Reading the first 200 pages, which is the newly published novel and other short stories by Kerouac, is a delight. You can see what's coming in his epic career. The characters and plot of the early bits of Sea are wildly memorable for this New England native.
I read a version that had another 300 pages of "critical essays." They weren't worth the time.
(This part of my goal to read and review fifty books in 2014.)