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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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - Robert_R._Mitchell - LibraryThing
Rereading the Dharma Bums after probably a ten-year hiatus, I am struck by how foreign the beatniks seem to us today and how that impression must have been magnified tenfold for the Leave It To Beaver ... Read full review
LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - kcshankd - LibraryThing
Re-read my favorite Kerouac, if nothing else it does my brain mash good to reimagine Jack and Gary Snyder tromping around the mountains again. The alcohol rift mentioned is always poignant, since we ... Read full review