The Dharma Bums (Duluoz Legend)
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.
While riding on a train goin’ west
I fell asleep for to take my rest
I dreamed a dream that made me sad
Concerning myself and the first few friends I had
With half-damp eyes I stared to the room
Where my friends and I spent many an afternoon
Where we together weathered many a storm
I get it -- he writes the way he travels, making quick decisions and trying to be spontaneous and spiritual. But to me ...more
In The Dharma Bums he takes the reader from city-drop-outs to mountain solitude, the mind-fuck excitement and shit of civilization to the glorious simplicity and utter loneliness of a retreat back to nature.
Even though he cheats the reader with some quick-fix adverbs in place of the proper description owed his audience, Kerouac still deserv ...more
I kept on telling myself this is not my kind of book and I’m not enjoying myself but who was I trying to kid. Yes, it’s “raw in thought” but spirituality flows throughout, even though the catholic faith is viewed through the eyes of (Zen) ...more
"And who am I?"
"I dunno, maybe you're Goat."
"Maybe you're Mudface."
"Mudface is the mud in your goatface. What would you say if someone was asked the question 'Does a dog have a Buddha nature?' and said 'Woof!'"
Fortunately Kerouac's Proxytagonist du jour acknowledges this as "silly Zen Buddhism", but even so, the koan-lobber is a character being presented as enlightened. Of course, I'm going to see where this is going, but if I hav ...more
My friends frienzied onward toward the train
I had the whole thing read by Indiana
and I had been forever changed.
I started, for some time, to weep
about the beauty in a lonely life
stumbling back to his shade tree, Jack found
a magic trap door in his mind.
The nature, she beckons, relententlessly
dewy sweaters on sweet, green leaves
taste like tripping the child right out of me
to dance mercilessly among the marching trees
push, pull, shove, stop step the hell around
i have to say, it's one of my top ten. not for its far-reaching insights, kerouac's intimate style, or it's lively presentation of a man who was the embodiment, precursor, exemplification, and antecedent to all those to follow dubbed 'heads' or less acurately 'hippies,' but for it's depiction of a ma ...more
So he is a buddhist - correction: he thinks he is Buddha - and he also thinks he is a "crazy saint". He believes he can perform miracles, namely cure his mother of allergies, but then decides he won't perform miracles anymore because that will make him ...more
Spotting the problematic - some people assume it's what you're meant to do with art now. Paraphrase from a comment by Wastrel in a recent Goodreads discussion.
I chose this because, in my tsundoku-reading, I'd recently read 3 short books on Buddhism, and it fit right in. Also, sort of like All Time Popular Goodreads Reviewer Karen and the seasonal avatars. Summer! Time for books s ...more
مشکل اصلی من، همینطور که مشخص است، با ترجمه این کتاب است. مشکلی که وقتی بزرگتر می شود که هجده هزارتومن قیمتِ کتاب می اندیشم. و اینکه مخاطب، با این قیمت، چه ارزشی برای ناشر و مترجم دارد؟ خیلی نمی توانم به ناشر خورده بگیرم، چون سیستم نشر در ایران، کماکان قدیمی و ناکارآمد است. ولی اگر حداقل یک ویراستار درست حسابی برای این ...more
But I do try. Every couple of years I crack out another one of his books that I've started and never finished (which is all but The Dharma Bums and Mexico City Blues), and start reading it again. I rarely get very far.
I did get throu ...more
Re-read four years later and its still one of my favorite Kerouacs.
Reading this 50 years after publica ...more
Jack travels here and there. He knows people with Odd Knowledge. They have plumbed the breadth and depth of human existence. They get laid in the era ...more
As soon as my first husband and I reached San Francisco after driving and camping our way across America from Michigan, we climbed up to Mount Tamalpais and got hi ...more
'They're so silent!' I said.
'Yeah man, you know to me a mountain is a Buddha. Think of the patience, hundreds of thousands of years just sitting there bein perfectly perfectly ...more
"one day i will find the right words, and they will be simple."
"i saw that my life was a vast glowing empty page and i could do anything i wanted."
"see the whole thing is a world full of rucksack wanderers, dharma bums refusing to subscribe to the general demand that they consume production and therefore have to work for the privilege of consuming all that crap they didn't really want anyway such as refrig ...more
For the last year I've carried this book with me everywhere I've went. Once, I picked up the book and read the first 30 pages and put it back in my bag that holds my laptop. But that was months ago and I was a different person, probably more optimistic about where I was at and where I was headed.
Lately, I've decided to start reading again. Now that I look back on it, I didn't want to read The Dharma Bums in g ...more
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Famed writer Jack Kerouac was born Jean-Louis Lebris de Keroua ...more