Visions of Cody

Visions of Cody What I m beginning to discover now is something beyond the novel and beyond the arbitrary confines of the story I m making myself seek to find the wild form that can grow with my wild heart because n

  • Title: Visions of Cody
  • Author: Jack Kerouac
  • ISBN: 9780140179071
  • Page: 256
  • Format: Paperback
  • What I m beginning to discover now is something beyond the novel and beyond the arbitrary confines of the story I m making myself seek to find the wild form, that can grow with my wild heart because now I know MY HEART DOES GROW Jack Kerouac, in a letter to John Clellon HolmesWritten in 1951 52, Visions of Cody was an underground legend by the time it was What I m beginning to discover now is something beyond the novel and beyond the arbitrary confines of the story I m making myself seek to find the wild form, that can grow with my wild heart because now I know MY HEART DOES GROW Jack Kerouac, in a letter to John Clellon HolmesWritten in 1951 52, Visions of Cody was an underground legend by the time it was finally published in 1972 Writing in a radical, experimental form the New Journalism fifteen years early, as Dennis McNally noted in Desolate Angel , Kerouac created the ultimate account of his voyages with Neal Cassady during the late forties, which he captured in different form in On the Road Here are the members of the Beat Generatoin as they were in the years before any label had been affixed to them Here is the postwar America that Kerouac knew so well and celebrated so magnificently His ecstatic sense of superabundant reality is informed by the knowledge of mortality I m writing this book because we re all going to die My heart broke in the general despair and opened up inward to the Lord, I made a supplication in this dream The most sincere and holy writing I know of our age Allen Ginsberg

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    • Joseph Dunn says:

      What can I say? As much as I love Kerouac for all that he has meant for literature and counter culture, this book was too experimental for me to enjoy. And I love experimentation! It helps keep literature fresh, interesting, and evolving. Even so, I thought that The Visions of Cody needed more structuree there was practically none. There was no story. No narrative. No plot. No development of character. It wasn't about ANYTHING.The first section felt like a collection of unrelated creative writin [...]

    • Kevin Holmes says:

      One ofthreebooks most influencialthatIwill NeverfinishTOOgood to finishalways more in storetake it in take it out take it to take two or more it I for feel a it test saying thought things I hear it feeling things it couldn't say

    • Katy says:

      This was one of the hardest books for me to rate. Jack Kerouac was one of the most magnificent prose writers; that is something I firmly believe. I also believe that some of the best examples of his prolific, dynamic prose can be found in Visions of Cody. The reason for my three star rating is simply the long winded passages connecting those incredible sections of prose. If you want Jack Kerouac in all his glory, read this book. But he makes you work for those moments of magic and there are many [...]

    • Rand says:

      this book is a lyrical trip.if you're afraid of getting in too deep, don't bother tryingo many adjectives or clauses, but really, that's just the pointss the tea already.

    • Patrick Santana says:

      Wow. Complex, dreamlike, sometimes boring, always challenging. Only for those with a strong interest in Kerouac's scene and a familiarity with the outlines of The Great Rememberer's world. I found it compelling, as a whole, though tedious on the micro-level. One of the most honest and powerful attempts to describe and understand male friendship, in a world and at a time when such things were beyond the pale, at least for American men. Kerouac is the taking up the mantle of Walt Whitman here, and [...]

    • Andy says:

      When Jack Kerouac typed out On The Road it was on an endless scroll of paper, as if to indicate that he was writing on an endless path of paper about being "on the road". It was a wild concept, but the result was a somewhat structured work about wanderlust and all its wonders. Visions of Cody fulfills the endless scroll concept, and as indicated by many reviews here the effect is somewhat taxing.But it really isn't. I don't believe Kerouac wanted Visions of Cody to be read page by page and cover [...]

    • Robert Isenberg says:

      Sixteen years after I read "On the Road," I tried "Visions of Cody," partly because I had embarked on a road-trip around the Eastern Seaboard, and partly because I wanted to give Kerouac another chance. "On the Road" had been a formative, nearly biblical experience for me, but when I read "Dharma Bums" earlier this year, I found it a little childish. I was afraid that I had completely outgrown the Beats, the way a kid no longer finds amusement in an Etch-a-Sketch.But "Visions of Cody" was a grea [...]

    • Sara says:

      This is a super weird book. Definitely don't attempt it unless you're already familiar with Kerouac, because he makes LOADS of references to things that you absolutely won't understand unless you've at least read On the Road. That said, I really enjoyed this. I read it for a class that I'm taking on Kerouac and Ginsberg. I probably wouldn't have read it otherwise, but it was good. The middle section (the transcription of an extended conversation between Kerouac and Neal Cassady) is tough to get [...]

    • Cort McMeel says:

      Of all Kerouacs great novels, ON THE ROAD, THE SUBTERRANEANS, THE DHARMA BUMSe level of quality of the prose in this one is consistently amazing. It is a dense, melancholy novel that flashes between a stark, lonely New York with forlorn ambitions and a sort of jazzy, but haunted hobo Denver many great moments throughout and the last 100 pages of the book read like an amazing prose poem. For all Denverites it is a MUST becuase its in this novel Jack really pays homage to Neal Cassady's hometown i [...]

    • Blake says:

      This wild, vertically-narrated novel has got some of Kerouac's absolute finest writing, simple, straight, and hugely compassionate. It is also host to some of his worst writing, pages upon pages of drug-addled sketches, a long transcription of a tape made while Jack and Cody was HI, and then an imitation of said tape that goes off the deep end, Kerouac jerking off his typewriter.Thing is tho, this all builds a complex and abstract (can the novel be simple and abstract? I dunno) picture of the Am [...]

    • e says:

      Either a 1* or a 5* considering that this had by turns some of the most masturbatory & misogynist (seriously, women in here are either silent or elevated to the form of mythos and grandeur of some sort) benzo'd & stoned ramblings ever written, & yet-- so much attention & intention given to the lost forgotten wild mania of America & the picayune that makes it just a really fucking big novel, of, yes, visions. However scattered & abstruse.So uhh three stars or something. Wo [...]

    • Christopher says:

      I've read a lot of Kerouac with great interest. I can't say that I've been let down by him but frequently his books recede into the same emotional landscape. They all blend together and that seems to be part of his intent. However, Visions of Cody is un-like any of his other books. One has to go to the likes of James Joyce (specifically Ulysses) and William Faulkner to find such a watershed narrative event in prose. When I read Vision's of Cody I had more respect then ever for Kerouac's writing. [...]

    • Kurt Reichenbaugh says:

      The flip-side to On the Road. It's long, it's frustrating and by turns pretentious and sublime. It's bars, diners, movie-house balconies, red-brick buildings, bums, girls, highways and Joan Rawshanks in the Fog. It's a long rambling patchwork of tapes, scribbles and notebooks written by a romantic bent on self-destruction. Why do I like Visions of Cody so much? Maybe simply because I read it at the right time in life. One of those books we all have that did it for us.Read On the Road first, then [...]

    • Jordyn Haime says:

      This one was quite the journeych more difficult than any of Kerouac's works I've read before but essential if you want to get to know Kerouac as a writer.

    • Jake says:

      This was a strange one. At times the writing was inspired and fantastic, and then it could be so tedious. Same themes and cast of characters as in On the Road, but uneven. Highly recommended to Kerouac fans for the sections of great writing (which even made me LOL literally a couple of times) and for historical reasons. Non-fans will probably hate it.

    • Mel says:

      This book is the definition of "bromance". It is quite funny that in the introduction Ginsberg says that Jack and Neil would probably both have benefited from a more "physical" relationship. But this book is such a labour of love. All the things that Jack loves best about America summed up in Neil Cassady. When reading it in places I got the feeling that "Cody" was Coyote of American myth, particularly in a more modern urban setting. Kerouac's prose was astounding in this, sentances going on and [...]

    • Thad says:

      "No possible way of avoiding enigmas. Like people in cafeterias smile when they're arriving and sitting down at the table but when they're leaving, when in unison their chairs scrape back they pick up their coats and things with glum faces (all of them the same degree of semi-glumness which is a special glumness that is disappointed that the promise of the first arriving smiling moment didn't come out or if it did it died after a short life)--and during that short life which has the same blind u [...]

    • GK Stritch says:

      "It was dawn; he lay on the hard reformatory bed and decided to start reading books in the library so he would never be a bum, no matter what he worked at to make a living, which was the decision of a great idealist."Visions of Cody is a lengthy character study of Dean Moriarty, so On the Road is a prerequisite. It would be helpful to know The Town and the City for references to Lowell and Jack's young life, or read a bio on Jack for the times and places--bittersweet nostalgia for an America lon [...]

    • Steven says:

      This is not the book for a new-comer to Kerouac; it can be tough going. I confess that I nearly stopped reading it about halfway through, and I've been on a steady diet of Kerouac since last March. I'm glad I stayed with it.The book can be considered a companion to On the Road because Visions of Cody explores the Dean Moriarty (called Cody Pomeray in Visions) character and the friendship he and Kerouac (Jack Duluoz) shared. That friendship was at its strongest in the years covered by On the Road [...]

    • Cortney says:

      I can't do it. I tried and failed. This is really not my taste, although I would have loved it 12-ish years ago when I went through my let's-read-everything-Beat phase, whether I liked what I was reading or not. I don't think I can even rate this star-wise, because I read one page at a time, occasionally. It was painful, because nothing about this book or mentality speaks to me. At all. Like the wind whistling between my ears And then, I got to the part around page 30 where he writes some sort o [...]

    • Josh says:

      A mad sprawling beat prose poem. Kerouac says 'Visions of Cody' is a "vertical, metaphysical study of Cody's character and its relationship to the general America."The story seems to cover (however briefly) nearly the entire Beat Generation history, while the last 100 pages or so is more a retelling of On the Roadbut you'd have to be familiar with 'On the Road' to recognise it.I wanted to give this 5/5, however, I didn't appreciate having to wade through part 1 (about 60 pages) to arrive at the [...]

    • Runa says:

      I found this painful and exhausting. It took about 3 weeks of more or less daily reading. Sometimes it took a considerable intellectual effort to understand what Kerouac was trying to do (for instance, what is "her soft infinescences or infinessences, or infinescences" supposed to mean?), sometimes it took some sort of strange emotional effort to take in his fervent endless phrases about MAD WILD ANGELS THE MUSIC THE BEAT DO YOU DIG THIS MAN and other such things (which, to be fair, aren't ALWAY [...]

    • John says:

      this book ought to come with some warnings attached. especially this:1)DO NOT READ THIS AS AN INTRODUCTION TO KEROUAC. this book is much more accessible (that is, enjoyable) if you're versed in kerouac prior to reading itis is a full-on rollercoaster ride. not a novel, not short stories, not a memoir, not a biography; sometimes brilliant and alive, sometimes mundane and redundant; dark, bright; urban, rural; sane, dog off the chainin are the full back-stories of many of my favorite kerouac stori [...]

    • Darinda says:

      Read: In Visions of Cody, Visions of Gerard, Big Sur - hardcover from libraryI'm not a big fan of the Beat authors. I appreciate their role in American literature, but I'm usually left wondering what was so great about it. At least, that's how I felt about this book.Kerouac rambled on too much for me. Really long sentences that I thought would never end. Aimless storytelling. This book was really all over the place. I get that it was experimental, but I can't imagine anyone truly enjoying this b [...]

    • Chinook says:

      I may only have enjoyed 30 pages of this. Most of it is drugged out stupidity. Cody and Jack both struck me as complete assholes. The only good things I take away from this book are the memories of where I was when I read it. The first half I read curled up in bed beside Sean. The second half I read on the boat trip around Komodo National park.

    • Josh says:

      Packed with ethereal, loose, stream of consciousness prose, Visions of Cody covers the same time period as On The Road, but does it in a radically different manner. Incredibly rewarding read, however Kerouac's misogyny is a bit troublesome at points.

    • Mark says:

      This might be the last novel I ever read. It's an epic, and a beat novel, and will try you over and over until it ends but if you stick with it, you will be slightly rewarded if anything, and indeed, it could have gone on for at least five hundred pages or even five hundred more, but it suddenly just ends short of five hundred pages (at some four hundred and sixty four pages). It's a sequel to Kerouac's most popular work, OtR, but done in a more abstract manner rather than a narrative. It works [...]

    • Sean McBride says:

      This is a very thick book, with many inanities spread out through it. There are large swathes of text of weed induced conversation, which seemingly lead nowhere. There are large portions where you weave through Kerouac's fevered brain, in stream of conscious, where pages and pages flow by without any form of punctuation. There were many points where I was frustrated because I was so bored with the book (in fact in his "Visions of the Great Rememberer" essay, Ginsberg even says there are large po [...]

    • J.C. says:

      The book can sometimes be frustrating, it can make you feel lost or shocked (sometimes due to outdated values, but other times I think it's intentional for flash, shock value), but overall the book is very impressive and very Kerouac. The section that is transcribed was fascinating, though i think the conversation ended up not quite what Kerouac had in mind or on the ball as he hoped it would (Ginsberg said the same thing in his words at the end of the book), but its still impressive how well he [...]

    • Robin Friedman says:

      Jack Kerouac (1922 -- 1969) wrote his long, sprawling book "Visions of Cody" in 1951-52, but the book was not published in full until 1972 The book shows great nostalgia for a lost America of the 1930s and 1940s. The work is a meditation of Kerouac's friend Neal Cassady (1926 -- 1968), who is called Cody Pomeray in this book. Kerouac portrayed Cassady under the name Dean Moriarty in "On the Road". The book is about Kerouac himself as much as it is about Cody and about America.The book includes m [...]

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