I've only read the slightly autobiographical book of his "Big Sur" and I liked it a lot because he just knows how to write amazingly well. The book felt as if he was writing about me, it was very powerful.
>>By Justy (Tuesday, 27 Nov 2007 11:36)
To aqt4dmb - Before you read any critical reviews (they are few) of Tristessa, try this. Pick a time when you can spend half a day alone, just you and the story, away from outside & long ago reactions of a mind in shock giving value to voltage; forget why you 'need' a 'literary' opinion of a book. Make up an imaginary friend you liked very much, a good guy who took a loss to his spirit & went away suddenly, no goodbys, just gone. And you, thinking about where, and is he ok,
is he healing, what does the world look like from the hole in his soul, and will you know him when he comes home? And you care. And imagine you get a letter
one day and you can't open it with all these people here who didn't know him like you did, so you go off to a silent place and sit alone and read the letter slowly
and picture every detail he describes, the smell, the taste, the weight of all that he is using to fill that place that he misses. Whatever you see him use, remember how lost he was when was not where he was anymore and neither of you knew where he had gone and only one of you knew what he had lost before he left and
had to write about everything, finally. After you read the letter be still for a long time and feel your way through the whole human length of him as he stretched
himself out to you, like a pale path of skin that would be him if you walked on it with your bare feet from now all the way to the weary sigh of him when he sat down to reach out to you. Later, after being glad he is alive and smiling at who your friend was and who he has become, you can gather all of who you truly are
and all of echos of him you cannot let go of and tell about them in a letter whoever would care to know of it. Tell them it was his only holy story, whether he
would admit it or not. And don't let anyone convince you otherwise. This is how you knew him, the others only heard rumors. You Should Really Read The
Subterraneans. It is not spiritual caliber of T., but has a certain tenderness he never equaled again. Let me know how this all works out, please.
>>By rltr (Saturday, 4 Feb 2012 06:38)
I read dharma bums 1000 years ago, it really effected me at that time of my life as I was kind of living somewhat nomadic at the time. Also read hesse's wandering at the same time.
>>By ego_altered_4u (Saturday, 21 Apr 2012 09:17)
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