What are the best Jack Kerouac books?

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    #1Maggie Cassidy

    Maggie Cassidy
    Published in 1959, this semi-autobiographical novel by Jack Kerouac narrates his early days in Lowell, Massachusetts. Jack Dulouz, the author's alter ego, is a high school football star who meets Maggie Cassidy, and they share an adolescent love affair. 

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    Eugene Jensen
    Written on April 11, 2018
    "I had a friend of mine keep telling me how good this book was and that I should read it. So, I finally gave in. To keep it short, this book is not really something that I like. I found it to be boring and depressing. Probably because I've been to the city where this book takes place and found it to be boring and depressing (like most of New England). I don't know, the book was just not any good for me."
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    #2Scattered Poems

    Scattered Poems

    This book is a collection of Kerouac's poems, which were found in his private notebooks and little-known publications. There are poems from every style, including some American haikus which inspired many authors. 


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    Craig Lewis
    Written on March 30, 2018
    "A great collection of Kerouac poems. There are many obscure poems that you won't find anywhere else. I really loved the book and it has a treasured place on my bookshelf. A must have for fans of Jack Kerouac."
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    #3Big Sur

    Big Sur

    Jack Kerouac's alter ego, Jack Dulouz, is having a successful and excessive life, so he need to purify his soul and clear his head from all the stress and drugs he gets on a daily basis. To do so, he goes to an isolated cabin on the California coast, as nature is the only thing left able to restore his balance. 


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    Amy Jensen
    Written on March 26, 2018
    "Classic by Kerouac. Incredibly well written. A true reflection of California ethos. It captures the disillusionment at the end of the beat movement in northern California. Would recommend to anyone who enjoy reading Jack Kerouac books."
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    #4Vanity of Duluoz

    Vanity of Duluoz
    This semi-autobiographical novel narrates the adventures of Jack Kerouac's alter ego, Jack Dulouz. In it, we can read about Kerouac's young life, including his childhood in New England, his role in World War II, and how he became a successful writer. 


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    Eric Herrera
    Written on April 5, 2018
    "I recently bought the book Vanity of Duluoz as a gift for the birthday of a friend of mine, and I'm confident the bday party boy is gonna love him. The book it's the semi-biography of the alter ego of the writer Jack Kerouad, a soldier in the WWII, become later a successful writer."
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    #5Visions of Cody

    Visions of Cody

    Published in 1972, this experimental novel written by Jack Kerouac is a collection of sketches, some short essays in which the author describes the post-World War II New York's environment, and also shares his conversations drug-infused conversations with his wife and friends. 


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    Thomas Holmes
    Written on March 27, 2018
    "I am an avid reader and absolutely loved the thrilling classic! This fictional tribute to Neal Cassady is on my favorites list and I would recommend it to anyone that wants to enjoy a great classic book. I have read it twice and plan on reading it a third time this fall. I hope you enjoy this great book as much as I did! "
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    #6Dr. Sax

    Dr. Sax
    Jackie Dulouz, Kerouac's alter ego, is the narrator of a story whose protagonist is Dr. Sax, an alchemist preparing to kill a giant snake who the prophecy says it will end the world. When the snake finally wakes up, Doctor Sax's potion fails miserably, so he has no choice but to observe the giant snake preparing to end the world, until a giant bird defeats her and they both vanish from view. 

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    Jack Hunt
    Written on March 29, 2018
    "One of the Nice story book one can read"
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    #7Wake Up: A Life of the Buddha

    Wake Up: A Life of the Buddha

    This book narrates Jack Kerouac's evolving beliefs towards Buddhism: despite growing up Catholic, he became very fascinated with Siddhartha Gautama's religion, and on this book, he explains the most basic concepts of this religion and his first steps towards enlightenment. 


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    Juan Nguyen
    Written on March 29, 2018
    "I was looking for a goo Jack Kerouac book and found Wake Up: A Life of the Buddha. This looks like a very interesting book about an unfamiliar religion. I like how the author seems to care about the topic too. Overall, I would highly recommend this book for anyone looking for this author."
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    Like in many of his works, Jack Kerouac uses alter egos in his novels to narrate his real-life adventures. In this book, he shares his relation with a Mexican prostitute, Tristessa, whose real name was Esperanza. 

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    Donald Rose
    Written on March 26, 2018
    "Jacks books are really engrossing and immersive.To tell a story through real life adventures and find a way to relate to them is more of an adventure than any other book."
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    #9On the Road

    On the Road
    On The Road is a semi-autobiographical novel by well-known American beatnik author, Jack Kerouac. It tells the story of two friends on a road trip and their quest for freedom and self-discovery. 

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    Sofía Cisneros
    Written on March 27, 2018
    "the reader who love to read autobiography is best for them.The classic novel of freedom and the search for authenticity that defined a generation. The price also awesome. Cheap. but look dry not adventure, fantisium etc."


Best What are the best Jack Kerouac books
1Maggie CassidyBooks 25 Paid
2Scattered Poems Books 22 Paid
3Big SurBooks 20 Paid
4Vanity of DuluozBooks 17 Paid
5Visions of Cody Books 14 Paid
6Dr. SaxBooks 11 Paid
7Wake Up: A Life of the BuddhaBooks 10 Paid
8TristessaBooks 7 Paid
9On the RoadBooks 6 Paid

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