The Dharma Bums

Paperback | May 27, 1971

byJack Kerouac

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Jack Kerouac’s classic novel about friendship, the search for meaning, and the allure of nature

First published in 1958, a year after On the Road put the Beat Generation on the map, The Dharma Bums stands as one of Jack Kerouac's most powerful and influential novels. The story focuses on two ebullient young Americans--mountaineer, poet, and Zen Buddhist Japhy Ryder, and Ray Smith, a zestful, innocent writer--whose quest for Truth leads them on a heroic odyssey, from marathon parties and poetry jam sessions in San Francisco's Bohemia to solitude and mountain climbing in the High Sierras.

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Jack Kerouac’s classic novel about friendship, the search for meaning, and the allure of natureFirst published in 1958, a year after On the Road put the Beat Generation on the map, The Dharma Bums stands as one of Jack Kerouac's most powerful and influential novels. The story focuses on two ebullient young Americans--mountaineer, poet,...

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One of the best and most popular of Kerouac’s autobiographical novels, The Dharma Bums is based on experiences the writer had 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,...

Jack Kerouac(1922-1969), the central figure of the Beat Generation, was born in Lowell, Massachusetts, in 1922 and died in St. Petersburg, Florida, in 1969. Among his many novels are On the Road, The Dharma Bums, Big Sur, and Visions of Cody.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:256 pages, 7.7 × 5 × 0.4 inPublished:May 27, 1971Publisher:Penguin Publishing GroupLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0140042520

ISBN - 13:9780140042528

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Mountain climbing, jazz, Buddhism, and booze Set a few years after On The Road. Jack's friendship with Neal Cassady has cooled down and he finds himself following a new wild spirit by the name of Japhy Ryder. Really great writing. In particular, Kerouac perfectly captures the feeling of hiking, climbing and camping. Highly recommended.
Date published: 2014-11-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from My Favorite Book This is my favorite book, and I highly recommend it to everyone. It changed my life by introducing me to Eastern religions. This book is funny, happy, sad, all at the same time. Read it!
Date published: 2005-05-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from You'll want to be a Dharma Bum This is a fun story in the life of Jack. No pressure, mountain climbing, crazy parties and Buddhism. A great story for the Kerouac fan or anyone! It will make you want to go meditate and climb a mountain! Enjoy. Read "Desolation Angels" for the follow up story!
Date published: 2000-03-11

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"In [On the Road] Kerouac's heroes were sensation seekers; now they are seekers after truth . . . the novel often attains a beautiful dignity, and builds towards a moving climax."--The Chicago Tribune"In his often brilliant descriptions of nature one is aware of exhilarating power and originality . . . the entire cast of characters is presented with that not unrefreshing blend of naivete and sophistication that seems to be this author's forte."--The New York Times Book Review "Full of sparkling descritions of landscape and weather, light falling through trees, the smell of snow, the motion of animals . . . Jack Kerouac is a writer who cannot be charged with dullness."--The Atlantic