The Dharma Bums

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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  - 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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User 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

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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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