Maggie Cassidy, Paperback
1.5 out of 5 (1 rating)


Moodily atmospheric, full of verve and energy, "Maggie Cassidy" is Kerouac's poignant tale of teenage romance in New England.

The story of Jack and Maggie, in love with the idea of being in love, looking ahead to marriage with hope and trepidation, is told with touching simplicity.

It skillfully captures both the intensity and the ordinariness of adolescent life, with its torments and complications and is a beautiful evocation of growing up in America.




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Maggie Cassidy is another very bland boy-loves-girl novel. Reading the broader range of works, it is remarkable how many of Jack Kerouac are described as a-typical for his so-called style.Maggie Cassidy is largely autobiographical. Interference by the publisher's editors resulted in renaming some of the characters and separating the work from the unity Kerouac had envisioned for the work to form with his major novels, a move resented by the author.

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