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  • Published: 15 August 2018
  • ISBN: 9780241348062
  • Imprint: Peng. Mod. Classics
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 224
  • RRP: $19.99

The Dharma Bums




Jack Kerouac's classic novel about friendship, the search for meaning, and the allure of nature, now in A-format.

The Dharma Bums appeared just one year after the author's explosive On the Road had put the Beat Generation on the literary map and Kerouac on the best-seller list. The same expansiveness, humour and contagious zest for life that sparked the earlier novels sparks this one too, but through a more cohesive story. The books follow 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.

  • Pub date: 15 August 2018
  • ISBN: 9780241348062
  • Imprint: Peng. Mod. Classics
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 224
  • RRP: $19.99

About the Author

Jack Kerouac

Jack Kerouac was born in Lowell, Massachusetts in 1922. In 1947, enthused by bebop, the rebel attitude of his friend Neal Cassidy, and the throng of hobos, drug addicts and hustlers he encountered in New York, he decided to discover America and hitchhhike across the country. His writing was openly autobiographical and he developed a style he referred to as 'spontaneous prose' which he used to record the experiences of the Beat Generation. Among his many novels are On the Road, Maggie Cassidy, The Subterraneans, The Dharma Bums and Big Sur. He died in 1969.

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