VI­SIONS OF GER­ARD

by Jack Ker­ouac, Penguin/Ran­dom House.

Australian Women’s Weekly NZ - - BOOKS -

This claims my “Most Mean­ing­ful Spend­ing of 20 Cents” award. I bought it from an op shop in Lyt­tel­ton in the sum­mer of 2014 and read it over a cou­ple of days, cried some pubescent tears, then read it again. It fo­cuses on the trag­i­cally short life of Ker­ouac’s older brother Ger­ard, who died at the age of nine. The younger Jack views him as a true saint, and re­lays to us the ten­derly naive per­spec­tive of a boy who holds no blame for the world that gave him such a short time to ex­plore. It’s a quick read (now avail­able in a tril­ogy of the au­thor’s work), and it won’t leave you an­gry with the world.

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