Even hardcore fans of this legendary author might be in two minds about how much they
like this novel of his.
Jack is best-known for his travel-trained adventures back and forth across the
USA (in On The Road, Big Sur and The Dharma Bums for example), and further
afield - as in his intoxicating Lonesome Traveller collection of short travellers' tales.
The delightfully eccentric Dr. Sax is nothing like any of
those aforementioned masterpieces, and instead this focuses on his life growing
up in small-town Lowell, Massachusetts.
There isn't really a purposeful narrative of any sort and some readers attempting
to read this challenging book might give in easily as a result, as Kerouac's
writing just doesn't seem to be going anywhere.
Still, it is an interesting novel-of-sorts.
There might not be much of a story to follow, but Kerouac's extraordinarily unique
way with words ensures that there's rarely a dull moment.
He often takes to making his own words up, so some entire paragraphs read like
unadulterated gibberish - which can prove relatively amusing.
Quite how he could write a novel as bizarre and as downright frustrating as this,
and then write something of On The Road's life-changing calibre is beyond me,
but it just shows that there really were many sides to Jack's talents.
Sure, Dr. Sax is in no way even half as exciting as his more famous
works, but if you have the patience to progress through Dr. Sax you might just find
yourself totally enraptured by the sheer madness of it all.
Sure, it might not make much sense in parts, but - for sure - you will never have
read anything quite like it.
And that's what's perhaps most important: just how unique this book really is.
ISBN 9-780802-130495 (Grove Press first published in 1959)
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