The Dharma Bums (Google eBook)

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Penguin, May 27, 1971 - Fiction - 256 pages
933 Reviews
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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An intriguing introduction to the beat poets. - Goodreads
At times I thought the writing was difficult to follow. - Goodreads
Most educational in terms of becoming one with zen. - Goodreads
Very interesting and well written prose. - Goodreads
I really don't care for Kerouac's style of writing. - Goodreads
Beautiful book and loved the ending. - Goodreads

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

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About the author (1971)

Jack Kerouac was born in 1922 in Lowell, Massachusetts. The best-known of his many works, On the Road, published in 1957, was an international bestseller. He died in St. Petersburg, Florida, at the age of forty-seven.

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