Title: Lonesome Traveler
Author: Jack Kerouac
Page Count/Review Word Count: 157
Lonesome Traveler is a fascinating collection of short stories from the typewriter of beat visionary Jack Kerouac, who’s well-known for his spontaneous prose and his unique writing style. Lonesome Traveler contains more of the same, only this time it’s drawn mostly from his notebooks and diaries.
In fact, this is a rare example of a book in which he uses the real names of his associates, rather than their pseudonyms – perhaps it’s because he focuses on his travels, and there’s little here that could incriminate them in a court of law. Nevertheless, it’s very much worth a read.
You’ll find out about his trips on ships, his strolls through New York, a visit to England and even the time he spent fire-watching on Desolation Peak in Washington State. Each book that he released just got better and better.