The Dharma Bums
ISBN: 0451066022
EAN13: 9780451066022
Language: English
Pages: 192
Dimensions: 0.6" H x 7" L x 3.9" W
Weight: 0.25 lbs.
Format: Mass Market Paperbound
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Two ebullient young men are engaged in a passionate search for dharma, or truth. Their major adventure is the pursuit of the Zen way, which takes them climbing into the High Sierras to seek the lesson of solitude, a lesson that has a hard time surviving their forays into the pagan groves of San Francisco's Bohemia with its marathon wine-drinking bouts, poetry jam sessions, experiments in yabyum, and similar nonascetic pastimes. This autobiographical novel appeared just a year after the author's explosive On the Road put the Beat generation on the literary map and Kerouac on the bestseller lists. The same expansiveness, humor, and contagious zest for life that sparked the earlier novel ignites this one. The novel is based on Kerouac's experiences during the mid-1950s while living in California, after he'd become interested in Buddhism's spiritual mode of understanding. One of the book's main characters, Japhy Ryder, is based on the real poet Gary Snyder, who was a close friend and whose interest in Buddhism influenced Kerouac. This book is a must-read for any serious Kerouac fan.

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   Fun Read!
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   Fun Book
Kerouac's life story is told through the prism of a troubled teenager who works with a Hollywood screenwriter. I must have read this book in college, more enjoyable than any textbook by far. Not my favorite, but great nonetheless.
interesting story, not every audience member said. Very hippy,'' said Dr Pepper. If that is your thing, you'll dig. It was once recommended to me as one of the primary books to read when I entered the corporate rat race. If you're struggling with the notion of being glued to a strict work schedule and job responsibilities, read this one to open your mind to what the complete opposite side looks like.
   60’s style Hippy tales
Despite the best efforts of the writer and his supporters, it is difficult to determine how much of the claims to Buddhism are true. It's an ancient wonder how much of the poetry and meditations were spurred by wine. True Buddhists would also abstain from sex, a misconception that has led to widespread skepticism. It's a great read, but difficult to fathom the truth behind the story.
   Great book for Zen Buddhists
Kerouac is one of my all-time favorite writers. This book is very well-suited to people who have studied and practiced Buddhism.
   Not my favorite Kerouac, but well worth the read. Highly recommend!
While it wasn't my favorite work of his by far, it shows maturity, spiritual depths, and reflective, peaceful thought that I wasn't expecting from Kerouac. This novel shows his growth as a writer, and it makes one want to reflect upon nature and look into themselves, he said.
   Best Jack Kerouac Book
Kerouac's book "The Dharma Bums" stands in a class by itself. The Dharma Bums are back with more Dharma Bums.
   Excellent use of paper
Quality bookbinding and binding, Mr. D'Antonio said. I still haven't read it. Ordered it a decade ago. That wasn't the fault of the book, Taylor said. It's a real quality copy, Simon says. Yes, I have not checked every word of every book, but I admit to not checking every word of a known good copy. If you look at the tape, you see that there are some words that are missing.
   A peaceful and uplifting read
A great book, said Dr. Michael Davis, who co-chaired the inquiry. He has a very good reputation for writing great stories and memorable characters. Kerouac was a soft touch, Byrne said. I'll probably read it again. Inspiring moments that make me want to be out in nature, with family and friends, away from the hustle of daily reality, not thinking about money or stressing about the future, he said. Enjoy the now and most important, get out, enjoy nature and remember what's most important in your life, HappyFeet says. Material possessions are meaningless while friendship, love and knowledge are truly priceless. Home Forums General Discussion What do you think of the new taxes?
   An enchanting, meditative novel
This is a wonderful tale of Jack's adventures across the country and in California specifically. His stream-of-consciousness prose makes this a quick and witty read, too. After reading this book you'll want to try your own meditation techniques.