Book Reviews of The Dharma Bums

The Dharma Bums
The Dharma Bums
Author: Jack Kerouac
ISBN-13: 9780451143228
ISBN-10: 0451143221
Publication Date: 10/1/1959
  • Currently 4.2/5 Stars.

4.2 stars, based on 3 ratings
Publisher: Signet
Book Type: Paperback
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LOVED IT!! classic typical testosterone boys stuff no matter what the time period.
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The book that turned on the psychedelic generation...about two rebels on a wild march for experience from Frisco's swinging bars to the top of the snow-capped Sierras.
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The Dharma Bums is good to read, and in it I found the start of many of the things that flowered in the '60's.

Trail Mix, backpacks, freedom in the wilderness, as well as a new freedom in the Cities.

It is even better to listen to because of the rhythm of the words.
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Read for class and liked it more than I liked the few pages I read of On The Road, but still..the whole beat thing is a bit too pretentious.
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I am not that versed in Kerouac's work, and this was my first attempt at reading one of his books. Actually no, I tried reading On the Road, but never finished. I'm not a fan, but that's just because I can't stand the way he portrays women. For the other Kerouac fans out there, I'm sure you'll enjoy this book. It just wasn't for me.
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From back cover: 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.
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Fantastic. Chronicles Kerouac's (in this book called 'Ray Smith') pursuit of Buddhist enlightenment with friend and fellow poet Gary Snyder (Japhy Ryder). I have to say I liked this book just as much if not more than 'On the Road'. Dharma Bums is a bit more organized and details Kerouac's passion in pursuit of the Buddhist lifestyle.