October 31, 2006
October 31, 2006
The Dharma Bums was published one year after On the Road made Jack Kerouac a celebrity and a spokesperson for the Beat Generation. Sparked by his contagious zest for life, the novel relates the adventures of an ebullient group of Beatnik seekers in a freewheeling exploration of Buddhism and the search for Truth.
Another autobiographical novel from Kerouac, THE DHARMA BUMS, encompasses the ideals of freedom set forth by Whitman and Thoreau, with Buddhism thrown in for good measure. Focusing on the friendship between Ray Smith (modeled on Kerouac) and Japhy Ryder (Gary Snyder), the Buddhist sub-theme is evoked in Smith and Ryder's wish to introduce the concept of Dharma to others. Acknowledged by Kerouac scholars to be a more mature work than ON THE ROAD, THE DHARMA BUMS is called "perhaps the most representative expression of the Beat sensibility in a work of fiction" by Sue L. Kimball in "Critical Survey of Long Fiction."
Genre: Fiction + Literature Themes, Fiction + Literature Genres
Sub-Genre: Religion + Beliefs, Family + Friendship, Literary Genres + Types of Novels, Types of Characters, Human Qualities + Behavior, Literary, Philosophy, Conflicts + Dualities, General
- Genre: Fiction + Literature Genres, Fiction + Literature Themes
- Subgenre: General, Conflicts + Dualities, Philosophy, Literary, Human Qualities + Behavior, Types of Characters, Literary Genres + Types of Novels, Family + Friendship, Religion + Beliefs
- Edition: Deluxe
- Language: English
- Author: Jack Kerouac
- Online Item #: 11337920
- Store Item Number (DPCI): 248-00-5979
- ISBN: 9780143039600
- Item can be gift wrapped.
- Made in the USA or Imported