At the End of the Road: Jack Kerouac in Mexico by Daniel C. Schechter, Jorge García-Robles

By Daniel C. Schechter, Jorge García-Robles

“We had ultimately stumbled on the magic land on the finish of the line and we by no means dreamed the level of the magic.” Mexico, an break out course, notion, and ecstatic terminus of the prestigious novel at the street, was once an important to Jack Kerouac’s artistic improvement. during this dramatic and hugely compelling account, Jorge García-Robles, prime authority at the Beats in Mexico, re-creates either the particular occasions and the literary imaginings of Kerouac in what grew to become the writer’s revelatory terrain.

Providing Kerouac a right away non secular freshness that contrasted with the staid society of the us, Mexico was once maybe the one most crucial kingdom in his lifestyles. Sourcing fabric from the Beat author’s immense output and revealing correspondence, García-Robles vividly describes the milieu and folks that stimulated him whereas sojourning there and the conditions among his myriad arrivals and departures. From the writer’s preliminary euphoria upon encountering Mexico and its interesting tableau of humanity to his tortured courting with a Mexican prostitute who encouraged his novella Tristessa, this quantity chronicles Kerouac’s usually illusory view of the rustic whereas realistically detailing the incidents and contributors that came across their means into his poetry and prose.

In juxtaposing Kerouac’s idyllic photograph of Mexico along with his genuine stories of being extorted, assaulted, and stressed, García-Robles bargains the fundamental Mexican point of view. discovering there the religious nourishment he used to be starved for within the usa, Kerouac held quickly to his idealized suggestion of the rustic, at the same time the tales he recounts have been as a lot literary as actual.

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Twenty years old, fine-featured, taller than he was, prim and elegant, she lived next door to Lucien Carr. In November 1950, a few weeks after meeting, they got married on a whim and went to live with Memère in Richmond. The mother-in-law/wife/son/husband quatrain didn’t work out very well: Jack’s overprotective mother obstructed the couple’s relationship, and it got on Joan’s nerves.

At the top of his voice, Victor told them he would get them girls, but later in the evening. Then Neal asked if he could sell them marijuana. The youth said he could get them as much as they wanted and took them to the adobe hut of his mother, who gathered some recently cut marijuana leaves. Then they rolled up the weed in some scrap paper. It was the biggest joint that Jack had ever seen. After smoking it with some of Victor’s friends, there was an unspoken, mutually positive vibe among them, and they got in the car and headed for the roadhouse.

But within three weeks’ time, Neal could no longer take married life, sent his new, now pregnant bride packing, and caught a bus to San Francisco. There he went running back to his ex, Carolyn, with whom he resumed an intense relationship of several years, which produced three children. So it went with the hero of Jack Kerouac’s novels. After recovering, Jack joined Burroughs on an urban tour of the bars of the Roma and Dolores districts. They drank, smoked Rialtos (at thirty-five centavos a pack), ate at the Viennese Kuku, discussed political issues such as the Korean War, which they both criticized.

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