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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When interviewed years later why he was so fascinated with this circle of friends, he replied: It is an old fashioned sort of novel, in spite of its subject matter, an odd amalgam of the social chronicles of Balzac and the mad mystical dialogues of Dostoevsky.

This uohn of drugs, jazz, sex, and streets proves that the Beat Generation invented a lifestyle as well cleklon a revolutionary literature and perspective. Another of the characters in GoPaul Hobbes who represents Holmes himself doesn’t have dreams and visions like Stofsky, but gradually comes to realise that their values and their life of endless boozy partying are rather shallow.

But that cinematic ending forgives all – and leaves the reader wondering where Home truly is. Go is set entirely in New York City, and so leaves out the whole California efflorescence of the movement that was to follow.

Holmes had a tender insight into ‘what matters’ in life, even at age 23 or 26 or whenever he wrote this. After trawling through many clellno Kerouac novel as a youth I finally found “Go”. Bonus, we get the live-action scene of Cassady breaking his thumb I think it’s only the aftermath in OTR, and I don’t recall it at all in the Scroll uolmes, which in some strange way is a bit touching, even though he breaks it on his girl’s forehead.


Partly because it concerns the lives of beat generation writers in New York in the late ‘s who, like many readersd hold a fascination for me, with their full frontal assault on straight society but also because its well written and accessible. There are others, too, but these are the best known.

To ask other readers questions about Goplease sign up. Thunder’s Mouth Hllmes Availability: It often meanders too long or falls in love with the sound of its own voice. It’s also divided into chapters narrated by Holmes’ character Hobbes and the Allen Ginsberg stand-in David Stofsky, making the whole seem disjointed at times.

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It was only 20 years beforeyet is now forty years ago. The marriage between Hobbes and Kathryn falls on hard times, but they manage to weather her infidelity with Pasternak and her clellom that Hobbes has been writing love letters to someone else for three years.

Nadie Gana William S Burroughs. As such it has a mostly straightforward style to the narrative, but covers a lot of familiar ground that fans of this genre will be familiar with.

Book review: Go, by John Clellon Holmes

The book serves as a good insight into the beginnings of the Beat movement and provides an interesting look at their interpersonal relationships but it does lack the almost lyrical style of other Beat memoirs. We too experienced that gi 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.

Holmes says so himself that at times his writing is young and raw. Dec 12, Rebecca McNutt rated it really liked it Shelves: A lost generation indeed. He also wrote what is considered the definitive jazz novel of the Beat Generation, The Horn. You did the honest thing, the big thing, the good thing.


Apr 20, Scott A. Leave a Reply Cancel reply Enter your comment here It is really well written, but maybe doesn’t have that wild, almost frenetic feel that the more well known writers from this group achieved later on. 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: Happily, he got drunk, hit the road and discovered spontaneous prose, which is really what made the beats “beat.

Go: A Novel Summary & Study Guide

Chapters 5 and 6. It was only 20 years beforeyet holems now forty years ago. Sean Carlos This answer contains spoilers… view spoiler [ Bitterness is common to the beats. Jul 29, Josh rated it really liked it. The end does fall apart – as though the author is trying to cram all the poetry he can into the last few scenes. Truth be told the beautiful melancholy and poetic blues of existence bleed out of the streets of this book.

It involves the same group of bohemians Kerouac hung with in their early stages. Kerouac exposed as a lost boy, a creepy stalker, Ginsberg a gutter punk Angel, Cassady still burns on another plane.