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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (38,155 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Jack Kerouac Narrator: Grover Gardner Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Two ebullient young men are engaged 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, a lesson that has a hard time surviving their forays into the pagan groves of San Francisco’s Bohemia with its marathon wine-drinking bouts, poetry jam sessions, experiments in “yabyum,” and similar nonascetic pastimes.

This autobiographical novel appeared just a year after the author’s explosive On the Road put the Beat generation on the literary map and Kerouac on the bestseller lists. The same expansiveness, humor, and contagious zest for life that sparked the earlier novel ignites this one. The novel is based on Kerouac’s experiences during the mid-1950s while living in California, after he’d become interested in Buddhism’s spiritual mode of understanding. One of the book’s main characters, Japhy Ryder, is based on the real poet Gary Snyder, who was a close friend and whose interest in Buddhism influenced Kerouac. This book is a must-read for any serious Kerouac fan.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “A vivid evocation of a part of our time.”

    New York Post

  • “Tom Parker reads Kerouac’s vividly descriptive narrative with sincere enthusiasm.”

    Library Journal

  • The Dharma Bums, with its mystical, environmental, and cultural messages, is a meaningful and relevant piece.”

    Library Journal

  • “A poetic celebration of life…a fine, clear narration by Parker. Sound quality is excellent.”


Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Patrick Santana | 2/20/2014

    " As good or better than "On The Road." Not to be missed. Just as insightful. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Maxey | 2/7/2014

    " I may have liked this book even more than On the Road. Kerouac's life and adventures are so sparsely described and his characters are all guys that I so want to know. Let me climb a mountain with you, Jack! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Obornys | 1/29/2014

    " I sometimes dream of running around a fire naked like Japhy Ryder. :) It'd be so liberating. My favorite book. Changed my life. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Alexandra | 1/26/2014

    " Nice short read, i liked this more than On The Road. Less action but more introspection, and an obviously flawed but very personal view of buddhism. more than anything, this book just made me want to go hiking or camping. a book that makes me want to do something is always good. "

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