LOVED IT!! classic typical testosterone boys stuff no matter what the time period.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.