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Has anyone read Jack Keroauc's 'Big Sur'? Was it a difficult read for you?

Asked by stardust (10562points) November 28th, 2009

I’m reading Keroauc’s ‘Big Sur’ at the moment. It’s my second attempt to read this book. I’ve reached the half-way mark now and I’m finding it to be such a trying/difficult read. I’m a fan of J.K. but I can’t wait to finish this. Has anyone read it? If so, how was it for you?

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Mamradpivo's avatar

Big Sur is in my to-read stack. Like any twenty-something American male, On The Road is one of my top five novels. I enjoyed Dharma Bums a lot. But something is keeping me from Big Sur, and your question doesn’t make me want to run towards it any time soon.

So, to answer your question, no, I haven’t read it. But I’d like to.

uniquenewyork's avatar

Agree with @Mamradpivo. It depends on your age. I loved Big Sur (and Dharma Bums, and On the Road, et. al) when I read it in my early twenties. Now that I’m in my thirties, I don’t connect with it in the same way anymore.

Assuming you’re of the age where most people connect with Kerouac, then I say keep trying. It’s NOT the same as his other narratives, but it really is a great book and a fun read if you’re in the right spirit.

RareDenver's avatar

Big Sur nice easy version

ModernEpicurian's avatar

I think that if a book is hard to read (unless educational) then it isn’t worth reading.

Reading is fun escapism. Don’t force it to be anything else. :-)

pizzaman's avatar

I haven’t read it. Sorry.

tb1570's avatar

Yes, I read it, and no, I didn’t find it to be a particularly difficult read. What about it is proving to be so difficult for you?

stranger_in_a_strange_land's avatar

I found it to be a confusing read, similar to my evaluation of “Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance”. Kerouac never connected with me at any age. But then I’ve been accused of having a calculator in place of a soul.

Adagio's avatar

No I have not read it, but I have read Richard Brautigan’s A Confederate General From Big Sur , I can’t recommend it highly enough for those with a sense of humour and love of the quirky and outrageous, in retrospect I would describe it as one of my rites of passage.

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