The Dharma Bums: (Penguin Classics Deluxe Edition)

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Penguin, May 27, 1971 - Fiction - 224 pages
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Jack Kerouac’s classic novel about friendship, the search for meaning, and the allure of nature

First published in 1958, a year after On the Road put the Beat Generation on the map, The Dharma Bums stands as one of Jack Kerouac's most powerful and influential novels. The story focuses on two ebullient young Americans--mountaineer, poet, and Zen Buddhist Japhy Ryder, and Ray Smith, a zestful, innocent writer--whose quest for Truth leads them on a heroic odyssey, from marathon parties and poetry jam sessions in San Francisco's Bohemia to solitude and mountain climbing in the High Sierras.

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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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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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