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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Good prose, good characters, great aesthetic. - Goodreads
At times I thought the writing was difficult to follow. - Goodreads
An intriguing introduction to the beat poets. - Goodreads
Most educational in terms of becoming one with zen. - Goodreads
Some may find this difficult to read. - Goodreads
Yeah the poetic writing is cool. - Goodreads

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Inspiring and insightful book on life, thoroughly enjoyed it. 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
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X
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XI
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XII
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XIII
94
XIV
105
XV
108
XVI
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XVII
120
XVIII
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XXVII
189
XXVIII
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XXIX
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XXX
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XXXI
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XXXII
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XXXIII
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XXXIV
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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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