The Dharma Bums (Google eBook)
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, who was a close friend and whose interest in Buddhism influenced Kerouac.
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Review: The Dharma Bums (Duluoz Legend)User Review - Paul Holzman - Goodreads
I enjoyed this novel much more than On the Road. I cannot be sure if the moment was more fitting to the Dharma Bums than the moment I read On the Road. Mountaineering fascinates me. The thought of ... Read full review
Review: The Dharma Bums (Duluoz Legend)User Review - Christopher Barry - Goodreads
I'm a buddha. I'm drunk. I'm hitching across America in search of truth. I'm drunk. I'm hiking some mountains. I'm drunk. I'm on a mountain. I'm drunk. I'm at a party. I'm drunk. All that said, it contains enough of what I look for in a book to warrant a four star rating. Read full review