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Note: This is a summary and analysis of The Dharma Bums and not the original book.

The Dharma Bums is a 1958 novel by Beat Generation author Jack Kerouac. The basis for the novel's semi-fictional accounts are events occurring years after the events of On the Road. The main characters are the narrator Ray Smith, based on Kerouac, and Japhy Ryder, based on the poet and essayist Gary Snyder, who was instrumental in Kerouac's introduction to Buddhism in the mid-1950s. The book concerns duality in Kerouac's life and ideals, examining the relationship of the outdoors, mountaineering, hiking, and hitchhiking through the West with his "city life" of jazz clubs, poetry readings, and drunken parties. The protagonist's search for a "Buddhist" context to his experiences (and those of others he encounters) recurs throughout the story. The book had a significant influence on the hippie counterculture of the 1960s.

GENRE
Classics
NARRATOR
MK
Max Kleinman
LENGTH
00:34
hr min
RELEASED
2017
June 1
PUBLISHER
James Wallace
PRESENTED BY
Audible.com
LANGUAGE
EN
English
SIZE
28.1
MB

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