The Sea Is My Brother


Written in late 1942, the novel was inspired by Jack Kerouac’s experiences of life at sea, after working the summer as a merchant marine. This volume also includes fragments of early stories and letters and commentary illuminating his development as a writer.

ISBN: 9780141193342 Author: Kerouac, Jack Publisher: Penguin Classics Publication Date: 29th November 2012 Imprint: Penguin Classics Cover: Paperback Dewey: 818.5409 (edition:23) Pages: 423 Language: English Readership: General - Trade / Code: K Category: Subject:

‘His first novel is a revelation … the writing is vivid, serious and extraordinary … wonderful’ The Times

The Sea is My Brother is Jack Kerouac’s very first novel, begun shortly after his tour as a merchant sailor in 1942. Lost during his lifetime, it is an intense portrait of friendship and brotherhood and a meditation on the desire to escape society, following the fortunes of two men as they impulsively decide to work their passage on the S.S. Westminster: drinking, arguing, playing cards, dodging torpedoes and contemplating the vast, terrible beauty of the sea. Published with fragments of early stories and letters, this visceral work gives a unique insight into the young Kerouac and the formation of his genius.

‘What’s clear from this newly published first novel is that Kerouac was positively fizzing with talent at an early age’ Sunday Times

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