Jack Kerouac, Visions of Cody

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Visions of Cody

is a highly experimental assault on authenticity: Kerouac throughout simultaneously tries to capture authenticity, but also attacks the very idea of authenticity. In trying to create something able to deliver “the complete Cody” to the reader (36), Duluoz (Kerouac) is doomed to fail and the book traces the failure of different attempts to help achieve this aim of delivering Cody (Cassady) completely.

Visions of Cody opens with short descriptions of the sights and smells of the post-war American urban experience. Basic bodily needs and functions are depicted, and the focus falls on food-joints, railway stations and other glimpses of the city. Evocative, hungry descriptions of food add to the general sense of poverty pervading these opening pages: Visions recurrently

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Citation: Ellis, R. J.. "Visions of Cody". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 23 April 2007 [https://www.litencyc.com/php/sworks.php?rec=true&UID=21643, accessed 03 March 2024.]

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