Gerard Duluoz Was Born In A Sickly Little Kid With A Rheumatic Heart And Many Other Complications That Made Him Ill For Th Emost Part Of His Life Which Ended In July , When He Was , And The Nuns Of St Louis De France Parochial School Were At His Bedside To Take Down His Dying Words Because They D Heard His Astonishing Revelations Of Heaven Delivered In Catechism Class On No Encouragement Than It Was His Turn To Speak This Is The Opening Sentence Of A Novel Unlike Any Other By Jack Kerouac In It He Recaptures The Scenes And Sensations Of Earliest Childhood, The First Four Years Of Ti Jean Duluoz As They Unfold In The Short Tragic Happy Life Of His Older Brother Gerard The Scene In A New England Town Set Among Substantial Redbrick Smokestacks Of Lowell Mills Along The River On Sad Red Sunday Afternoons When Big Scowling Emil Pop Duluoz Our Father Is In His Shirtsleeves Reading The Funnies In A Corner By The Potted Plant Of Time And Home Childhood S Wisdom, Anguish, Intensity, Innocence, Evil, Insight, Suffering, Delight And Shock Are All Here The Smallest Animals, Being So Near, Seem To Have Reality For Gerard And Jean Than People The Birds At The Bedroom Window, Who Never Come Close Enough To Satisfy Gerard The Trapped Mouse, His First Experience Of Death Their Cat Gigi When He Isn T Confined To Bed, Gerard Goes To School Where He Falls Asleep And Has A Vision Of Our Lady In Heaven To Church, Where He Astonishes The Priest In The Confessional To The Backstage Area Of B F Keith S Theatre, Where His Father S Cronies Play Poker To The Drugstore, Braving The Winter S Night To Get His Mother Some Medicine Or Back Home, Where His French Canuck Relatives Often Come To Laugh And Drink And Weep For The First Four Years Of My Life, While He Lived, I Was Not Ti Jean Duluoz, I Was Gerard, The World Was His Face, The Flower Of His Face, The Pale Stooped Disposition, The Heartbreakingness And The Holiness And His Teachings Of Tenderness To Me Visions Of Gerard Is About Childhood, But It Is Not A Book For Children The Theme, In Fact, Could Hardly Be Serious It Is Nothing Less Than The Meaning Of Existence
Jack Kerouac was born Jean Louis Lebris de Kerouac on March 12, 1922, in Lowell, Massachusetts Jack Kerouac s writing career began in the 1940s, but didn t meet with commercial success until 1957, when On the Road was published The book became an American classic that defined the Beat Generation Kerouac died on October 21, 1969, from an abdominal hemorrhage, at age 47.
- 152 pages
- Visions of Gerard
- Jack Kerouac
- 20 August 2019 Jack Kerouac