For anyone looking for something different in audio, try my narration of MAGGIE CASSIDY by Jack Kerouac. While technically a novel, it’s actually autobiographical, carving out a nostalgia-drenched look at Kerouac’s senior year in high school. The complexities of young love and boyhood friendships are fully developed, as is the setting of a hard-bitten New England manufacturing town in 1939. First time this version of Kerouac’s text has appeared since its publication in 1959, when it was quickly removed from the shelves for profanity and replaced with a sanitized version.
My audiobook narration of Maggie Cassidy (Devault-Graves, 2016) by Jack Kerouac has just gone live.
This is, some say, Kerouac’s most accessible work. A plaintive tale of young love and all its complications in a hard-bitten New England manufacturing town of 1939, it’s actually autobiographical, thinly-veiled. Kerouac had a keen memory for details, which allowed him to recreate the characters, situations, and the settings in Lowell, Massachusetts with such clarity.
This is not only the first time this novel has appeared in audiobook form, but it’s also the first time it’s appeared anywhere in its full, uncensored form. Kerouac used some profanity in spots, which publishers at the time were reluctant to include in the final version. The original text was used for the preparation of this edition and this audiobook.