Lu Anne Henderson was a beautiful 15-year-old girl in Denver in 1945 when she met Neal Cassady, a fast-talking hurricane of male sexuality and vast promises. The two married, and soon they were hanging out with a group of young would-be writers, including Jack Kerouac and Allen Ginsberg. But Neal and Jack initially didn’t like each other very much. Lu Anne ended up loving them both, and she taught them how to love each other - in effect, making the Beat Generation possible, as well as giving Kerouac material for one of the seminal novels of the 20th century, On the Road. One and Only traces the immense struggles of Lu Anne’s own life, which ranged from the split-up of her family during the Great Depression, to the ravages of abusive men and the grief of losing the two most important men in her life; and shows how her life intertwined with Jack’s and Neal’s to the very end.
©2011 Original material Gerald Nicosia. Published by arrangement with Viva Editions. (P)2011 HighBridge Company
“A real find for Beat aficionados, adding verve to a cherished moment in American history and the novel that came to define it.” (Kirkus Reviews)
I did not care for this story. I could not finish reading On the Road, I found it pretentious, self-obsessed and boring. Hearing it told from the female participant's point-of-view did not endear it to me more, at all.
I have not heard either of these narrators before.
I will go to see the soon-to- be released movie based on this and On the Road because I want to see how they transfer this story to the screen. I'm also anxious to see Kristen Stewart's performance as LuAnn (MaryLu), and also Garrett Hegland and Tom Sturridge's performances as their characters. I hope the movie is better than the book.
I am disappointed. I started this book wanting to like the story, to understand the story and the characters more...it was not to be.
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