The Haunted Life

The Haunted Life

And Other Writings

Book - 2014
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In 1944, twenty-two year old Jack Kerouac lost a novella-length manuscript called The Haunted Life. It turned up thirteen years later in a Columbia University dormitory, and then in 2002, at a Sotheby's auction house. Now, 70 years after Kerouac wrote it, his second novel will be published for the first time. The Haunted Life is the coming-of-age story of Peter Martin, a college track star determined to idle away what he knows will be one of his last innocent summers in his tranquil New England home town. But with the war escalating in Europe and his two closest friends both plotting their escapes, he realises how sheltered his upbringing has been. As he surveys the competing influences of his youth, he struggles to determine what might lead to an intellectually authentic life.
Publisher: London : Da Capo Press, a member of the Perseus Books Group, [2014]
ISBN: 9780306823046
Branch Call Number: KEROU
Characteristics: 193 pages ; 22 cm
Additional Contributors: Tietchen, Todd


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Jun 02, 2015

Pretty standard Kerouac affair, it is a bit hard to read as there is editor notes woven in to the pages. Kerouac builds a beautiful work that is immersive but the story is not quite as compelling. It is pretty short so it is working picking up for an afternoon read.

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