"Are we fallen angels who didn't want to believe that nothing is nothing and so we were born to lose our loved ones and dear friends one by one and finally our own life, to see it proved?"
"The Dharma Bums" is a naked disquisition on all those cool existential questions. Quite Buddhist, of course, in its flavour, and not without moments of profundity. It seems to divide opinion though. Perhaps it's a bit naive, self-indulgent - pretentious in places. A sort of youthful exuberance pervades; something of the excitable teenager at times. (Though Ray is in his early thirties.) And sticklers will quibble, of course, over the veracity and accuracy of the Buddhist theory and experience...
Still, there's a genuine, urgent, poetic imperative going on - a real lust for life and self-exploration that comes from the heart. It's hard to fault the source of this outpouring, however occasionally misjudged the results. Quite often though, whilst forming these snooty opinions, a line will trip you over with its acuity.
"Standing on my head before bedtime on that rock roof of the moonlight I could indeed see that the earth was truly upside-down and a man a weird vain beetle full of strange ideas walking around upside-down and boasting."
The Dharma Bums Pocketbok – 3 Augusti 2000
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Follows two young men 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.
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- Utgivare : Penguin Books Ltd; Ny utgåvan (3 Augusti 2000)
- Språk : Engelska
- Pocketbok : 240 sidor
- ISBN-10 : 0141184884
- ISBN-13 : 978-0141184883
- Rangordning för bästsäljare: #40,364 i Böcker (Visa Topp 100 i Böcker)
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I felt slightly disappointedGranskad i Storbritannien den 20 augusti 2018
On the road is the best book I've read since the time traveller's wife (very very different books) so I had very high expectations for the dharma bums - I absolutely adore Jack Kerouacs fast flowing, hyperactive style of writing but the dharma bums really seemed to lack something for me, and despite being a very short book I often found myself struggling to read certain parts and forgetting what I had read shortly afterwards, I am still hugely excited to read more from Kerouac though. Maybe the story was in need of bigger more important characters as they failed to come to life for me in this book and I failed to connect with the characters introduced, or maybe a splash of drama somewhere in there as the story had no peaks or troughs and instead rolled flatly along but maybe this is the point and I missed it
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Michael T McGlinchey
Love these editions!Granskad i Storbritannien den 20 september 2020
Big Kerouac fan, although The Dharma Bums isn't one of my favourites of his; the Penguin Modern Classics are beautiful editions though!
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