The Town and The City is Jack Kerouac’s debut novel, published seven years before his iconic On the Road, about the adventures of the Martin family as they navigate the seismic cultural shifts following World War II.
Inspired by Kerouac’s own New England youth, the eight Martin children enjoy an idyllic upbringing in a small Massachusetts mill-town, but when was breaks out, everything is interrupted and falls apart.
After returning home, Peter, the is drawn to the kinetic energy of New York City and the progressive, bohemian ideas springing from its denizen young poets, writers, and artists. His new friends are fictionalized versions of Kerouac’s contemporaries: Allen Ginsberg (as Leon Levinsky), Lucien Carr (as Kenneth Wood), and William Burroughs (as Will Dennison), and other members of the Beat Generation.
You can’t go wrong with Kerouac, father and authentic voice of the beat generation.
The American myth of the road, the freedom and eccentricity of the young beats, the magic of the the Oriental Philosophy, this book represent Kerouac at the very best.