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 ...
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
Good Minus in Good Minus jacket. 12mo. Jacket has chipping and rubbing, as well as some minor loss to edges. Has wrap stain to flyleaf (front and rear) closed edges v lightly foxed, pp in good order, solid form.
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).
Very Good hardcover in a Very Good+ dust jacket. Ex-library copy. The book shows the normal ex-library markings: stamp to the upper and lower page ends, envelope on the rear end page, tape ghosts to the paste downs, end pages, and boards, etc. The dust jacket has tape ghosts to the inner flaps, but outwardly shows no library signs. Very little rubbing to the jacket. Outwardly a very attractive copy. Images available. 244 pp.
Good. 8vo. 244 pp. First state with misprint 1950 date on copyright page as well as 1958. Spine slanted but binding firm. Spine lightly sunned with gilt lettering. A bit of browning to endpapers, rear endpaper has small "NZ" ink stamp near edge. Faint speckling to top edge, a few small spots to foredge. Corners of red boards slightly bumped, pages clean. No DJ.
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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