The Dharma Bums

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Penguin, 1986 - Fiction - 244 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  - jculkin - LibraryThing

Two lines in this book sum up Jack. In a vision near the end, he is told "You are empowered to remind people that they are utterly free". In the same paragraph he says to himself "Poor Jack, his day ... Read full review

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User Review  - dbsovereign - LibraryThing

A sort of sequel to _On the Road_, this one tells of his encounters with Gary Snyder (the poet) and also recounts the tale of Ginsberg's reading of "HOWL." The outdoors in his life is at conflict with his indoor delvings into the drunkeness of city life. Do we write poetry or do we just enjoy life? Read full review

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Contents

I
3
II
9
III
17
IV
24
V
27
VI
35
VII
49
VIII
52
XIX
133
XX
137
XXI
140
XXII
150
XXIII
157
XXIV
161
XXV
171
XXVI
184

IX
61
X
72
XI
79
XII
85
XIII
94
XIV
105
XV
108
XVI
113
XVII
120
XVIII
124
XXVII
189
XXVIII
192
XXIX
199
XXX
211
XXXI
216
XXXII
223
XXXIII
234
XXXIV
240
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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. Watch a Video

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