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The Dharma Bums  : Penguin Classics Deluxe Edition - Jack Kerouac

The Dharma Bums

Penguin Classics Deluxe Edition

Paperback

Published: 1st November 2006
For Ages: 18+ years old
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Published just one year after On The Road, this is the story of two men enganged in a passionate search for Dharma or truth. Their major adventure is the pursuit of the Zen Way, which takes them climbing into the High Sierras to seek the lesson of solitude.

About the Author

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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4.0

Looking back into the wild time.

By Melly the marathon reader

from Kyogle NSW

About Me Bookworm

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • An Endearing Portrait Of
  • Engaging Characters
  • Gary Snyder
  • Page Turner
  • Well Written

Cons

  • D
  • More Energy In On The Roa
  • Not the Author's Best

Best Uses

  • Older Readers
  • Reference

Comments about The Dharma Bums:

I used this book as a reference for my own memoire.
Great jacket.

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5.0

An Absolute Masterpiece

By GenerousTrods

from Adelaide, Australia

About Me Everyday Reader

Pros

  • Deserves Multiple Readings
  • Engaging Characters
  • Insightful
  • Inspirational
  • Page Turner
  • Suspenseful
  • Well Written

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Read Kerouac's Dharma

    Comments about The Dharma Bums:

    I cannot recommend this novel enough. Kerouac expresses a deep understanding of Zen in a contemporary and relevant voice. a truly interesting story which feels like the conclusion to On the Road.

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    ISBN: 9780143039600
    ISBN-10: 0143039601
    Series: Penguin Classics Deluxe Editions
    Audience: General
    For Ages: 18+ years old
    Format: Paperback
    Language: English
    Number Of Pages: 224
    Published: 1st November 2006
    Dimensions (cm): 21.0 x 14.4  x 1.9
    Weight (kg): 0.25

    Jack Kerouac

    Jack Kerouac was born in Lowell, Massachusetts, where, he said, he 'roamed fields and riverbanks by day and night, wrote little novels in my room, first novel written at age eleven, also kept extensive diaries and "newspapers" covering my own-invented horse-racing and baseball and football worlds' (as recorded in the novel Doctor Sax). He was educated by Jesuit brothers in Lowell. He said that he 'decided to become a writer at age seventeen under influence of Sebastian Sampas, local young poet, who later died on Anzio beach head; read the life of Jack London at eighteen and decided to also be a lonesome traveler; early literary influences Saroyan and Hemingway; later Wolfe (after I had broken leg in Freshman football at Columbia read Tom Wolfe and roamed his New York on crutches).'

    Kerouac wished, however, to develop his own new prose style, which he called 'spontaneous prose.' He used this technique to record the life of the American 'traveler' and the experiences of the Beat generation of the 1950s. This may clearly be seen in his most famous novel On the Road, and also in The Subterraneans and The Dharma Bums. His first more orthodox published novel was The Town and the City. Jack Kerouac, who described himself as a 'strange solitary crazy Catholic mystic,' was working on his longest novel, a surrealistic study of the last ten years of his life when he died in 1969, aged forty-seven.

    Other works by Jack Kerouac include Big Sur, Desolation Angels, Lonesome Traveler, Visions of Gerard, Tristessa, and a book of poetry called Mexico City Blues. On the Road: The Original Scroll, the full uncensored transcription of the original manuscript of On the Road, is published by Penguin Modern Classics.

    Visit Jack Kerouac's Booktopia Author Page