One of my favorite books of all time. I read as a youth many times and love the love-fevered frenzy Kerouac 's Leo has for the lovely Mardou Fox. If ever a characters name completely fit their essence, it would be Mardo Fox. It's a short book, and at the end I cry. I always cry. There's a part about the light, and the window.
"There was no light in her window, just as I knew it would happen someday."'
Those who read it understand the simple illustration that means so much by the end. It's not hard to believe that Kerouac sat down and wrote this novel in one sitting-- that took 3 days. We've all had a lost love, and that's what makes this book more enjoyable than On the Road, for me. It could be perhaps his best work. He's so open and honest. It's like reading his diary. Many things in the book are like secrets between a man and his soul. To write and share it with the word is a courageous thing. If you like beat lit, read this. If you like reading about a man and woman--simple, timeless love-- read it! Men can relate-- doing something foolish and losing the girl you love. Women can relate too, on that same premise or being on the receiving end.