The Dharma Bums: 50th Anniversary Edition
A deluxe edition of Kerouac?s masterpiece on the 50th anniversary of its first publicationFirst published in 1958, a year after On the Road had put the Beat generation on the map, The Dharma Bums stands as one of Jack Kerouac?s most powerful, influential, and bestselling novels. The story focuses... show more
A deluxe edition of Kerouac?s masterpiece on the 50th anniversary of its first publicationFirst published in 1958, a year after On the Road had put the Beat generation on the map, The Dharma Bums stands as one of Jack Kerouac?s most powerful, influential, and bestselling novels. The story focuses on two untrammeled young Americans?mountaineer, poet, and Zen Buddhist Japhy Ryder and Ray Smith, a zestful, innocent writer?whose quest for Truth leads them on a heroic odyssey, from marathon parties and poetry jam sessions in San Francisco?s Bohemia to solitude and mountain climbing in the High Sierras to Ray?s sixty-day vigil by himself atop Desolation Peak in Washington State. Primary to this evocative and soulful novel is an honest, exuberant search for an affirmative way of life in the midst of the atomic age. In many ways, The Dharma Bums also presaged the environmental, back-to-the-land, and American Buddhist movements of the 1960s and beyond.
Publish date: September 18th 2008
Publisher: Viking Adult
Pages no: 187
Edition language: English
Series: Duluoz Legend
At the risk of offending the "Beat Generation", I found this book to be quite a slog.There's lots of talk of Buddhist principles, which is cool; and hitchhiking all over the place, which is also cool. There's free love, and some other naughty stuff. While that sounds like a cool mix, I just found t...
One star because the cover was awesome.
Slap a few rhyming words together vaguely associated with your intended meaning and call it philosophical poetry. That's my problem with some of the beat poets, whom I blame for the crap classic rock songwriters of the 60s and 70s passed off as lyrics: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u0iuaxvkXv4But I...
Kerouac really doesn't care about plot as much as discussing various ideas with a mediocre amount of depth. In many ways, this is the story of Japhy more than Ray, but the focus on Ray's various moments of "enlightenment" and no real character arcs for either man left me yearning for something to ha...
There's no debating that the Beatnicks had an intriguing style, and Jack Kerouac is one of their holiest of holies, but Dharma Bums still leaves me unimpressed. They were basically bums, travelling aimlessly around, mooching off of friends and strangers, etc.. There's nothing heroic or even interest...