The Voice is All: The Lonely Victory of Jack Kerouac by Joyce Johnson is an illuminating biography of Jack Kerouac, the author of On the Road. Gleaned from a vast collection of papers coupled with an intimate relationship with Kerouac, the author has done a wonderful job of delving into what made Kerouac tick.
Kerouac and his friends, known as the beat generation, were artistic people who lived “on the edge”. Their stories are griping and intense. The book is over 400 pages, but I found it well-written and fascinating even though the author chose to cover Kerouac’s life until 1951 only. Thankfully, I gained a new list of books I’d like to read from cited works within the text, and as a writer, was inspired. I am certain Kerouac devotees will discover a great deal more about him by reading this fine biography.