What seeps out here, like sludge from a leaky drain pipe, is the story of Leo Percepied, novelist who will be recognized, under another name, as the wandering minstrel of the author's previous book, "On The Road" , and a Negro girl, Mardou Fox, a subspecies "subterranean" of San Francisco's North Beach. It's a "boy meets girl" story of the lower depths, more difficult to read then its predecessor. It is written less for laughs "kicks" and more as an attempt to put down every recollected fact about an affair between two psychologically "sick" people. The best ways to read Kerouac is with an oxygen mask.
Subterraneans by Kerouac, First Edition
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The Subterraneans is a film directed by Ranald MacDougall based on the novel of the same name by Jack Kerouac. Leo is a year-old novelist who still lives at home with his mother. One night he stumbles upon some beatniks at a coffee house. He falls in love with the beautiful but unstable Mardou Fox. Roxanne warns Mardou away from Leo, who says his love for her is causing him writer's block. Mardou falls pregnant.
The Subterraneans Themes
Then he pushed the body into the swift-flowing water. The student was the St. Louis native Lucien Carr, who possessed a mixture of delinquency, good looks, and intellectual charm. His victim was the thirty-one-year-old David Kammerer, a tall lanky man with dark-red hair and a high-pitched voice who was a friend of William Burroughs.
This is the most popular post on my "Last Bohemians" blog. There are numerous searches every day of Kerouac's sexuality, his occasional homosexual tendencies and his one-night stand with Gore Vidal in I have to believe that Jack and Neal Cassady, another impossibly handsome man, coupled more than twice. Post a Comment. Gore Vidal, bottom, and Jack Kerouac, top, though Vidal claims it was the other way around Jack Kerouac was known for his willingness to sleep with anything, though he preferred to live off various women while writing his novels.