The Dharma Bums (Google eBook)

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Penguin, May 27, 1971 - Fiction - 256 pages
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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, who was a close friend and whose interest in Buddhism influenced Kerouac.
  

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User 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

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User 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

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Contents

Section 1
9
Section 2
17
Section 3
27
Section 4
35
Section 5
61
Section 6
72
Section 7
79
Section 8
85
Section 13
137
Section 14
140
Section 15
150
Section 16
161
Section 17
184
Section 18
189
Section 19
211
Section 20
216

Section 9
94
Section 10
105
Section 11
113
Section 12
124
Section 21
223
Section 22
240
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About the author (1971)

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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