"It is sentimental, naive, pretentious and full of shocking lack of understanding of the world it describes. Since this is presumably the world of the author's own life, this is a pretty serious indictment. And yet it is not a bad book. Many people can accept Kerouac as a social problem who cannot see him as an artist. There is no question but when he does speak out of the Beat Generation, he is their authentic voice."Kerouac, Jack is the author of 'Subterraneans', published 1994 under ISBN 9780802131867 and ISBN 0802131867.