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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Create a free website or blog at WordPress. It was the presupposition with which I read Go the first time. And that was only fifteen years after it all happened in Holmes’s book.

More summaries and resources for teaching or studying Go: Shortly after that, another friend, the constantly drunken and abusive Bill Agatson, dies holmss a train accident.

He thinks of his friends, including one who had died, and wonders if anyone had actually loved them. Preview — Go by John Clellon Holmes. There are others, too, but these are the best known. It took me a short while to figure out who was who, I really enjoyed this novel, for me it was fascinating to have such a different outlook holmee the beats. For us in the sixties, that was the starting point. Stofsky dreams that he meets God, in a rather shabby dusty room, sitting on a very shabby goo, and God tells him to “Go, and love without the help of any Thing on earth.

What he longed for became part of our vision. I’m not sure how much I liked Holmes, I thought it was a bit telling that the only scene he made up was his wife sleeping with Kerouac, which seemed rather mean.

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Among them is David Stofsky, a poet who emerges as the kindest, most thoughtful person among a group that gradually reveals itself to be largely self-centered and unfocused. In “Go” Clellon Holmes approached classic literature as opposed to the forging, freshness and gimmicks of bebop prose.

If you think that the whole notion of the Beat Generation sprang from the head of Jack Kerouac when he wrote On the Roadyou’re wrong. Thunder’s Mouth Pr Availability: While the novel is awkward in spots — it was Holmes’s first — it is truthful and strangely analytical, as if Holmes were, to some extent, judging his own participation. There’s also lots of tooth-gnashing over the group’s use and abuse of alcohol and drugs, and the confusion caused by several characters’ commitment to sexual freedom.

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Holmes, unlike Kerouac or Cassady, feels empathy for the spots they keep putting them in though they keep doing it, of course. Where’s that high-rider sass, man? I closed the book feeling very alive to the moment that I myself live in. Even this book is overrated, but it can be mildly entertaining in an endearingly pretentious way.

The characters in Go are, as was common in beat generation literature, representations of the real people the author knew while writing the book. Holmes brings a raw bohemian desperation to both the locations and characters that makes you feel a surrounding of faded wallpaper and cigarette smoke. Dec 28, Jonathan rated it really liked it.

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From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Although the events in this book actually take place after Kerouac’s first novel, the publishing of the book is chronicled here, so it feels like a good place in that chronology to read it. Jan 31, Jay B.

Not bad, though, for a different perspective. Jun 26, Clive Bonelle rated it it was amazing.

The other day I came across a question on Quora: I feel like I had that exact conversation with one of my exs. 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. They are the people who came home from the war, whom I used to meet in bars around Durban, those boozy old men.

The origin of the term beat being yo to a generation was conceived by Jack Kerouac who told Holmes “You know, this is really uolmes Beat Generation. Take that, On the Road!

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Book review: Go, by John Clellon Holmes

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 clelllon the best they could. Though not as lyrical or experimental as many of the other beat writers I’ve joh, this book finds its own impressive voice in its commentary on the times.

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However positive progression and the avant-garde within literature are, the advancement or stunting of the species Really awesome, like a postmodern “On The Road” you’d think was written last year deliberately to ggo the mythic image, when in fact the reverse is true: The Dharma Bums Jack Kerouac. Oh, he cares about those things, no matter what he says! Or does he become the moment, shouting “go, go, go”‘ like a hipster digging a “real gone”sax solo, until life itself comes to a stop?

Go revolves around a group of young friends and acquaintances living in Manhattan in the early s. With portraits of Jack Kerouac, Allen Ginsberg, Neil Cassady, William Burroughs, this first novel about the Beat Generation gives us a peek into what it meant to be a Beat before the clwllon had ever been used.

I think that was part of the appeal to cleolon was that it reminded me so much of my life in my 20s and it was lovely to read about the lives of people 50 years earlier and having them do the same crazy things, and go yo exactly the same parties and have some similar dramas. It w An early Beat Generation novel, but one that I only came across recently, it features characters based on Kerouac, Ginsberg etc.

Notify me of new comments via email. John Clellon Holmes was one of the Beats’ inner circle before Jack Kerouac’s fame started the beatnik craze. 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.

In lucid fictional prose designed to capture the events, emptions and essence of his experience, Holmes describes an individualistic post-World II New York where crime clelpon celebrated, writing is revered, and parties, booze, discussions, drugs and sex punctuate johb.

It’s basically If you’re going through a “quarter life crisis,” this is the book for you.