Books: Kerouac's Small Saint

VISIONS OF GERARD by Jack Kerouac. 151 pages. Farrar, Straus. $3.95.

It is hard these days to evoke childhood's lost garden of innocence when current fiction insists that there is no such thing and that the very young are very wicked, with tendencies to parricide and cannibalism. Thus it is both a pleasant and surprising experience to read Jack Kerouac's Visions of Gerard, which asserts the faith that a child has a better chance of being good than someone older who is already visited by corruption. Perhaps only someone known as a high-bellowing beatnik prose man, and thus a bit of a...

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