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10 thoughts on “Doctor Sax and the Great World Snake

  1. Matthew Appleton Matthew Appleton says:

    26th book of 2020 I'm reading a lot of Kerouac at the moment; this is my 7th You may imagine my excitement then on finding that this is Kerouac's own favourite of all of his work and my edition has a uote from Time that reads Kerouac's best bookIt is not I'm sorry Jack but this was mostly nonsense to me There were some good lines you can't help that but on the whole nonsense About Doctor Sax and his big cape and a Castle and vampires and a giant snake that wants to what eat the world or something? Kerouac wrote this whilst staying in Mexico City with William S Burroughs I imagine a lot of drugs were used in its making I also read somewhere can't remember where that Kerouac stopped chapters because Burroughs had simply walked into room in real life so he wrapped up and ended where he was Madness I respect it in an odd way But it didn't make for a very good book Though Kerouac says this is his favourite out of the 7 I have read so far this is the worst Sorry We disagree on something

  2. S.D. S.D. says:

    Forget for the moment about On the Road anyone about to read Kerouac should start here Dr Sax is the crystallization of Kerouac’s creative integrity and vision Here his style is unencumbered by the editorial “corrections” that helped make On the Road a best seller but compromised its thematic execution – and the imagination that produced the mythical Dr Sax is the same that in the guise of Sal Paradise seeks redemption Here revealed in its purest realization is the source of the loss and desperation that haunt On the Road and lead to the physical emotional and creative breakdown in Big Sur As a portrayal of imagination and its inevitable universal loss it’s an inspirational heartbreak

  3. Mark Mark says:

    Oh God what a magnificent book with language so beautiful that I have to gasp between sentences Kerouac himself said it was his personal favorite while drunk during an interview for Italian tv No one I mean no one has ever captured the terrible magic and mystery of childhood lost better than Ti Jean

  4. Jack Beltane Jack Beltane says:

    Thing is most of Kerouac's work is not linear and neat and tidy It's poorly punctuated stream of consciousness skipping from image to image to emotion to sensation So if you think you like Kerouac because you liked On the Road you may not like this book And if you only like Kerouac when he's writing traditionally crafted fiction then maybe you just don't like KerouacNot all of Kerouac's books deserve 4 or 5 stars but this one earned it The genius of it is that he recounts as if he were still a child the moments in his childhood when he realized his childhood was ending and that Dr Sax was coming to carry him away into the rest of his life Losing a prize marble surviving a devastating flood as others suffered watching a man die finally plucking up the courage to take a midnight trip through town to explore the ruined haunted house he'd always feared and wondered about these are the moments that Kerouac hangs his story on And he does so by recalling them using a child's unlimited sense of imaginationYes it's a difficult read but I think half the thing that makes it difficult for some people is that they go into it with the wrong expectations Don't expect On the Road or even Visions of Cody Expect to enter the mind of a child who sees vampires and ghosts and monsters as well as beauty and poetry and life

  5. Patti Patti says:

    It took me a couple of times to get through Dr Sax Kerouac is my favorite and I feel a crazy connection with him but for heaven's sake You can tell that this was written when he was hanging out with stupid trippy Burroughs It has a lot of the Electric Kool Aid test in it as in disturbing imagery nonsense alliteration etc The times that I really started to enjoy it was when he left the Dr Sax part even though the imagery of the great snake that might be made up of doves is something that is very haunting to meand talked about his childhood what it's like to be a kid Kerouac has such an amazing memory that all those weird little mind games that every kid grows out of he's able to remember and portray on paper

  6. robin friedman robin friedman says:

    Dr SaxThe year 2007 marked the 50th anniversary of the publication of Jack Kerouac's 1922 1969 On the Road The Library of America among others publishers has marked the occasion with the publication of a new volume including five Kerouac Road Novels I wanted to reread other works by Kerouac besides the road novels that are in danger of being overlooked and I turned to Dr Sax Kerouac wrote Dr Sax in 1952 while living with William Burroughs in Mexico City It was a difficult time for both writers Kerouac had already written On the Road but could not get it published Burroughs had just accidentally killed his lover Joan Vollmer during a drunken game of William Tell Dr Sax proved even difficult to publish than On the Road and did not appear in print until 1959Dr Sax differs from On the Road and the other books in the LOA collection in that it is set in Lowell Massachusetts the town where Kerouac grew up Lowell is a small mill town on the banks of the Merrimack River During Kerouac's boyhood it was home to a substantial French Canadian immigrant population to a community of Greek Americans and to several other diverse ethnic groups Kerouac's parents were both immigrants from French Canada They spoke a dialect of French in their home and Kerouac did not learn English until he was about seven years old A fascinating part of Dr Sax is the French dialogue among Kerouac and his family with Kerouac immediately providing an English rendition in addition to the FrenchThe book is written from the perspective of an adult Kerouac in 1952 in Mexico City looking back and reflecting upon his childhood and early adolescence from the standpoint of his ongoing difficult life as a writer struggling for publication and combating his own inner demons of drugs and alcohol It opens with a dream and Kerouac tells the reader that memory and dream are intermixed in this mad universe The book features a strange character the young Kerouac invented named Dr Sax a sinister figure in a cape and slouch hat Dr Sax is accompanied by other bizarre characters including Count Cordu the Vampire the Great Snake the Wizard and others who live in a large weed grown abandoned house on a snake infested hill just outside of Lowell Kerouac conceived the idea of Dr Sax from various comic books that were popular when he was a childDr Sax is memorable largely for the picture it draws of Kerouac's childhood and of Lowell Kerouac is named Jack Duluoz or Ti Jean in the book It gives good portraits of Kerouac's mother and father and of the family's many moves among the poorer neighborhoods of the town and of Kerouac's older sister and ill fated brother Gerard who died when he was ten Kerouac Ti Jean is portrayed as a sensitive imaginative and athletic child The book offers portraits of Kerouac playing baseball and marbles going to church engaging in pranks and fights with his childhood friends and enemies watching movies and reading books experiencing the first flush of sexuality and learning to masturbate and learning of death in the person of Gerard and several others The book also shows a great deal of Lowell and its environs especially of a large flood that destroyed much of the city's downtown in 1936The story of young Ti Jean and of Lowell is punctuated by comic book like tales of Dr Sax Dr Sax also appears as a shadowy figure commenting upon and observing the life of young Kerouac and his family and friends There is something sinister about Sax throughout most of the book He is partly drawn from William Burroughs as he is shown travelling through South and Central America for various powders In the lengthy final chapter of the book Ti Jean accompanies Dr Sax in a bizarre chapter in which Sax purports to ward off the forces of evil that threaten Lowell The story gets a sharp wizard of Oz like twist at the endWith the comic characters and the surprise ending there is a great deal of mad humor in Dr Sax but the tone still is predominantly one of melancholy and reflection In one particularly good scene Kerouac's dying uncle prophetically tells him my child poor Ti Jean do you know my dear that you are destined to be a man of big sadness and talent it'll never to live or die you'll suffer like others The Dr Sax figure similarly seems to show the price Kerouac paid for becoming a writer The book suggests with its subtitle Faust Part Three that Kerouac's writing was part of a Faustian bargain with Dr Sax in which Kerouac paid for his literary imagination with a sad and tormented lifeDr Sax was Kerouac's favorite among his own novels and many readers would among his work regard it as his best or second best after On the Road Other works have their own partisans as well This book will interest readers who want to see a lesser known side of Kerouac The book is written in a variety of styles It is erratic and not easy reading Those who are interested in Kerouac's portrayals of his life in Lowell might also enjoy Maggie Cassidy and Kerouac's first and underappreciated book The Town and the CityRobin Friedman

  7. Michelle Curie Michelle Curie says:

    Seems like Jack Kerouac can go wrong after all This novel showed me personally how wonderful ideas do not automatically guarantee a wonderful story In a lot of ways Doctor Sax is as pure as writing can get It feels raw unpolished honest On an emotional level this makes it extremely personal; from a reader point's of view however boring Kerouac has always phrased his thoughts in a stream of consciousness style yet I personally prefer his stories after their fair share of editing It's a shame since the ideas here are lovely Kerouac has named this his favorite out of his own books and I can see why In it he reconstructs his childhood We see the world through the eyes of a child somebody on the verge to growing up For the moment however the world is still full of magic as well as beauty and unexplored secrets If only it wasn't such a drag to get through it Childhood certainly didn't feel like that

  8. Brian Brian says:

    This was a sad read for me marking the time in my life when I definitively fell out of love with Kerouac There are to be sure flashes of brilliance in Dr Sax but the overall meandering stream of consciousness this time trying to recapture his adolescence left me underwhelmed without an authentic point of connection Kerouac for me now becomes one of those authors that I like the idea of than the reality of reading their work

  9. Reid Reid says:

    The subtitle of the novel is “Faust Part Three” The scene is Textile town working class blue collar drudge filled Beyond the dark woods and the brown ominous serpentine Merrimac River lies the Castle near the corner of Bridge and 16th including vampire Count Condu flown from Budapest and mysterious green faced creeping caped Doctor Sax from Butte all haunting Jack Kerouac’s childhood and memories in Lowell This is an awesome read filled alternately with sad incredibly effective nostalgia heart warming scenes of affection love community and friendship sudden unexpected humor and the haunting fears of youth I have never experienced as much emotion from a book as this one It is a treasure and a surprise to me as I’d never heard of Dr Sax until I decided to read the Duluoz seriesKerouac is definitely channeling a bit of Joyce and there are a few tedious parts but much of it is glorious loopy language or rhythmic sound and pacing that somehow induces emotion and feeling and personally conjured many memories from my own childhood and neighborhood and of a 1930's youth that echoes my own father's stories from the same era and locationHere’s a simpler example without the Joyce or memories but it does portray the sound rhythm and theme “Tragedies of darkness hid in the shadows all around Textile the waving hedges hid a ghost a past a future a shuddering spirit specter full of anxious blackish sinuous twiny night torture the giant orangebrick smokestack rose to the stars a little black smoke came out below a million tittering twit leaves and jumping shadows I have such a hopeless dream of walking or being there at night nothing happens I just pass everything is unbearably over with” p57Unbearably over with because he’s facing the end of childhood’s hope free play and imagination and entering the “horrible adult routine world” of dashed hopes disappointment and the death of friends and family To elucidate the contrast Dr Sax forewarns him “You’ll come to rages you never dreamedlonely romages among Beast of Day in hot glary circumstances made grit by the hour of the clock that is known as Civilization You’ll grow numb all over from inner paralytic thoughts and bad chairs that is known as Solitude You’ll inch along the ground on the day of your death and be pursued that is known as nightmares you’ll never be as happy as you are now in your uiltish innocent book devouring boyhood immortal night” p 202 203Soon after the ghoulish Doctor Sax takes the boy on a haunted tour of the neighborhood peeking in windows and spying on neighbors much like Scrooge’s ghostly tour of the Past Present and future The boy’s life is about to change forever due to mythic Earthuake Flood and the demise of his youth and innocence The Flooding of Textile scene in particular may be the best of the mythic parts of the novel and includes the adult fears and panic of such a deluge along with the joys and exuberance of youthful aweAgain the book isn’t without its flaws it took me at least 20 pages to get beyond my initial skepticism and the ending seuence could have been shorter but in all actually this is my favorite Kerouac book so far out of four five actually I reacted personally hence the 5 stars as opposed to 4 I'd recommend this highly to any good reader it's worth it even if you rate it a 3

  10. Nathan Nathan says:

    This actually applies to the audio play best I can describe a screenplay turned into an audiobookWell it was interesting Not bad and it's hard to complain too much about a work that's that short It would have been a fairly good kid's fantasy story along the lines of something Neil Gaiman might have written except Kerouac was deliberately messy with the narrative and added a lot of unnecessary strange language Of course the reason this is called Dr Sax instead of Dr Violin is that we're talking jazz here not classical music He improvises on top of his basic structure It's actually not bad but it's not exceptionally good either It's still something I'd recommend given how little effort it would take

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