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The Sea Is My Brother review - Jack Kerouac

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FROM 'ROAD' TO 'SEA' The first novel Kerouac ever wrote (though only now published), Sea was inspired by Keroac's tour as a Merchant Marine

The Sea Is My Brother

type:
Book
Current Status:
In Season
author:
Jack Kerouac
publisher:
Da Capo Press
genre:
Fiction

We gave it a B

Fourteen years before On the Road turned him into the Benzedrine-fueled symbol of the Beat Generation, Kerouac set out to write his first novel. He was 21, a Merchant Marine high on the freedom of the open seas, and judging from this slight debut, still struggling to find his voice. Chronicling the boozy nights of a pair of men looking to lead authentic lives as sailors, The Sea Is My Brother will interest scholars, though it’s unlikely to win new fans. But if you squint hard enough, you’ll see hints of the bebop prose that would later pour out of Kerouac’s typewriter so effortlessly. B