The Sea Is My Brother: The Lost Novel is an early story by Kerouac; written seven years before “Town and The City“. I wasn’t expecting much but it’s not a bad story of Kerouac’s adventures as a merchant seaman during World War II. But it’s not a memoir. Using the characters of Wesley Martin and Bill Everhart, Kerouac explores his own divided nature. The writing is more conventional than in “On the Road” but it is still fluid. The story bogs down in places, as he debates Communism and the Spanish Civil War. It is interesting to see a young Kerouac find his voice showing the brotherhood of sea going men.