The Dharma Bums: (Penguin Classics Deluxe Edition)

The Dharma Bums: (Penguin Classics Deluxe Edition)

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A deluxe edtion of Kerouac's 1958 classic

Published just one year after On The Road, this is the story of two men enganged in a passionate search for Dharma or truth. Their major adventure is the pursuit of the Zen Way, which takes them climbing into the High Sierras to seek the lesson of solitude.

For more than seventy years, Penguin has been the

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A deluxe edtion of Kerouac's 1958 classic

Published just one year after On The Road, this is the story of two men enganged in a passionate search for Dharma or truth. Their major adventure is the pursuit of the Zen Way, which takes them climbing into the High Sierras to seek the lesson of solitude.

For more than seventy years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English-speaking world. With more than 1,700 titles, Penguin Classics represents a global bookshelf of the best works throughout history and across genres and disciplines. Readers trust the series to provide authoritative texts enhanced by introductions and notes by distinguished scholars and contemporary authors, as well as up-to-date translations by award-winning translators.

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These six very different titles are the latest crop of Penguin's redesigned "Classics Deluxe Editions" Each volume features kick-ass covers drawn by some of today's top graphic artists, including Frank Miller, Yoshihiro Tatsumi, Thomas Ott, Chester Brown, and Tomer Hanuka, with introductions by the likes of Jonathan Lethem and Doris Lessing. Note that the de Sade cover features some nudity and the Lawrence graphics include comics using the F-word and depicting sex acts, so proceed with caution (you'll laugh, but some of your patrons may not). Nonetheless, all beauties. Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780143039600
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
10/31/2006
Series:
Penguin Classics Deluxe Edition Series
Edition description:
Penguin Classics Deluxe Edition
Pages:
224
Sales rank:
57,281
Product dimensions:
8.38(w) x 10.86(h) x 0.63(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Meet the Author

Jack Kerouac (1922-1969), the central figure of the Beat Generation, was born in Lowell, Massachusetts, in 1922 and died in St. Petersburg, Florida, in 1969. Among his many novels are On the RoadThe Dharma BumsBig Sur, and Visions of Cody.

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The Dharma Bums 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 86 reviews.
DStan58 More than 1 year ago
This is not the place to start with Kerouac. If you are a newbie, then you need to start with On the Road. Dharma Bums makes sense if you've read OtR first. If not, it is difficult to make sense of this book. However, Dharma Bums is interesting to read. Kerouac's take on Buddhism may not be straight out of the Shambala Center but it is close to how many Westerners are introduced to Buddhism. Plus, the story is fun to follow. The guy can tell a story.
seanbrustuen More than 1 year ago
I read this book because I wanted to have a basic understanding of Jack Kerouac’s style of writing and I came away from it enlightened on the big ideas of Buddhism. Recognized as one of Jack Kerouac’s most famous books, The Dharma Bums chronicles the Buddhist wanderer Raymond Smith as he travels around the country searching for spiritual truth and wisdom. Smith Hitchhikes his way from San Francisco to his hometown in North Carolina and all along the way breaking away from the conformity of middle-class America. Through the practice of spending as little money as possible, Smith learns that it is unnecessary to slip into the average everyday routines and grows deeper into his understanding that his role on Earth is only temporary. Once spring time came around, Smith began his trek westward to the shores of California to reunite in a small cabin with his spiritual mentor Japhy Ryder. I found it very interesting to get into the mind of Jack Kerouac and have a glimpse into how he was living in the 1950s. The Buddhist perspective presented in this book offers insight into how simply a life can be lived. This book is a great book to take your time on and enjoy slowly while learning the simple lessons that is offered throughout the book. What I took from this story is that God is found in the simplest forms. The closer you can get to the raw elements of nature, the more real the truth becomes.
Trey Bailey More than 1 year ago
Spiritually a little over the top, for me. Philosophically, on par. The adventures that led Smith to 'freedom' keep the reader focused, and have a wonderful way of building on themselves. I just have one burning question, 'Are Smith and Japhy the same person?'
Guest More than 1 year ago
I read Kerouac¿s novel The Dharma Bums & I must say I liked it very much! The story is about two young men as they set out in search of truth. They are Ray Smith and Japhy Ryder (Jack Kerouac & Gary Snyder). These two meet up in San Francisco, California at Berkeley. They attend a bohemia party and poetry jamming (The Gallery Six Reading). This was the beat generation of the 50s & 60s. Japhy Ryder liked reading Zen books such as Diamond Sutra and also works by D.T.Suzuki. He was seeking his Bodhisattvas in everyone he met. Japhy would often quote Buddha: (¿All life is suffering'.) Their goal was to climb Desolation Peak. The solitude was their Satori. Dharma Bums is a great story of adventurer. I also recommend On The Road by Jack Kerouac as well.
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My favourite Kerouac book by far, even if I'm slightly biased by the more mystical content of this book than his others, but it's also one of the best written. I can read it again and again,,,
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Not as good as on the road, in fact its more like leftovers from the authors files. If you like kerouac or are interested in era check out this book
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"The taste of rain, why kneel?"
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I like the main characters perspective of life, but all his experiences and traveling go wayy to fast. Like all in one page, he somehow travels across like three states. ----------------------------------------------------------------------------- But overall good story!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
As someone who enjoyed On The Road and based on the other reviews, I thought this would be a fun read - it's absolutely not. In fact, it is almost indescribably bad. The worst parts of the book are the idiotic conversations these people had. In fact, I am done with this review. I've already wasted enough time and money on it. Rent it or borrow it, but don't waste your money.
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