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5.0 von 5 Sternen CLIMB THE MOUNTAIN!
I have been to California and the Sierra Nevada Mountains, but after reading this thought provoking novel I realized I have never been there. Before I was just going through the motions of a tourist. Now when I go back(hopefully this Summer)I am really going to experience the beauty of the mountains and nature. This novel stirred up some very powerful emotions inside...
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3.0 von 5 Sternen "Easy Rider" meets "Bar Fly", meets "Into the Wild"....
A somewhat sad story...The protagonist, a dis-spirited, wistful, melancholy soul, who's "haddit" with middleclass, American society (who hasn't) and - with constant refills of his huge, bottomless wine goblet - hits the Highroad, full of Zen, Buddha, etc...I was just waiting for this guys liver to simply explode from his body...Reminded me a bit of "Catcher...
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5.0 von 5 Sternen CLIMB THE MOUNTAIN!, 6. Januar 2000
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Rezension bezieht sich auf: The Dharma Bums (Taschenbuch)
I have been to California and the Sierra Nevada Mountains, but after reading this thought provoking novel I realized I have never been there. Before I was just going through the motions of a tourist. Now when I go back(hopefully this Summer)I am really going to experience the beauty of the mountains and nature. This novel stirred up some very powerful emotions inside of me such as living life how I want to live it, not how everybody else wants me to live it (Up to this point in my life I am not sure I have been doing that). If it was not currently Winter I would be heading toward the American West with my rucksack, ready to climb the mountain. Read this novel I guarantee you it will be a rewarding experience.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Eeeha! That dharmy-boy Jack shore can smith them words., 26. April 1998
Rezension bezieht sich auf: The Dharma Bums (Taschenbuch)
Eeeha! That dharmy-boy Jack shore can smith them words.  They bounce and spin, leap and unfurl in a cacophony of tremulous abandon in your mind's ear.

The pleasure in reading Kerouac is that he is such a remarkably good, wonderful person and he is so joyous and full of zealotry and surprise.  And he loves everyone, unconditionally.  But there is not a hint of treacle; it is all vividly authentic but awash in kindness.

THE DHARMA BUMS was written in the late 50s, and was a quick follow up to Kerouac's ground-breaking best-seller ON THE ROAD.  Both are less experimental than others of Kerouac's works, but are jaunty displays of Kerouac's famed spontaneous prose.

As with most of Kerouac's work, the novel is written in first person and closely follows events in Kerouac's life, with the identities of his real-life beat friends disguised by pseudonyms (at the insistence of his publisher).

The book begins in southern California in 1955 with Ray Smith [Jack] struggling to hop a fast train to San Francisco.  He arrives in The City after overcoming some difficulties and meeting a good-hearted hobo.  Once in the city, there is a quick chapter--not calling much attention to itself--about Ray's attendance at a poetry reading, which is noteworthy in that it is a fictionalized account of the most famous poetry reading of all time:  when Allan Ginsberg first read "Howl."  [In the novel the poet is named Alvah Goodbook and his poem is titled "Wail."]

Quickly, though, Ray [and the reader] meets the central character of the book, Japhy Ryder.  [It is fun to know that Japhy is based on the Pulitzer-winning poet Gary Snyder and the project Japhy/Gary is up to at the beginning of the novel is to draft the first Chinese-to-English translation of Han Shan's "Cold Mountain." Shan's epic poem is the inspiration of the current best-selling novel of the same name, set during the Civil War.]  Ryder is the ultimate, ebullient frees!pirit who whisks Ray off on an adventure, a climb up the Matterhorn (a peak just outside the current-day borders of Yosemite National Monument).  At all times, Japhy and Ray engage in happy dharma banter, swapping tales and lessons learned.  And back at Japhy's shack of a home there are orgies, jazz and meditation, exceptionally tasty plates of beans and bottles of cheap ruby-red port.

The book continues with fascinating similar events, all written in a lusty, swashbuckling style, full of dharma and comradery.  At the novel's conclusion, a final mountain is climbed--both figuratively and literally--and the experience left me fully satisfied.

Unlike almost all other novels, DHARMA BUMS and others of Kerouac's tales are not driven by a careful, classic  plotline.  There is no achy tragedy that you read your way into the heart of and then hope for a nifty, surprising conclusion.  The book barrels forward from the lust-for-life of its characters and the supreme genius of Kerouac at his craft of threading words.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen The greatest book from the greatest American writer, 24. Mai 2000
Rezension bezieht sich auf: The Dharma Bums (Taschenbuch)
I cannot write enough words to describe how wonderful this book is. I could write a book about its greatness, its mind-numbing beauty, its special place in the pantheon of great human achievements. Jack Kerouac was a shooting star, a dharma bum in the truest sense of the word. This man has a style and fluidity to his writing that is otherworldly, and yet so magically human. He synthesizes poetry and prose in a way that not many have ever approached. His writing is lyrics to his life, my life, your life. He can express the human condition better than anyone I have ever encountered. In the Dharma Bums, he tells about his adventures with Japhy Ryder (Gary Snyder), a man who lived his life the way that Kerouac wrote. Spontaneous, beautiful and pure. This is a book with power, that has changed many peoples lives, including mine, and has the power to influence so many more. Buy five copies of this book and loan them out to your friends and strangers. Kerouac's dream of a rucksack revolution is one of the most beautiful ideas that I have ever known, and this book is the starting point for that inevitable revolution. So get this book and get started. Hit the road and things will never be the same. peace.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen One word "Amazing", 19. Mai 1999
Von Ein Kunde
Rezension bezieht sich auf: The Dharma Bums (Taschenbuch)
Many a time an author decides a novel, should refelct one's life. And we see that Kerouac contains this belief. "Dharma Bums" was a beautiful description of Kerouac's interaction with Gary Snyder, one of the great Beat poets located in San Francisco. This book, not only amazed people about with it's writing, but launched an entire idea of American Buhdism. Many say that On the Road is Jack's best book, but my opinion is that On the Road is a pop version of Dharma Bums. But that is my educated opinion, my personal opinion is that I love this book. Kerouac has been a large influence on my life. As a child my mother and cousin would read me poetry and novels from the beat generation, naturally the older I got the more I started to appreciate the writing. But through it all Dharma Bums is still my favorite (W/ Cassidy's letters to Jack a close second). I recommend this book whole heartly to any individual who truly loves literture, too often this generation gets written off as a bunch of drunks, but Hemmingway and Lost gen members are remembered as a group of talented writers, they had a couple in their day. So give these writers a chance, and start with this book.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Definitive clues on how to be beat and know God., 7. Juli 1996
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Rezension bezieht sich auf: The Dharma Bums (Taschenbuch)
This is an absolute must for anyone who's found that Kerouac
Knows...Mix a bit of Buddha in with his wild prose and
innate fondness for cheap wine and wandering -- then throw
it around the skies of North America -- you've got the real
journeyman's bible. On the Road did start the whole thing;
no denying. But this is where Jack shines and shows it all
all all, When he's writing his Golden Scriptures in the snow
and just being in a way we've forgotten how. Kerouac IS the
Teacher, and if you pick this spiritual textbook up you will
start to see everything that's been on your soul.
The man can tell you where he and his brothers and therefore
humanity took the turns. When you flip through this book on
a rainy afternoon of your own Dharma discovery EVERY page is
making you agree. You'll yes your way through and stop
wishing for the answers. Close your eyes and dive into his
madman's world of angels on Mountaintops and in the city
streets...I Know you won't regret.

Holy.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Simple, Beautiful Novel about the Rucksack Generation, 17. Mai 2000
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Joe Parker "Deciduous" (Baltimore, MD USA) - Alle meine Rezensionen ansehen
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Rezension bezieht sich auf: The Dharma Bums (Taschenbuch)
Dharma Bums is a beautiful story, though there's no real plot to speak of -- no damsel in distress, no hero facing adversity, no complicated twists . . . it's just about life.
The reader follows the typical Kerouac rucksacker as he floats along in his mid-twenties -- hiking the mountains of the west coast, thumbing his way across the country and swapping spiritual observations with Zen enthusiast and companion Japhy Ryder.
This book is a treasure, reminding the reader of the subtle beauties in nature, conversation, travel and friendship. It's a perfect fit for any fan of life.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen the appropriate title "The Heart is a Lonely Hunter", 22. August 1998
Von Ein Kunde
Rezension bezieht sich auf: Dharma Bums (Gebundene Ausgabe)
this book is one of my favorite kerouac novels. with each new reading i find something more insightful than the time before.the book has a mixture of catholic and zen buddhist terms and ideas all expounded by a hobo boddhisattva named ray smith. smith finds friendship with a find assortment of zen lunatics most notably the protaganist japhy ryder, who becomes a buddhist icon of sorts to smith. the first reading of the book one is impressed with the holy wander smith . but with subsequent readings i found that kerouac really intended to make smith more of a buddhist bumbler and those he encountered actually his wise teachers. percieving the novel in this light makes one appreciate kerouac's genius as a novelist. but to really appreciate what kerouac speaks of in the novel one should also read kerouac's desolation angels and some of the dharma. these two books will further enlighten the reader on the power of kerouac the spiritual writer.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen It was a crazy mixed up book..., 4. September 1999
Von Ein Kunde
Rezension bezieht sich auf: The Dharma Bums (Taschenbuch)
This was the first book I have ever read on Kerouac, I got so interested In is writing that Im now on a second. To me, Jack felt constrained by the frailty of the human body and its overall worthlessness in the whole scheme of things. This book tells his story about a chance meeting with a Zen buddhist called Japhy Ryder who Kerouac respected deeply, he talks of his travels on freight trains along the coast and trips hiking up mountains, in essence he thought too much and the more he thought the more constrained he felt.
His best line in the book was "I spent a whole year being celibate in the belief that lust was the direct cause of birth which was the direct source of suffering and pain"
Its a good book, hard to understand in parts if your not American but it was interesting and witty.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen I took too long to read this, but glad I did, 9. April 1998
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Rezension bezieht sich auf: Dharma Bums (Gebundene Ausgabe)
I don't usually appreciate rambling, hundred-word sentences, but somehow that works in Dharma Bums. The free-wheeling sentence structure is dense with description of the land Ray Smith traverses, parties, wine-drinking, poetry-reciting sessions, and how all that ties in with his particular brand of Buddhism. I was never sure where they were going to go next. The payoff for me was near the end, where he heads up to Washington state, ultimately arriving at his fire lookout on remote Desolation Peak in the North Cascades. That's not far from my house, and though much has changed since the '50s, a lot of his description of the trip from Seattle up to the mountain still rings true today. So that's my favorite part of the book, but the whole thing was enjoyable for me. Just don't look for a plot to drive this thing.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen The book that initiated my addiction to beat, 8. Juni 1998
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Rezension bezieht sich auf: Dharma Bums (Gebundene Ausgabe)
As a Californian, frequenter of the Sierra Nevadas, as well as a college student who obsesses over fine American Literature, I found this work to be perhaps the most well written piece of beat fiction i've read. Contrary to popular belief, I feel this is a much more mature and insightful piece than "On the Road" (not to take anything from the brilliance of Kerouac's breakthrough work) and should be held in reverence by literature and philosophy enthusiasts across the globe. Japhy Ryder's Buddha representation, as well as Kerouac's struggle to incorporate his new discovery of traditional buddhism with his original Catholic upbringing are representative of the Western Frontier of Eastern Thought, which is becoming more popular even today, thanks to the likes of Jack Kerouac. Bravo!
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