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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Only because they were ignorant of actual profundity, like a caveman drawing on a cave wall and thinking he discovered magic. The same cast of characters are on board: A more conventional novel than On the Road.

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. 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.

Paperbackpages. Thunder’s Mouth Pr Availability: Goodreads is the world’s clelllon site celllon readers with over 50 million reviews. The room seemed full of dusky subsidings, a shambles of butts, strewn glasses and books, the sad mementos of a carouse that had swept on elsewhere. May 11, Brian rated it g it.

I could not imagine them as part of the same world as the suits and hats and nylon stockings. Jun 26, Clive Bonelle rated it it was amazing. 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.

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. This search took the form of experimentation with drugs and sex, a fascination with the structural freedom of “modern” jazz, and a constant movement from one place to another, as if the answers these young people sought could be en route to somewhere.


Holmes says so himself that at times his writing is young and raw. A pretty enlightening look back at the Beat era from a man who lived it, and who watched the best minds of his generation destroyed by madness, starving, hysterical, naked 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.

But rereading it fifty years later, I see it in a very different perspective. A lost generation …more Bitterness is common to the clellon.

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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.

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Ginsberg, especially, gets a starring role in this, as compared to On the Road, where he plays second fiddle. Leave a Reply Cancel reply Enter your comment here Or does he become the moment, shouting “go, go, go”‘ like a hipster digging a “real gone”sax solo, until hopmes itself comes to a stop?

But does he get a job? Holmes had a tender insight into ‘what matters’ in life, even at age 23 or 26 or whenever he wrote this. You are commenting using your WordPress. He thinks of his friends, including one who had died, and wonders if anyone had actually loved them.


Book review: Go, by John Clellon Holmes

And anyone who enjoys the Beat Generation has only a partial view into the beats without this early, infantile look to those that formed it. I felt moved at the end.

cpellon It never occurred to me that those hplmes, who frequented bars like that, were the Beat Generation, and yet they were. Looking for beautiful books? All I have to do is avoid its failed ideas. Go is generally regarded as the first novel of the Beat Generation, written between andand first published innearly sixty years ago.

Nevertheless, Hobbes and Pasternak finish their novels, and Pasternak’s is accepted by a publisher. As a result this book might not evoke the chaos and hysteria of the scene, but Holmes has produced a requisite chronicle of Beat life.

To conclude, I give you this description of the end of one of the latter: You were more interesting as living people than the characters in your fever-dream books. None of them seemed satisfactory. Stofsky becomes inadvertently involved in crimes by friends he has been trying to help.

There are others, too, but these are the best known. And it is in this seeting clelpon lovelessness, hopelessness, selfishness and despair that God appears to Stofky in a dream and says “Go, and love without the help of any Thing on earth. An early Beat Johb novel, but one that I only came across recently, it features characters based on Kerouac, Ginsberg etc. He is also well-known for writing what is considered to be the definitive jazz novel of the Beat Generation, “The Horn.

Go : La Primera Novela de La Generacion Beat

May 05, Tim Boroughs rated it really liked it. Dec 12, Rebecca McNutt rated it really liked it Shelves: Go is intelligent and observant without a trace of the heavy handed stylistic treatments o Holmds I liked this book a lot.

I enjoyed it, and it’s a must-read for any beat aficionado.