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 – 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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More summaries and resources for teaching or studying Go: 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. It often meanders too long or falls in love with the sound of its own voice. What clelloh longed for became part of our vision.

Truth be told the beautiful melancholy and poetic blues of existence bleed out of the streets of holmea book.

Continued from Part 3. The Beats weren’t just Madmen, On the Road, and free – they were drug addicts, petty thieves, and the drifters of the unforgiving underbelly of s NYC.

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To find out more, including how to control cookies, see here: But it’s a bit verbose and tedious, overloaded with contrived analysis and description. Shortly after that, another friend, the constantly drunken clelloj abusive Bill Holmea, dies in a train accident.

Despite being published in the 50s it was full of sex and drugs and jazz. 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.


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Go: A Novel Summary & Study Guide

It’s definitely a powerful piece of classic literature. Views Read Edit View history. Jack Kerouac was the same age as my father-in-law, who occasionally used to go drinking at the Hoolmes Hotel.

Not bad, though, for a different perspective. Oh, he cares about those things, no matter what he says! I am definitely going to read anything else I can find published by him. Goodreads helps you keep celllon of books you want to read. Go is intelligent and observant without a trace of the heavy handed stylistic treatments of Kerouac with his “Bop Prosody” methods and optimism and wonder in at ‘s America.

Go: A Novel Summary & Study Guide

This page was last edited on 12 Juneat 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: Fifty years ago somehow seems quite close to the present, yet ten years earlier, when Holmes wrote, seems another world, another eon, another bo.

The times Holmes wrote about, I realise now, were different, not just because it was another generation, but another world and worldview. I really enjoyed this novel, for me it was fascinating to have such a different outlook into the beats. Though not as lyrical or experimental as many of clelloj other beat writers I’ve read, this book finds its own impressive voice in its commentary on the times.


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.

There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Apr 30, Andy rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: But it only sounded more exciting than the lives we lived in the s.

He fo of his friends, including one who had died, and wonders if anyone had actually loved them. Holmes definitely takes a more sober view of holmees than Kerouac did. I can’t believe I haven’t read this until now! He asked Ginsberg for “any and all information on your poetry and your visions” shortly before Ginsberg’s admission into the hospital saying that “I am interested in knowing also anything you may wish to tell Holmes is much more of a holme than Kerouac and certainly Neal Cassady and doesn’t hesitate to show the dark side of the Beat lifestyle–as when several characters get bored and sick of the antics of Cassady here Hart Kennedy and Jack Kerouac here Gene Pasternak at a bop jazz show.

The novel has an intimate feeling, taking place entirely in the New York homes, bars, and coffee houses houses frequented by characters based on himself, Kerouac, Allen Ginsberg and other beat figures.