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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. This book is a must-read for any serious Kerouac fan. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
Autobiographical novel by Jack Kerouac, published in 1958. The story's narrator, Raymond Smith, is based on Kerouac himself, and the poet-woodsman-Buddhist, Japhy Ryder, is a thinly disguised portrait of the poet Gary Synder. The book contains a number of other characters who are drawn from actual poets and writers. The plot unfolds when Smith, who is suffering spiritual conflicts amid the emptiness of middle-class American life, meets Ryder, whom he immediately recognizes as a spiritual model. The novel tells of the growth of their friendship and Smith's groping toward personal understanding. Much of the story occurs on the American West Coast. -- The Merriam-Webster Encyclopedia of Literature --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.See all Editorial Reviews
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Classic Kerouac, recommended for 15-24 year olds. Prob would have rated it higher if I were a decade or two younger (I'm 37). Read morePublished 16 days ago by b1ue_bird
If you like Jack Kerouac's writing then you'll like this book.
It's takes place after his adventure in "On the Road".
Kerouac's well-intentioned but mostly failed attempt to spark a Buddhist revolution in America remains a wonderful book about compassion and free-spiritedness that transcends all... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Winston O'Boogie
This is a really classic Kerouac novel in that you REALLY get to hear his voice throughout the entire piece. Read morePublished 1 month ago by E. Arrington
One of the most influential books that I ever read was The Dharma Bums, a 1958 novel by Beat Generation author Jack Kerouac. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Michael Drake
Interesting insight into how Buddhism and mountain hiking became fashionable and what the "Beat Generation" had to do with it and how
shallow these people could be... Read more
I was able to complete it, but will sample any J. Kerouac books better before purchasing another. Interesting in areas, but with me not being a kum ba yah sort of guy, I found... Read morePublished 2 months ago by David R. Cebe
1 Star. Childish, inconsistent, forced, and phony, I could barely get to page 50 before I gave up. Guess I won't be conquering any mountains. Really bad.Published 3 months ago by Theresa E. Bishof