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Jack Kerouac's classic novel about friendship, the search for meaning and the allure of nature.

A witty, moving philosophical novel, Jack Kerouac's The Dharma Bums is a journey of self-discovery through the lens of Zen Buddhist thought. This Penguin Modern Classics edition includes an introduction by Ann Douglas.

Following the explosive energy of On the Road, the book that put the Beat Genration on the literary map - and Jack Kerouac on the best-seller list - comes The Dharma Bums, in which Kerouac charts the spiritual quest of a group of friends in search of Dharma, or truth. Ray Smith and his friend, Japhy, along with Morley the yodeller, head off into the high Sierras to seek the lesson of solitude and experience the Zen way of life. But in wildly Bohemian San Francisco, with its poetry jam sessions, marathon drinking bouts and experiments in 'yabyum', they find the ascetic route distinctly hard to follow.

©1958 Jack Kerouac (P)2021 Penguin Audio

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  • 09-22-21

Amazing

I read this book as a twenty something whilst I was travelling and loved it then, but listening to this performance as a fifty something I was uplifted and transported by this tale of beatnik Buddhism.
Ethan Hawke is perfect as narrator and bought a new dimension to this work.
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  • Sam
  • 06-09-22

Perfect

I must write 15 words, what is there to say when all things start and end.

This is perfect.

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  • 06-21-22

Fantastic book will great narration

So glad I stumbled on this - beautifully written and read. I have been meaning to read this for a while, and was thrilled to see it was being read by Ethan Hawke! Highly recommend