Jack Kerouac : The Dharma Bums

Check out this terrific review of and commentary on Jack Kerouac’s classic, The Dharma Bums. J Haeske’s blog, Retracing Jack Kerouac, is full of great material on the Beats and on Kerouac in particular. It’s definitely worth checking out for any Beat fan 🙂

Retracing Jack Kerouac


The Dharma Bums has always been one of my favorite Kerouac books. What I loved from the first time I read it is the relaxed, peaceful and serene atmosphere described in most chapters, such as in the ones in which Ray (Kerouac) and Japhy Ryder (Gary Snyder) are sitting in a cabin, talking and having dinner or tea or are out on the various hiking trips taking place throughout the book. The writing is lucid and concise, reflecting his state of mind during that period in his life. His descriptions of nature and the scenery of the various places in Marin County are lovely. To somebody like me, who is constantly (and so far unsuccessfully) trying to lead a more sedate and simple lifestyle influenced by nature, these chapters are exuding a strong fascination.

The question always springing to mind when I reflect on it, is ‘How would Kerouac’s life…

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