Books: Grooking in Lowell

DOCTOR SAX (245 pp.)—Jack Kerouac —Grove Press (clothbound, $3.50; paperback, $1.75).

The decade's most celebrated banger of mystical ashcans has written a fictional account of his childhood, and surprisingly, while the lad he describes is no Penrod, neither is he Little Boy Beat. Jack Duluoz, the author's alter-Kerouac, is exuberantly profane and comfortably delinquent—a kind of city-bound Tom Sawyer who at one point seems ready to go rafting down New England's flood-swollen Merrimack River on a henhouse roof.

But like Sawyer, young Duluoz is a fair-weather rebel, and he generally rambles home in...

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