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The Subterraneans Summary
Jack Kerouac

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"The Subterraneans" by Jack Kerouac is the story of a group of friends and acquaintances who form a social network that they dubbed 'the subterraneans'. Most in the group are men, and seemingly men who are past their youth. Many in the group are writers and artists or at least wannabes. The main character is Leo Percepied who narrates this stream-of-consciousness work.

Leo just recently arrived in San Francisco. He just ended his position as a messman on a sea-faring ship because of an altercation he had with a fellow ship-mate. But Leo's real profession, or at least the career of his hopes and dreams, is writing. But that pursuit has apparently stalled and is generally mentioned as a future goal. There are reference about getting a typewriter and earning money in the future from writing gigs. This story was written in 1958 before computers were in general use...

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