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Big Sur

Big Sur

by Jack Kerouac

Isolation Quotes

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Quote #1

That first night I sit there and all I know, as I look up, is the kitchen light is on, on the cliff, to the right, where somebody's just built a cabin overlooking all the horrible Sur, somebody up there's having a mild and tender supper that's all I know... (5.5)

Though he came to Big Sur to be alone, Jack is still desperately looking for human contact.

Quote #2

And in the flush of the first few days of joy I confidently tell myself (not expecting what I'll do in three weeks only) "no more dissipation, it's time for me to quietly watch the world and even enjoy it, first in woods like these, then just calmly walk and talk among people of the world, no booze, no drugs, no binges, no bouts with beatniks and drunks and junkies and everybody (6.1)

Look at everything Jack is trying to escape from by seeking refuge in Big Sur.

Quote #3

All said So-Is sight of the world, right there in front of my nose as I look, -- And looking at that valley in fact I also realize I have to make lunch and it wont be any different than the lunch of those olden men and besides it'll taste good -- Everything is the same (7.5)

The solitude Jack experiences in Big Sur is unique – even alone he feels a part of something bigger. He never forgets his own small place in the universe.

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