The Dharma Bums
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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LibraryThing ReviewUser 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
LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - trilliams - LibraryThing
For the entirety of this book I had an image looping in my head of M. Night Shyamalan saying "What if we're all Buddhas?" I was more interested in '50s Berkeley than the Buddhist elements of this book. Is it bad if Dharma Bums made me want to get a job? Read full review