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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.
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.
I really had fun reading this. I enjoyed it more than On the Road, though it had less pressure.Published 1 month ago by Pete
No flowery symbolism left for the reader to interpret, no condescending generalizations thrown around, and nothing but pure spirit and energy in this trip through landscapes and... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Patrick Wodhams
Although it took way longer than the estimated ship date to arrive, the book was in great shape.Published on Sept. 23 2009 by L. Williams
Kerouac and Snyder were way ahead of their time, and this book details some of the reasons why. Zen Buddhism is old hat these days, but that these guys were wandering around... Read morePublished on Aug. 26 2008 by Kieran Fox
Like ON THE ROAD, this book is a bit of a time capsule. More "Zen-like" than ON THE ROAD, Kerouac's Ray Smith (the narrator of DHARMA BUMS) is a dead ringer for Mr. K. Read morePublished on Oct. 6 2006 by Manny F.
Most likely the best Kerouac book other than On The Road, Kerouac is at his best, eloquant yet unafraid of using colloquialisms to establish a believable atmosphere. Read morePublished on May 10 2006 by Ghoulish
I've heard it said that this is Kerouac's greatest novel. I still say that honor is held by On the Road, but this book is just as good. And it is his most spiritual novel. Read morePublished on March 16 2004 by email@example.com
dharma bums by far kerouac's best work. a wonderful display of his spontaneous prose style and immense compassion for others.Published on March 9 2004 by bashopoem