Book of DreamsBook - 2001
A record of the writer's actual dreams is populated by characters from his novels.
Book of Dreams is Jack Kerouac's record of his dream life, a parallel autobiography of the soul, the sleeper's On the Road:
"I got my weary bones out of bed & through eyes swollen with sleep swiftly scribbled in pencil in my little dream notebook till I had exhausted every rememberable item . . . ."
Awake of asleep, Jack's mind spun the web of relationships that were the substance of almost everything he wrote:
"In the book of dreams I just continue the same story but in the dreams I had of the real-life characters I always write about."
"Lost love, madness, castration, cats that speak, cats in danger of their lives, people giving birth to cats, grade school classrooms, Mel Torme, Zsa Zsa Gabor, Tolstoy and Genet all make repeated appearances, lending the collection a repetitive, nonprogrammatic logic and exposing an unfamiliar sort of vulnerable beauty in Kerouac's iconic persona." —Publishers Weekly
"There is much to lament in the saga of his life, and quite a bit is surprising." —Michael Kammen, Los Angeles Book Review
Jack Kerouac (1922-1969) was a principal actor in the Beat Generation, a companion of Allen Ginsberg and Neal Cassady in that great adventure. His books include On the Road, The Dharma Bums, Mexico City Blues, Lonesome Traveler, Visions of Cody, Pomes All Sizes (City Lights), Scattered Poems (City Lights), and Scripture of the Golden Eternity (City Lights).
Spontaneously written in a series of notebooks between 1952 and 1960, the Book of Dreams is Jack Kerouac's autobiography as told through dreams. Each morning, immediately upon waking, Kerouac would scribble down everything he could remember about his dreams. The first edition of the text, published by Ferlinghetti in 1961, contained a little more than half of the original manuscript. The current volume presents Kerouac's manuscript in its entirety. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)