A witty, moving philosophical novel, Jack Kerouac's The Dharma Bums is a journey of self-discovery through the lens of Zen Buddhist thought. This Penguin Modern Classics edition includes an introduction by Ann Douglas.Following the explosive energy of On the Road, the book that put the Beat Genration on the literary map - and Jack Kerouac on the bestseller list - comes The Dharma Bums, in which Kerouac charts the spiritual quest of a group of friends in search of Dharma, or Truth. Ray Smith and his friend Japhy, along with ...
A witty, moving philosophical novel, Jack Kerouac's The Dharma Bums is a journey of self-discovery through the lens of Zen Buddhist thought. This Penguin Modern Classics edition includes an introduction by Ann Douglas.Following the explosive energy of On the Road, the book that put the Beat Genration on the literary map - and Jack Kerouac on the bestseller list - comes The Dharma Bums, in which Kerouac charts the spiritual quest of a group of friends in search of Dharma, or Truth. Ray Smith and his friend Japhy, along with Morley the yodeller, head off into the high Sierras to seek the lesson of solitude and experience the Zen way of life. But in wildly Bohemian San Francisco, with its poetry jam sessions, marathon drinking bouts and experiments in 'yabyum', they find the ascetic route distinctly hard to follow.Jack Kerouac (1922-69) was an American novelist, poet, artist and part of the Beat Generation. His first published novel, The Town and the City, appeared in 1950, but it was On the Road, published in 1957, that made Kerouac famous. Publication of his many other books followed, among them The Subterraneans, Big Sur, and The Dharma Bums. Kerouac died in Florida at the age of forty-seven.If you enjoyed The Dharma Bums, you might like Kerouac's On the Road, also available in Penguin Classics.'A vivid evocation of part of our time'New York Post'A descriptive excitement unmatched since the days of Thomas Wolfe'The New York Times Book Review
Very Good-with no dust jacket. First edition, first printing. Free of former owner writing or bookplates. About very good, some rub to lettering on spine and boards with a touch of wear to corner tips and surface smudges. The upper side edge has a thin stain, approx 1" long which does not extend into the margins. It looks like former owner ever so lightly used a pencil to highlight the stain with three horizontal lines. The pages are very clean. Book lacks the jacket. * (this book is in our possession. We ship most books six days a week and will confirm with tracking number for domestic orders or customs number for non domestic) *
Very Good. No Jacket. Book First edition, first printing, as indicated by title page dated 1958 and "Published in 1958 by the Viking Press" stated on the copyright page with no later printing statement. No dust jacket. Book is protected in a clear mylar cover. Black cloth hardcover with green title lettering on the front cover and silver and green lettering on the spine. Light-green top edge. 244 pages. In VERY GOOD condition. Several small faint clear liquid stains scattered across both boards with a couple on the sun-faded green top edge as well. The book is otherwise Fine. No sunning to the spine. No bumping or wear to the edges or corners. Very tight, straight and square with strong, secure hinges with no cracking. Unmarked interior with flawless pages appearing unread. No previous owner signature.
Very Good. No Jacket (as issued) 8vo-over 7¾"-9¾" tall. Dark blue cloth with bronze print on front boards and spine which is slighlty faded. Library card holder on inside front board, lib. sticker on foredge of front endpaper and title page. Book is otherwise very tight and clean. 192 pages.
144 pages. Hardcover, no dustjacket. Good condition. TRAVEL. "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." And so begins this work by the celebrated writer of the beat generation. (Key Words: Beat Generation, Jack Kerouac, Travel, California).
This is, in my opinion, Kerouac's best book. Dharma Bums follows a young group of beats around the emerging northern california scene. The introduction of the zen way of life and its different interpretations by different people is vey interesting. THe imagery Kerouac provides is beautiful, especially his time on Desolation Point. A must read for anyone interested in Kerouac or the Beats.
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