- File Size: 854 KB
- Print Length: 231 pages
- Publisher: Penguin Books; Reissue edition (May 27, 1971)
- Publication Date: May 27, 1971
- Sold by: Penguin Group (USA) LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B000W4RFHK
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Not Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #52,466 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Kerouac devotes Dharma Bums to Snyder in the same way he did On the Road to Neal Cassady. It was one of Kerouac's more happy times, as he was heavy into Buddhism, and sought out Snyder as a soulmate and mentor. Kerouac sets the stage wonderfully, coming across a hobo reading from St. Theresa on a train bound for LA, coming back from Mexico. He then hops the "Zipper" up to San Francisco, which whirled along at 80 miles an hour on the California coastline. Kerouac hangs out at Ginsberg's cabin in the Berkley hills, but it is Snyder's spartan cabin that draws his attention. Snyder had already chosen to live the life of an aesthete, giving up most of his worldly possessions, except for his famous rucksack and orange crates of books, mostly of poetry.Read more ›
Jack Kerouac wrote this story about his days as a Zen Buddhist and rucksack wanderer. His alias in the book is Raymond Smith, and he is living in Berkley with his good buddy Alvah Goldbook(Allen Ginsburg). Ray meets a Zen Lunatic named Japhy Ryder(Gary Snyder), and together they travel the mountains and pastures of Central California trying to find themselves and find the true meaning of life. Ray also journies to Desolation Peak in Washington and lives there alone for the summer, which is just another chapter to this amazing piece of literature.
Another part of this book that impressed me was the beginning, when Kerouac wrote about his experience at the San Francisco Poetry Renaissance, and spoke of Alvah Goldbook's first reading of his poem "Wail", which in reality was Allen Ginsburg's legendary first reading of "Howl", which to this day is a Beat Literature classic.
While reading this book, I was constantly marking lines and passages, because some of the descriptions and poetry Kerouac included in this novel are simply amazing. "The Dharma Bums" is one of those books I will treasure forever and read over and over again.
Ray Smith is the first person narrator of DHARMA BUMS, a look alike for Jack Kerouac. For most of the book, he slyly puts Japhy Ryder at the center of attention. Ryder is a stand-in for poet Gary Snyder who survives, who as a young man in his twenties was already a natural leader. Surrounding them are other familiar figures from the era, including Alvah Goldbook (translates to Allen Ginsberg). They all write poetry and love jazz, women, and a casual lifestyle. They seek spiritual enlightenment. They delight in trolling for clothes in the Good Will and Army and Navy stores, they savor the simplest meal over a campfire. They are the Dharma Bums, rejecting the paralyzed emptiness they ascribe to middle class life.
I really like this book. The prose is clear and concrete, even when sorting through abstract notions. It is often funny. Kerouac had extraordinary insight into individual nuances and desires, and plays them into the tension of the journey and the sorting out. He had a gift for seeing how outsiders might perceive him and his crowd and how history might come to interpret the present he was portraying.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
interesting story - not for every audience. Very 'hippy'. If that is your thing you'll dig. This book was once recommended to me as one of the primary books to read when you enter... Read morePublished 15 days ago by Devin Moretz
I love this book and compared to On the Road the sexism was less extreme and not as much throughout. I feel like the intent of the people are more pure as well. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Nikolaus Gruswitz
My only criticism is that occasionally Kerouac makes up words or used them oddly. The reader sometimes has to pause and figure out what he is trying to say. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Sacramento Fiction Reader
Great story blended with interesting life experience and some buddhism. Fun and enlightening read.Published 3 months ago by hiredgoon
Another great adventure by Kerouac. What an interesting life this cat had.Published 3 months ago by Lizabeth A. Whitson
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