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  • Paperback
  • 222 pages
  • The First Third
  • Neal Cassady
  • English
  • 04 September 2016
  • 9780872860056

10 thoughts on “The First Third

  1. Paquita Maria Sanchez Paquita Maria Sanchez says:

    What do you get when you take a largely obscure friend of the Beats a trainhoppin' dumpster divin' memoir writin' seemingly spaceyflightyants 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 ONLY THE YEARS BETWEEN 5 AND 10 maybe even 9I am writing this review without the book in front of me Just as you are thinking that you may be getting somewhere by progressing into the adolescent years boy those are always a wingdinger aren't they? the narrator stops mid sentence leaving with nothing but three little points of suspension to comfort you Boo I sayThe real gems of the book were the short pieces about Cassidy's years schlepping around the country looking for some tail or a ride share from Tallahassee to LA or wherever preferably a ride share involving some tail He has a brute voice and simplistically vulgar approach to the world that immediately draws me to people knowing that they won't be offended by my own Pandora's box of a mouth For that and the simple fact that his life was just so f ing interesting he gets bumped from 2 to 3 starsThere are also some very amusing letters from Cassidy to Jack Kerouac where he is essentially BEGGING Kerouac to find him a woman or several? same time maybe? to sleep with Shit I suppose if one of my best friends was the top of the pops in the literary world I might appeal to him for a favor or two as well Mine would probably center on paying the bar tab but to each his own right?But I'm being harsh here Cassidy's writing style is joyously mad hatterly yet infinitely accessible and the story of his life is than fascinating I mean GOD He was standing in charity meal lines all by himself at age 5 and his father started him train hopping at age 6 Now THAT is what I call street cred Just don't expect the full shebang of his story or any sense of closure concerning his life This book is tailored I think to scholars of the Beat Generation to dissect and over analyze Or for people who are just totally obsessed with Jack Kerouac

  2. Jay Jay 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 irrepressible energy and motion We learn about Cassady's childhood in the environs of Laramie Street in a still wild Denver his relationships with the beat personalities principally Jack Kerouac The book is limited in the years covered the first third is the first third of Neal Cassady's life which leaves you with positive sense of this man's contributions to a literary and cultural event that ultimately passed on as much from the excesses of its participants as from any lack of interest from the public Europeans had their existentialsts; we had our beats Not to be confused with the Go Go's big hit If you have any interest in the beat movement this is a good back story to know The sad part is the knowledge that Cassady burned out after a stint with the Merry Pranksters and died alone and otherwise unremarked

  3. GK Stritch GK Stritch 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 well known Beat history Beyond Neal being a counter culture hero or anti hero beyond the protagonist of novels Neal—father husband son brother—a flawed and damaged human with a family children a man who went out in the world with little than a high I and a lot of charm and fast talk and exceptional driving skills and somehow earned a living and in his own imperfect way did what he could for as long as he could Five stars for the document in Neal’s own words that conveys some of his many shortcomings and earthly suffering

  4. Christine Christine 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 will ever get of Cassady's bleak life seedy SRO hotels boxcars broken homes and depression era depressing stuff Also there is a lot of bonus material which is interesting Letters written by Neal speaking with his natural voice are really entertaining and far better than this attempt at prose There are some notes by Carolyn Cassady and other stories as well so if you are a fan it is a must have for your shelf

  5. Dennis Wade Dennis Wade says:

    favorite book ever the language is one flowing poem 35 word sentences and a drawing of a seven year old vagina drawn by a seven year old boy plus soul touching lines like So love goes so life goes so I go Carry on my brother NC

  6. Ned Ned 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

  7. Pat Murphy Pat Murphy says:

    When I was around eighth grade or freshman in high school I read a book by Thomas Wolfe called The Electric Kool aid Acid Test I won't explain that book which I enjoyed immensely but one little paragraph made me a fan of Neal Cassady and Jack Kerouac in that book It described Neal Cassady the first time Tom Wolfe ever met him It's funny that I didn't ever start reading Kerouac until I was in my thirties or forties and the only thing I know of by Cassady is this and I never read it until now I am now 64 years old But anyway that is why I chose this book to read Cassady was a harmless rogue He grew up on skid row in Denver with his alcoholic father The writing in this book is his and describes that time extensively There is a small chapter written by Carolyn Cassady his widow and the rest of it is letters from him to various friends I really liked reading the stuff but Cassady is not what I would call a great writer He rambles and has sentences that go for a whole page sometimes which I found frustrating I like him because of the character he was A devil may care pill popping rapping talking commentary constantly expert driving living being among the great beatnicks and hippies of the world That is why I enjoy reading about him and why I liked this book the way I did I think it's too bad he dissipated himself so because he and Kerouac never lived past their forties I was so disappointed when I learned and realized that But hey Only the good die young right?

  8. Arthur Cravan Arthur Cravan 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 upset once it got on to such tales as his meeting of Ginsberg later sexual exploits insane drug fuelled cross country romp with Kesey's people the book ends with Cassady amazingly self aware of wonderful about his storied alter ego MoriartyThough unmistakably coloured by latter day Neal brain his childhood tellings are just exciting than most things I've ever read His writing is certainly not that of Kerouac or any other serious writer but his specific brand of innocence or sincerity neither of which are good terms to use given Neal's exploitive though even this word easily contradicted in his vast man duality nature is enough to drive the whole narrative I have never read Proust but blasting through each page I couldn't help but think of him in Cassady's almost noble attempts to sound writerly precise with his reminisces I chuckled as in Carolyn's afterword she explains how influenced by Proust he was during his writing of the majority of the book proper Speaking of his influences something I for some reason found surprising was Cassady's love of reading even since a child He becomes absolutely infatuated with the Count of Monte Cristo while in single digits funnily I thought given all perspective later in life recommends Jack read GogolA whole lot really is surprising Or at least new The thing is with the Beats you read a Ginsberg biography learn a whole lot about Burroughs Jack read a Burroughs biography fill in some spare details here there then read a Kerouac biography you're reading a whole bunch of the same stuff in each instance intertwined as their lives were Neal's past as a criminal Don Juan are always summarized in a paragraph here he is from my own experiences always typecast right into the Moriarty mold even by those who I think should know better do him justice This book really opened my eyes to Neal He really had a lot in him I really mean a lot He certainly was an artist in his own way It is perhaps unfortunate his lifestyle was as consistently inconsistent as it was that he did not have the discipline to write But if he did too much perhaps he wouldn't be him Bah it's not really true Jack lived plenty before his success that didn't stop him writing his millions of wordsIn any case for any Beat fans this book is as important as any outside the core canon After reading a biography on your favourite of the main three this should be next That's what I think Think it too or do notHare Krishna motherfuckers

  9. Mat Mat 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 Sandison's excellent biography Neal Cassady The Fast Life of A Beat Hero for details 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 will never know Jack Kerouac believed in Cassady's potential as a writer and in fact Kerouac's whole spontaneous bop prosody style of writing comes from a famous letter Neal wrote to Jack and often referred to as the 'Joan Anderson' letter In my opinion Neal's fascinating style of writing comes across to greater effect through his letters to Jack and Ken Kesey and others and in The First Third it is clear that he is really trying hard to adopt a 'literary' and therefore FORCED style which is out of whack with his real life character Therefore while this is an intersting read and I certainly enjoyed it especially his descriptions of skid row Denver growing up in the 30s and 40s I would point any reader eager to discover about Cassady to either the excellent published collection of his letters or to the very insightful biography by David Sandison These two books will give you of an insight into the real Neal CassadyCassady certainly led a troubled life but he has undoubtedly left a huge legacy and an indelible mark on the American hip and alternative scene I prefer not to use the popular term 'counterculture' because I believe he was VERY much part of the culture in his own special way Finally I also recommend that you check out the recently released Magic Trip which features some fascinating footage of Kesey Cassady and the Merry Band of Pranksters Neal stars as 'Sir Speed Limit' and you get a bit of an idea about the crazy infectious level of energy that he exuded

  10. Mel Mel 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 it's no wonder he spent time in jail and had a rather flexible attitude towards others property It was also interesting to see how he had so few women who were important to him growing up The only way he seemed to be able to relate to them even as a young child was through sex Which was the other shocking thing Was he really having sex at 8 or was that just the continuation of the myth of Neal? If he was it was pretty horrific to think that much sex abuse was happening to the kids in Denver The casual mention of the girl abused by her Uncle and how she taught everyone else was pretty harrowing I have to say I enjoyed the style a lot It was very much like Kerouac If you read it slightly tipsy you could here it in either of their voices I didn't find it plodding at allOne thing that really struck me at the end was how in his letters to Ken Kasey he talked about visiting Jack and Bill Burroughs In the biographies they always tend to put his time with Ken in a totally different chapter and separate it out from his life with the beats But this showed how they were still all intermingled I am really glad I read this It was such an interesting insight into Neal and the subculture of the time I borrowed this from the library but will definitely be buying a copy and getting copies of the letters that have been printed as well

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The First Third❮PDF / Epub❯ ☂ The First Third Author Neal Cassady – 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 atti Immortalized as Dean Moriarty by Jack Kerouac in his epic novel On the Road Neal Cassady was infamous for his The First PDF/EPUB or 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 turnBefore he died in Mexico in 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 trueAs 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.

About the Author: Neal Cassady

Neal Leon Cassady was a major figure of the Beat Generation of the s and the psychedelic movement of the The First PDF/EPUB or s perhaps best known for being characterized as Dean Moriarty in Jack Kerouac's novel On the Road.