’s a problem loading this menu right now. Holmes gives us a more realistic, less romantic, vision of the Beats, and this helps us put this generation of poets in perspective.