The Dharma Bums (Paperback)
Penguin Books, 9780140042528, 256pp.
Publication Date: May 27, 1971
Other Editions of This Title:
Audio Cassette, Abridged, Abridged (11/1/1991)
Audio Cassette (11/1/2004)
Audio Cassette (6/1/1992)
Pre-Recorded Audio Player (11/15/2008)
Library Binding (6/1/1995)
MP3 CD (11/1/2004)
Compact Disc (1/1/2005)
First published in 1958, a year after On the Road put the Beat Generation on the map, The Dharma Bums stands as one of Jack Kerouac's most powerful and influential novels. The story focuses on two ebullient 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.
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Praise For The Dharma Bums…
--The Chicago Tribune
"In his often brilliant descriptions of nature one is aware of exhilarating power and originality . . . the entire cast of characters is presented with that not unrefreshing blend of naivete and sophistication that seems to be this author's forte."
--The New York Times Book Review
"Full of sparkling descritions of landscape and weather, light falling through trees, the smell of snow, the motion of animals . . . Jack Kerouac is a writer who cannot be charged with dullness."