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The Dharma Bums By Jack Kerouac The Dharma Bums Two ebullient young men search for Truth the Zen way from marathon wine drinking bouts poetry jam sessions and yabyum in San Francisco s Bohemia to solitude in the high Sierras and a vigil atop Deso

  • Title: The Dharma Bums
  • Author: Jack Kerouac
  • ISBN: 9780140042528
  • Page: 323
  • Format: Paperback
  • The Dharma Bums By Jack Kerouac Two ebullient young men search for Truth the Zen way from marathon wine drinking bouts, poetry jam sessions, and yabyum in San Francisco s Bohemia to solitude in the high Sierras and a vigil atop Desolation Peak in Washington State Published just a year after On the Road put the Beat Generation on the map, The Dharma Bums is sparked by Kerouac s expansiveness, humor, aTwo ebullient young men search for Truth the Zen way from marathon wine drinking bouts, poetry jam sessions, and yabyum in San Francisco s Bohemia to solitude in the high Sierras and a vigil atop Desolation Peak in Washington State Published just a year after On the Road put the Beat Generation on the map, The Dharma Bums is sparked by Kerouac s expansiveness, humor, and a contagious zest for life.
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    1. Paul Bryant on said:

      That s a completely nostalgic four stars of course Has there been a writer whose reputation has plummeted quite so much between the 70s and now as jolly Jack and his tales of merry misogynism But like Bob Dylan saysWhile riding on a train goin westI fell asleep for to take my restI dreamed a dream that made me sadConcerning myself and the first few friends I hadWith half damp eyes I stared to the roomWhere my friends and I spent many an afternoonWhere we together weathered many a stormLaughin an [...]

    2. Leile Brittan on said:

      This was really a pleasant surprise After making my way through On the Road and a few other things by Kerouac, I had come to the conclusion that the dude is a hack, and that the other Beats were really on some way better shit I just couldn t feel that rambling ass style that he writes in, even though I acknowledge that it was a conscious decision of his to write that way I get it he writes the way he travels, making quick decisions and trying to be spontaneous and spiritual But to me it s kind o [...]

    3. Darwin8u on said:

      Yeah man, you know to me a mountain is a Buddha Think of the patience, hundreds of thousands of years just sitting there bein perfectly perfectly silent and like praying for all living creaturs in that silence and just wwaiting for us to stop all our frettin and foolin Jack Kerouac, The Dharma BumsI recently started going to a weekly Kadampa Buddhism and meditation class at a local Unitarian church with a friend of mine I m far too skeptical to jump into or out of religions easily, but I have be [...]

    4. Lynne King on said:

      Enfant terrible, a unique individual, jazz lover and a poet this book, was written when Jack Kerouac was thirty six years old He was at the forefront of the Beat Generation in California in the fifties, through to his death in 1969, at the age of forty seven.I kept on telling myself this is not my kind of book and I m not enjoying myself but who was I trying to kid Yes, it s raw in thought but spirituality flows throughout, even though the catholic faith is viewed through the eyes of Zen Buddhis [...]

    5. Jason Koivu on said:

      Kerouac can spin an enjoyable yarn, as long as you don t mind rambling along with him on directionless paths with no real goal in mind but to spin that yarn In The Dharma Bums he takes the reader from city drop outs to mountain solitude, the mind fuck excitement and shit of civilization to the glorious simplicity and utter loneliness of a retreat back to nature.Even though he cheats the reader with some quick fix adverbs in place of the proper description owed his audience, Kerouac still deserve [...]

    6. Ahmad Sharabiani on said:

      The Dharma Bums, Jack Kerouac 2016 1392 312 978943344313 20 12 1922 1957 1969

    7. Joseph on said:

      Took some time to get used Kerouac s style but once you do it is an excellent read One of my favorites, simply a joy to read and reread My favorite Kerouac Re read four years later and its still one of my favorite Kerouacs.

    8. Nate D on said:

      So I only just started this, but just look And who am I I dunno, maybe you re Goat Goat Maybe you re Mudface Who s Mudface Mudface is the mud in your goatface What would you say if someone was asked the question Does a dog have a Buddha nature and said Woof Fortunately Kerouac s Proxytagonist du jour acknowledges this as silly Zen Buddhism , but even so, the koan lobber is a character being presented as enlightened Of course, I m going to see where this is going, but if I have to wade through ma [...]

    9. Ms. Fenn on said:

      Dharma Bums is for the hiker outdoorsman, the aspiring buddhist sage, and the lover of beautifully woven syntax Ray thumbs his way across the continental U.S two, almost three times In his travels, he meets hobos, family, friends, yabyum partners, Zen Lunatics but mostly he discovers a love for the essence of nature and the power of it s awesomeness Ray overcomes some personal demons with the help and guidance of Japhy Ryder Eventually, he decides to take a post as a fire watcher on top of Desol [...]

    10. Selena on said:

      I got my copy in Chicago for a dollarMy friends frienzied onward toward the trainI had the whole thing read by Indianaand I had been forever changed.I started, for some time, to weepabout the beauty in a lonely lifestumbling back to his shade tree, Jack founda magic trap door in his mind.The nature, she beckons, relententlesslydewy sweaters on sweet, green leavestaste like tripping the child right out of meto dance mercilessly among the marching treespush, pull, shove, stop step the hell aroundl [...]

    11. tony on said:

      consistently one of my favorite reads i ve bought this book three times now and i still haven t been able to hold on to it the kerouac estate will forever be the recipient of my hard earned dough i have to say, it s one of my top ten not for its far reaching insights, kerouac s intimate style, or it s lively presentation of a man who was the embodiment, precursor, exemplification, and antecedent to all those to follow dubbed heads or less acurately hippies, but for it s depiction of a man strugg [...]

    12. Keleigh on said:

      Kerouac is innocent and rowdy and loco, unjaded and earnest, a real goodfellow I tried reading On the Road as a high schooler and was unimpressed, I was too serious and uptight I lacked experience This time around I get the Zen stuff, yo, I was put off at first by his attempts at telling what is impossible to tell, but he reveals himself, he risks ridicule to show how sincere he feels, and how arrogant too, like when Rosie dies and he thinks if only she had listened to him, if only she knew what [...]

    13. Michael Finocchiaro on said:

      Jack Kerouac, The Dharma Bums Hopping a freight out of Los Angeles at high noon one day in late September 1955 I got on a gondola and lay down with my duffel bag under my head and my knees crossed and contemplated the clouds as we rolled north to Santa Barbara Kerouac gives us the rambling masterpiece of a sentence with no punctuation and yet chock full of description and character The poverty liberty of hopping a freight , the locale firmly rooted in hippy California Los Angeles, Santa Barbara [...]

    14. Khashayar Mohammadi on said:

      Anyone who knows me knows that for the longest time, I considered the Beat poets writers my mortal enemies I used to claim that the beat generation represented everything I hated in literature, yet I refused to read full works of any prominent beat writers.I gotta admit, On the Road has got to be one of the worst novels I have ever read in my life which is a valid statement to make, considering that the prominence of the novel was never due to flawless prose or any technical aspect that is curre [...]

    15. Iz on said:

      So this is what started the backpack revolution Great Except it was less backpacking, Buddhism preaching The main character Ray comes across as a patronizing nutcase with his combination of drunken bumhood, Christianity, and Buddhism So he is a buddhist correction he thinks he is Buddha and he also thinks he is a crazy saint He believes he can perform miracles, namely cure his mother of allergies, but then decides he won t perform miracles any because that will make him vain WTF Because him avo [...]

    16. Antonomasia on said:

      The cruellest thing you can do to Kerouac is reread him at thirty eight From The Buddha of Suburbia by Hanif KureishiSpotting the problematic some people assume it s what you re meant to do with art now Paraphrase from a comment by Wastrel in a recent discussion.I chose this because, in my tsundoku reading, I d recently read 3 short books on Buddhism, and it fit right in Also, sort of like All Time Popular Reviewer Karen and the seasonal avatars Summer Time for books set in hot places Or with su [...]

    17. Brad on said:

      So many people I trust and respect love Jack Kerouac They consistently praise his work to me, recommend books that I should read and even buy me his books, hoping I ll love him like they do, but try as I might I still haven t found what they find in Kerouac s work.But I do try Every couple of years I crack out another one of his books that I ve started and never finished which is all but The Dharma Bums and Mexico City Blues , and start reading it again I rarely get very far I did get through Th [...]

    18. Judy on said:

      I first read The Dharma Bums in about 1969 It was our instructional manual on how to be a hippie The long, late night drug and alcohol fueled parties, the disdain for money and suburbia and middle class life, the simple foods and hanging out on the floor Hiking in the woods, free love, earth mothers and footloose uncommitted men As soon as my first husband and I reached San Francisco after driving and camping our way across America from Michigan, we climbed up to Mount Tamalpais and got high wit [...]

    19. Lawrence FitzGerald on said:

      Don t read Kerouac when you re too young Read him as you join that long death march called steady employment Then look back Look back to all the people you knew, those people who went here and there, those people who knew odd patches of philosophy and poetry They fucked They doped and boozed in desperate self medication Look back at yourself.Jack travels here and there He knows people with Odd Knowledge They have plumbed the breadth and depth of human existence They get laid in the era before Th [...]

    20. Andy Miller on said:

      Dharma Bums is set in the late fifties, in Jack Kerouac s life shortly after the events chronicled in On the Road It focuses on his relationship with poet Gary Snyder and his exposure to Snyder s love of the outdoors and study of Buddhism I know that some have criticized Kerouac s treatment of Buddhism, but I think those purists have missed the point, what I found compelling was the effect of Buddhism on the lives and lifestyles of the Beat poets and writers.Reading this 50 years after publicati [...]

    21. Parthiban Sekar on said:

      Then I added Blah, with a little grin, because I knew that shack and that mountain would understand what that meant, and turned and went on down the trail back to this world.

    22. Michael on said:

      I was charmed and uplifted by this reflective, poetic vision of a life of rambling in California and the Pacific Northwest, a thinly veiled fictional portrayal of Kerouac s friendship with poet Gary Snyder in the 50 s While On the Road felt like a portrait of America and the key characters often felt a bit lost and self centered, here the action is attuned to connections with nature and an exultant exploration of Buddhist outlooks Like the other book it reads like a memoir and travel book than [...]

    23. Joel Lacivita on said:

      I had read an article, a few weeks ago in the Tampa Tribune, about the Kerouac house in St Petersburg, Florida being up for sale It talked about how he had died in 1969 at the age of 47 His last drink was consumed at the Flamingo Sports Bar, later he was rushed to the hospital where he died of cirrhosis The article stated that he was overweight and not doing well at the time of his death and did not produce much, from a writing standpoint, while he lived there They mentioned the Dharma Bums had [...]

    24. Janet on said:

      Love this book When I first read it, I read it for the sex and the late night bull sessions had not had sex, was still living at home and had no idea who Japhy Ryder Gary Snyder was REad it recently now I ve had sex and a million late night bull sessions, so that wasn t the thrill it had been at 16 Now I find what I admire the most is Japhy Ryder, and especially, the liveliness of Kerouac s nature writing I ve done a lot of hiking and backpacking, and my god Kerouac s sense of nature was so ful [...]

    25. Madeleine on said:

      My introduction to Kerouac came in college, when my New York City internship offered lots of reading time via hours spent riding public transportation On the Road was my book of choice during the transitional phase when spring break in Florida drove home the sad reality that I need greenery far too much to ever live happily in in The Big Apple Such an unwelcome intrusion of honest self assessment crushed my plans of making a beeline for the city immediately after graduation, but at least I had J [...]

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