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First Third & Other Writings - Revised & Expanded Edition Together With A New Prologue Immortalized As Dean Moriarty By Jack Kerouac In His Epic Novel, On The Road, Neal Cassady Was Infamous For His Unstoppable Energy And His Overwhelming Charm, His Savvy Hustle And His Devil May Care Attitude A Treasured Friend And Traveling Companion Of Kerouac, Allen Ginsberg, William Burroughs, And Ken Kesey, To Name Just Some Of His Cohorts On The Beatnik Path, Cassady Lived Life To The Fullest, Ready For Inspiration At Any Turn.Before He Died In Mexico In 1968, Just Four Days Shy Of His Forty Second Birthday, Cassady Had Written The Jacket Blurb For This Book Seldom Has There Been A Story Of A Man So Balled Up No Doubt Many Readers Will Not Believe The Veracity Of The Author, But I Assure These Doubting Thomases That Every Incident, As Such, Is True As Ferlingetti Writes In His Editor S Note, Cassady Was An Early Prototype Of The Urban Cowboy Who A Hundred Years Ago Might Have Been An Outlaw On The Range Here Are His Autobiographical Writings, The Rambling American Saga Of A Truly Free Individual.


10 thoughts on “First Third & Other Writings - Revised & Expanded Edition Together With A New Prologue

  1. says:

    What do you get when you take a largely obscure friend of the Beats, a trainhoppin , dumpster divin , memoir writin , seemingly spacey flighty ants in the pantsy, dirty talkin , borderline nymphomaniac star of On the Road, and kill him in his prime Congratulations You get a collection of incomplete stories You get a tediously unedited account of Neal Cassidy s life between age 5 and 10 AND I MEAN O...


  2. says:

    If I were going to create a list of must read American memoirs, The First Third would be on the list Cassady was and remains one of those intense, legendary figures who was regarded by his peers as larger than life, but, sadly, departed that life sooner than they, or probably he, anticipated I always thought Neal Cassady and Jimi Hendrix would have been friends This modest autobio is very restrained and measured in its style His writing is almost plodding, which I found ironic, given his irr If I were going to create a list of must read American memoirs, The First Third would be on the list Cassady was and remains on...


  3. says:

    I was about to re read The First Third, but couldn t do it again I found it too painful to think of a little boy living on skid row at the Metro with Shorty and all the Denver down and outs the barber in bed without sheets, drunk Neal wearing the cruel stepbrother s hand me downs, and too short shoes and I was always hungry then, during the Great Depression But young, energetic Neal rises above it and somehow finds the light and life and fun in this outcast world, and the rest is fairly I was about to re read The First Third, but couldn t do it again I found it too painful to think of a little boy living on skid row at the Metro with Shorty and all the Denver down and outs the barber in bed without sheets, drunk Neal wearing the cruel stepbrother s hand me downs, and too short shoes and I was alw...


  4. says:

    I learned from this that bitches ain t shit but tricks and hoes I also learned that being Neal Cassady kinda sucked mainly cause you were broke all the time and your older brother made you fight mexican kids to g...


  5. says:

    it s not a good book, but Neil is in there, you can read him slapping these words out in a craze, and to get in the head of this man is worth the trip it takes to get through the book.


  6. says:

    I honestly didn t know what to expect from this book, suffice to say my expectations weren t high But this book surprised me at first, as I got used to it, I just dug it It s rare I enjoy the formative childhood years included in any biography not caring for my own somehow always denying their vast effects on the later psyche but in this book, I really didn t want them to end , if the later aspects were not so telling of Neal the Man, I would have been upse I honestly didn t know what to expect from this book, suffice to say my expectations weren t high But this book surprised me at first, as I got used to it, I just dug it It s rare I enjoy the formative childhood years included in any biography not caring for my own somehow always denying their vast effects on the later psyche but in this book, I really didn t want them to end , if the later aspects were not so telling of Neal the Man, I would have been upset once it got on to such tales as his meeting of Ginsberg later sexual exploits insane drug fuelled cross country romp wit...


  7. says:

    The First Third, Neal Cassady s autobiography , starts off really well, especially the first 80 pages or so but as Cassady biographers have revealed through their extensive research, this can hardly be called an accurate portrait of his childhood and life which is partly due to Cassady s own notorious and well celebrated habit of self mythologizing and partly due to his father telling a young Neal many facts which later turned out to be inaccurate or in some cases totally wrong See David San The First Third, Neal Cassady s autobiography , starts off really well, especially the first 80 pages or so but as Cassady biographers have revealed through their extensive research, this can hardly be called an accurate portrait of his childhood and life which is partly due to Cassady s own notorious and well celebrated habit of self mythologizing and partly due to his father telling a young Neal many facts which later turned out to be inaccurate or in some cases totally wrong See David Sandison s excellent biography, Neal Cassady The Fast Life of A Beat Hero fordetails However, putting these arguments aside, there are some great moments throughout this book and it is almost painful to wonder just WHAT THIS BOOK MIGHT HAVE BEEN had Neal sat down and finished itbut now we wil...


  8. says:

    For a long time I didn t think any of Neal s writing had really survived so I was very pleasantly surprised to find this I kept thinking how great it was to finally be able to read something by him and try and get a glimpse of what Jack, Alan and Carolyn saw in him In a way a lot of what he was writing about was very shocking and so hard to imagine today Being a kid with an alcoholic father, living in homeless shelters and eating at soup kitchens He obviously had a really hard childhood and For a long time I didn t think any of Neal s writing had really survived so I was very pleasantly surpri...


  9. says:

    So Neal Cassady is Dean Moriarty in Jack Kerouac s On the Road and plays himself in Tom Wolfe s The Electric Kool Aid Acid Test plus he was pals with Allen Ginsberg and William S Burroughs and Ken Kesey and assorted other writers, so of course he d write a book I think his life was his artthan his writing was It s not a badly written book, but is a little scatter brained But it was interesting to get some background in...


  10. says:

    Even though I am a huge Neal Cassady fan, I am only giving this book three stars It is very slow moving, over written, over detailed, ugh I always found it ironic that Neal Cassady s mercurial, on the move personality translated as slow and methodical on the page, while Kerouac s slow and deliberate personality translated as hyper kinetic on the page Go figure Persona voice, I know I recommend this book for Beat fans It is probably the truest story we wi...


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