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The Dharma Bums explained The Dharma Bums, review The Dharma Bums, trailer The Dharma Bums, box office The Dharma Bums, analysis The Dharma Bums, The Dharma Bums d8be 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

  • Paperback
  • 244 pages
  • The Dharma Bums
  • Jack Kerouac
  • English
  • 11 October 2017

About the Author: Jack Kerouac

Jack Kerouac was born Jean Louis Lebris de Kerouac on March 12, 1922, in Lowell, Massachusetts Jack Kerouac s writing career began in the 1940s, but didn t meet with commercial success until 1957, when On the Road was published The book became an American classic that defined the Beat Generation Kerouac died on October 21, 1969, from an abdominal hemorrhage, at age 47.



10 thoughts on “The Dharma Bums

  1. says:

    That s a completely nostalgic four stars of course Has there been a writer whose reputation has plummeted quite so much between the 70s and now as jolly Jack and his tales of merry misogynism But like Bob Dylan saysWhile riding on a train goin westI fell asleep for to take my restI dreamed a dream that made me sadConcerning myself and the first few friends I hadWith half damp eyes I stared to the roomWhere my friends and I spent many an afternoonWhere we together weathered many a stormLaughin and singin till the early hours of the mornWith haunted hearts through the heat and coldWe never thought we could ever get oldWe thought we could sit forever in funBut our chances really was a million to oneAs easy it was to tell black from whiteIt was all that easy to tell wrong from rightAnd our choices were few and the thought never hitThat the one road we traveled would ever shatter and splitWell that was me and my pals I know where each of them are to this day, but we don t see each other The choices multiplied and it became no longer easy to tell black from white Back then we built a whole galaxy of heroes up from wild trips to the art house cinema to quarry Bergman or Pasolini from the granite cliffs of existentialism, or raids on libraries and second hand bookshops when we got to hear first about Kerouac and Kesey, not to mention Tolkien and Mervyn Peake, not to mention Emily Dickinson and Captain Beefheart and folk music and Alan Lomax and Alan Watts and John Fahey and Buffy Sainte Marie In those days every discovery hit like an express train and every bookshelf held high explosives Life is not lived at that intensity for too many years So forgive me for my four stars for Kerouac, the old bum, the old broke down disgraced beat with his typing not writing and every other reviewer on this site liking to put the boot in, and justified too, really, they re not good books would I recommed any young person with any marbles to read nearly the whole of Kerouac s pile of typing as I myself did NO Read almost anything BUT Kerouac But my half damp eyes are staring back to that room It was on Willow Road in Carlton You can find it on Google Earth but some other people live there now.

  2. says:

    Too much bum, not enough dharma.

  3. says:

    This was really a pleasant surprise After making my way through On the Road and a few other things by Kerouac, I had come to the conclusion that the dude is a hack, and that the other Beats were really on some way better shit I just couldn t feel that rambling ass style that he writes in, even though I acknowledge that it was a conscious decision of his to write that way I get it he writes the way he travels, making quick decisions and trying to be spontaneous and spiritual But to me it s kind of just a garbage decision stylisticallypersonally, I like writers to show a little discipline and take heed to the laws of grammar and punctuation Plus I think he was just drunk half the time I write a lot of stuff when I m drunk too it doesn t mean I would try and get it published unless I sat down and edited the fuck out of it, with a clear head one day Drugs and booze can be good for the creative process, but at some point you ve got to sit down and get serious, whittle down your ideas to a respectable form.Which is what I think Kerouac did here There is some great writing in Dharma Bums , and even when he rambles, it flows with the ease and beauty of a rolling freight train, or a babbling brook Finally, you feel like one of Kerouac s characters have gained something useful and spiritual from the life of being a hobo Ray Smith, the protagonist, embodies the strengths and faults of a lot of guys I know, myself included sometimes I only wish I could have been around in the days where the happily homeless poets would congregate in San Francisco, and talk about the kind of shit that these guys do Sadly, the days where stuff like this happens in America are pretty much long gone, I fear.I think I will take a second look at some Kerouac after being pretty durn impressed by this Namely, Big Sur is now on the list After taking in The Dharma Bums and the fantastic introduction which was included in the edition I read, I feel a newfound respect for what Jack K did and the legacy he left behind He was far from perfect, and a lot of the writing and relationships he left behind make this than evident But than anything I think Kerouac was honest about everything including his own self demise, which he foreshadows eerily in parts of this novel If honesty was his main goal as a writer, in that respect he was definitely a success.One last thing I found cool about The Dharma Bums a lot of American cultural references are derived from this novel Not only from the hippies and the neo hippies, but this is a very influential work in terms of modern artistry The Anticon Records rappers poets collective including Dose One, Why , and others referenced this book heavily in a lot of their stuff during the late 90 s early 2000 s Experimental Hip Hop Rennaissance Lines like Fresh bus station waterand it all ends up in tears anyway were lifted directly from the text, and put onto all these weird hip hop records I ve been listening to for the past decade I had no idea these were quotes from Dharma Bums , but I guess I shouldn t be too surprised Life and art tend to have circular qualities, indeed.

  4. says:

    The Dharma Bums, Jack KerouacThe Dharma Bums is a 1958 novel by Beat Generation author Jack Kerouac The basis for the novel s semi fictional accounts are events occurring years after the events of On the Road The main characters are the narrator Ray Smith, based on Kerouac, and Japhy Ryder, based on the poet and essayist Gary Snyder, who was instrumental in Kerouac s introduction to Buddhism in the mid 1950s 2016 1392 312 978943344313 20 1922 1957 1969

  5. says:

    Jack Kerouac, The Dharma Bums Hopping a freight out of Los Angeles at high noon one day in late September 1955 I got on a gondola and lay down with my duffel bag under my head and my knees crossed and contemplated the clouds as we rolled north to Santa Barbara Kerouac gives us the rambling masterpiece of a sentence with no punctuation and yet chock full of description and character The poverty liberty of hopping a freight , the locale firmly rooted in hippy California Los Angeles, Santa Barbara , the laziness of contemplating the clouds all of these are central to the narrator s character and his attitude He is one with the road we rolled north and in a meditative mood and this feeling saturates every page of this rollicking, humorous, orgasmic Beat classic Just reading the phrase makes me want to throw off all the yokes of society andok enough of thatand on to the last one.

  6. says:

    Yeah man, you know to me a mountain is a Buddha Think of the patience, hundreds of thousands of years just sitting there bein perfectly perfectly silent and like praying for all living creaturs in that silence and just wwaiting for us to stop all our frettin and foolin Jack Kerouac, The Dharma BumsI recently started going to a weekly Kadampa Buddhism and meditation class at a local Unitarian church with a friend of mine I m far too skeptical to jump into or out of religions easily, but I have been attracted to secular Buddhism for awhile for years I used to tell people I was a Zen Mormon Anyway, this recent flirtation with meditation has launched me back into authors I haven t visited in a while The last Kerouac I ve read was 20 years ago, and I never read The Dharma Bums, so I figured it was a good place to start The novel is based losely on Kerouac Ray Smith and his relationship with Gary Snyder Japhy Ryder The book was an early shot in the counter culture movement that included Buddhism, the hippy lifestyle, mountaineering, etc Having grown up in Utah, California, etc., there has always been a resonance from this period I remember friends of mine in HS and college hitchhiking, riding the rails, and heading into the mountains to commune, nearly naked, with nature We were basically just kids playing at Buddhism, and sometimes it feels like Kerouac was too I have to keep reminding myself that I m not reading a clich that these are the guys who really started a lot of this These are the beats, the generation that helped expand and energize the SF Renaissance.Anyway, I enjoyed it for the beats, the bums, the Buddhism, and yes even the bullshit.

  7. says:

    Enfant terrible, a unique individual, jazz lover and a poet this book, was written when Jack Kerouac was thirty six years old He was at the forefront of the Beat Generation in California in the fifties, through to his death in 1969, at the age of forty seven.I kept on telling myself this is not my kind of book and I m not enjoying myself but who was I trying to kid Yes, it s raw in thought but spirituality flows throughout, even though the catholic faith is viewed through the eyes of Zen Buddhism.I have no doubt that Kerouac s own unique background, i.e the gene pool , was responsible for bringing to life an individual who loved company, but who could also be than content to spend time on his own, thinking about nature and the wonders of our planet I can so readily equate to this fact.It was interesting to read that Kerouac s parents, Leo and Gabrielle, were immigrants from Quebec, Canada and that Kerouac learned to speak French at home before he learned English at school.The first paragraph in the introduction to the book could not have been quoted better as to how I came to arrive at my own views about Jack Kerouac When Gary Snyder, the Zen poet immortalized as Japhy Ryder in The Dharma Bums, first met Jack Kerouac in San Francisco in the fall of 1955, he sensed about him a palpable aura of fame and death .This is indeed a magical mystery tour which accesses the innermost recesses of this author s inquisitive, stimulating but also soul searching mind and, dare I say it, an individual who was frequently inebriated This mystery is shown in Ray Smith s I believe this is Jack Kerouac himself life, who makes massive treks 3,000 miles across the United States his adventures passing through Mexico, back into the US, and then taken by a trucker Beaudry was his name back into Mexico who offered to give him a ride if in exchange he could show the trucker hot spots such as the Mexican whore houses Ray went along with this as it was all part and parcel of his journey to Rocky Mount, North Carolina where he was planning to spend Christmas with his mother Roll up, roll up for the magical mystery tour, step right this way.Roll up, roll up for the mystery tour Roll up and that s an invitation up for the mystery tour.Roll up to make a reservation, roll up for the mystery tour.The magical mystery tour is waiting to take you away This work had the most profound effect on me both emotionally and spiritually, and with the spectacular suicide of Rosie, caused me to sink to quite a low level of despondency within myself.Ray was happy in San Francisco and had gone over to Rosie s place to see Cody and Rosie Cody was worried about her She says she wrote out a list of all our names and all our sins, she says, and then tried to flush them down the toilet where she works, and the long list of paper stuck in the toilet and they had to send for some sanitation character to clean up the mess she s nuts Believing that she and her friends were all done for, Rosie slashes her wrists and was taken care of, however, she had obviously made up her mind what she had to do because she returns home and dramatically states to Ray This is my last night on earth and indeed her suicide was truly spectacular.Ray was always a worry for his friends This is shown with Japhy s concerns about his friend s drinking habits just before he goes off to Japan You re just drinking too much all the time, I don t see how you re even going to gain enlightenment and stay out of the mountains, you ll always be coming down the hill spending your bean money on wine and finally you ll end up lying in the street in the rain, dead drunk, and then they ll take you away and you ll have to be reborn a teetotalin bartender to atone for your karma Ray immediately thought, He was really sad about it, and worried about me, and I just went on drinking Ray also considered himself a religious wanderer , who loved to meditate One night I was meditating in such perfect stillness that two mosquitoes came and sat on each of my cheekbones and stayed there for a long time without biting and then went away without biting There s humor yodeling whilst hiking up the Matterhorn with Japhy and Henry Morley, whom Ray found mad and also boring still the poets were having a great time wistfulness Japhy and his meditation his Bodhisattvas , sexual expression with free love, depression, beauty, all pervade this book Knowing though that Ray was partial to his alcohol, I wondered what spiritual state he was in when he was writing this.Thinking about this work brings to mind a reporter I once knew in Fleet Street, London He best reporting was always achieved after he d had a liquid lunch and the words just poured like pearls from heaven Unfortunately, this literary genius ended with an early demise.So in conclusion, we have here a highly religious Catholicism man, who had a joy for life, poetry and Zen Buddhism It was this religion that was the bedrock of all his ideas be it in nature, thoughts, friends, families and all the wonders of our universe So what compelled such a talented individual to cross the final boundary and relentlessly slide and fall towards his own self afflicted decline to the inevitable, leading to such an early death in his forties Was the devil within him, I wonder.Due to this I must read his first book, On the Road but I ve been told that it s not as good as Kerouac s second Well I ll judge that for myself It was such a pleasure for me reading this book and such a cause for reflection of our own lives.

  8. says:

    Kerouac can spin an enjoyable yarn, as long as you don t mind rambling along with him on directionless paths with no real goal in mind but to spin that yarn In The Dharma Bums he takes the reader from city drop outs to mountain solitude, the mind fuck excitement and shit of civilization to the glorious simplicity and utter loneliness of a retreat back to nature.Even though he cheats the reader with some quick fix adverbs in place of the proper description owed his audience, Kerouac still deserves all the accolades bestowed upon him, and so every now and then when I m in the mood I don t mind taking one of these long hikes with writers of his ilk 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 I digress The Dharma Bums is poetry, even if I do think some of it s silly nonsense.

  9. says:

    A pure Kerouac novel, a real call to nature and freedom Once again beautiful.Lisbon Book Fair 2015.

  10. says:

    I remember never really seeing eye to eye with Kerouac s On the Road , it was a book I only managed to drag myself through thanks to a dogged stubbornness And I still think it s one of the most overhyped novels of the 20th century This however was a slightly positive kettle of fish Actually, forget the fish, going by what s mostly eaten here it s like salami, cheese, and crackers.I have to say not all of The Dharma Bums went down well with me, but I still quite liked it anyhow, especially when the narrator Ray Smith a fictional Kerouac takes in the stunning scenery, and there s plenty of that From Oregon, California and South Carolina, to Texas and briefly Mexico, he simply doesn t keep still At times the narrative had me all fidgety, where I felt like getting up and going for a walk in the woods, not that I m likely to find any in the parisian suburbs, apart from the odd tree here and there But it s a book that really makes you want to escape the city and the hustle and bustle of life I wondered whether Chris McCandless took inspiration from Kerouac before going off into the wild.Smith and his new chum Japhy Ryder, ex logger, mountain climber, college graduate, Oriental scholar, and seer of visions, are not your average Americans, they would rather go awandering, carefree, and refuse to be consumers of all the stuff that makes everyone else tick Most of the time they are trying to learn to meditate in Buddhist style, their new goal nothing less than total self enlightenment, the satori of the Zen masters of Japan and China Smith concentrates hard on attaining self enlightenment He meditates daily in all weathers behind his mother s house during a winter visit and with persistence keeps at his self imposed discipline in the wilds of the Sierra Madres, in hobo jungles, beside train tracks, and, finally, on the mountaintop fire lookout Desolation Peak In his often vivid descriptions of nature one is aware of an exhilarating power that seems to run through his body, and again when he creates the atmosphere of lively gatherings for drinking, talking, and horsing around in the simple but stylized dwellings of his Pacific Coast friends there are rough wooden shacks in the forest, and sagging old houses on side streets Here when the entire cast of characters do appear in the one place we are presented with that refreshing blend of naivety and sophistication that seems to be this author s forte And for a book generally about withdrawal and solitude it was rather quite lively and full of zest.

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