The Dharma Bums
"Life is great, and few can put the zest and wonder and sadness and humor of it on paper more interestingly than Kerouac." -Luther Nichols, San Francisco Examiner Two ebullient young men search for Truth the Zen way: from marathon wine drinking bouts, poetry jam sessions, and "yabyum" in San... show more
"Life is great, and few can put the zest and wonder and sadness and humor of it on paper more interestingly than Kerouac." -Luther Nichols, San Francisco Examiner
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. Published just a year after On the Road put the Beat Generation on the map, The Dharma Bums is sparked by Kerouac's expansiveness, humor, and a contagious zest for life.
"A descriptive excitement unmatched since the days of Thomas Wolfe." -The New York Review of Books
Publish date: May 27th 1971
Pages no: 244
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...