Required Reading: Jack Kerouac's Big Sur
It's not exactly a happy story... but it's a good one.
Jack Kerouac's Big Sur tells the semi-autobiographical story of a famous author who seeks to get some clarity by venturing to a canyon on his own in Bixby Canyon. He deals with the struggles of being so isolated in the wild Big Sur and the contrast he feels to the city and the social scene that lies there.
While Kerouac never waxes poetic about the beauty of the landscape, he does capture the sublime quality that seems to be ever present; the danger and the isolation that teeters along the ragged coast.
There's no other book that depicts the Beat Generation's relationship with Big Sur better. This is required reading before any trip to Big Sur, or just for a good daydream trip via books.
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