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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It was full of psychology and social commentary, without being blatant about it, just in the way the characters were trying to cope with life and get by the best they could. After slogging through the middle and almost giving up, I found the third part kohn lot more interesting. Highly recommended for all Beat afficionados.

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And that was only fifteen years after it all happened in Holmes’s book. The lunge and the plunge?

How would you answer that question? I felt both his psycho qualities and I also felt some pity for him. Written more as a confessional commentary, Holmes has captured the personal identities of his counterparts, and the honest depictions of their thoughts and dialogue gives perspective to the life events of these iconic writers. Holmes gives us a more realistic, less romantic, vision of the Beats, and this helps us put this generation of poets in perspective.

Someone fascinated with the antics of the Beats, but lacking the freedom in his lifestyle and outlook to ever immerse himself fully in them. In the sixties Holmes’s world of New York seemed like some magic golden age, and looking back from now to the sixties, that seems like the real golden age.


Go by John Clellon Holmes. The Best Books yolmes But this is a sad book, too – about young men and women looking to “Go and love without gp help of any thing on earth.

Go is a semi- autobiographical novel by John Clellon Holmes. None of them seemed satisfactory.

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By continuing to use this website, you agree to their use. We’re featuring millions of their reader ratings on our book pages to help you find your new favourite book. Chapters 5 and 6. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. It comes off like one of Corso’s drunken rants about how he was cheated out of being more famous than Ho,mes or Kerouac or Burroughs.

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This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Chapters clellom and It’s definitely a powerful piece of classic literature. Hobbes is married to Kathryn, who works at a job she dislikes, and is uncertain about Pasternak and the other new friends her husband is making.

May 11, Brian rated it liked it. Looking for beautiful books? Go is generally regarded as the first novel of the Beat Generation, written between andand first published innearly sixty years ago.


Although possibly too conventional for some fans, Holmes’ portraits of the inner circle of beat writers make this a must-read for anyone interested in the movement. Though not as lyrical or experimental as many of the other beat writers I’ve read, this book finds its own impressive iohn in its commentary on the times.

I first read it when I was 20, fifty years ago, and rereading it after all that time is a rather strange experience.

Still, the narrative is strong, the description is vivid, and the characterization is amazing. 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.

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Really awesome, like a postmodern “On The Road” you’d think was written last year deliberately to subvert jolmes mythic image, when in fact the reverse is true: Want to Read Currently Reading Read. The marriage between Hobbes and Kathryn falls on hard times, but they manage to weather her infidelity with Pasternak and her discovery that Hobbes has been writing love letters to someone clellkn for three years.

I don’t have to remember the past to avoid repeating it.