The manuscript, named after a line from a news story about a fire at a circus, was rejected by publishers and confined to a filing cabinet for decades. Now, for the first time, this legendary collaboration between two of the 20th century's most influential writers is being released. Both a fascinating piece of American literary history and an engrossing, atmospheric novel, it brings to life a shocking murder at the dawn of the Beat Generation.
©2008 the Estate of Jack Kerouac and the William S. Burroughs Trust; (P)2008 Blackstone Audio, Inc.
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"Pre-Beat Lit, instant classic!"
I was skeptic... lost book? Burroughs and Kerouac? Does the phrase "too good to be true" come to mind. Yet, to my delight, this could turn out to be one of my favorite pieces of midcentury counter-culture lit. Jack and William take turns with chapters, allowing a really neat multi-perspective view of the controversial plot. Ray does a great job reading, as usual. The epilogue is a great treat, the true story behind the novel.
"Not a great story."
Put into the context of a biography written many years before the characters/authors of the Beat Generation, this story is interesting.
As a stand alone piece, the story is not very good.
historical, shocking, honest
The movement between chapters made it impossible to stop listening.
I felt like I was listening to the authors telling their story.
Dare I say this may be my favorite Kerouac?
I wish I had read the other reviews before I bought this. It's awful. I can't even finish it and I ALWAYS finish any book I've started. It just makes no sense; it's very difficult to follow along.
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