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The Dharma Bums (original 1958; edition 1994)
by Jack Kerouac
The Dharma Bums by Jack Kerouac (1958)
Amazon.com Amazon.com Review (ISBN 0140042520, Paperback)One of the best and most popular of Kerouac's autobiographical novels, The Dharma Bums is based on experiences the writer had 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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"Kerouac living his dream as a Zen Lunatic and rucksack wanderer on the fabled golden shores of West Coast America" Ann Charters from the bookjacket.
(summary from another edition)
2 editions of this book were published by Penguin Australia.