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Beautiful Losers

CRITIQUE | THE TEXT

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First publication
1966

Literature form
Novel

Genres
Literary

Writing language
English

Author's country
Canada

Length
Approx. 178,000 words

Notable lines

First line

Catherine Tekakwitha, who are you? Are you (1656-1680)? Is that enough? Are you the Iroquois Virgin? Are you the Lily of the Shores of the Mohawk River? Can I love you in my own way?

Passages

In Montréal spring is like an autopsy. Everyone wants to see the inside of the frozen mammoth. Girls rip off their sleeves and the flesh is sweet and white, like wood under green bark. From the streets a sexual manifesto rises like an inflating tire, "The winter has not killed us again!"

How can I begin anything new with all of yesterday in me?

Please make me empty, if I'm empty then I can receive, if I can receive it means it comes from somewhere outside of me, if it comes from outside of me I'm not alone! I cannot bear this loneliness. Above all it is loneliness.

Never make a decision when you need to pee.

Last line

Welcome to you who read me today. Welcome to you who put my heart down. Welcome to you, darling and friend, who miss me forever in your trip to the end.

 

CRITIQUE | THE TEXT

See also:

Author
Jack Kerouac

Novel
On the Road

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