- Audio CD
- Verlag: Blackstone Audio Books; Auflage: Unabridged (November 2004)
- Sprache: Englisch
- ISBN-10: 0786185791
- ISBN-13: 978-0786185795
- Größe und/oder Gewicht: 12,8 x 1,8 x 15,2 cm
- Durchschnittliche Kundenbewertung: 68 Kundenrezensionen
- Amazon Bestseller-Rang: Nr. 1.324.770 in Fremdsprachige Bücher (Siehe Top 100 in Fremdsprachige Bücher)
The Dharma Bums (Englisch) Audio-CD – Audiobook, November 2004
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One of the best and most popular of Kerouac's autobiographical novels, The Dharma Bums is based on experiences the writer had during the mid-1950s while living in California, after he'd become interested in Buddhism's spiritual mode of understanding. One of the book's main characters, Japhy Ryder, is based on the real poet Gary Snyder, who was a close friend and whose interest in Buddhism influenced Kerouac. This book is a must-read for any serious Kerouac fan. -- Dieser Text bezieht sich auf eine andere Ausgabe: Taschenbuch.
"In [On the Road] Kerouac's heroes were sensation seekers; now they are seekers after truth . . . the novel often attains a beautiful dignity, and builds towards a moving climax."
--The Chicago Tribune
"In his often brilliant descriptions of nature one is aware of exhilarating power and originality . . . the entire cast of characters is presented with that not unrefreshing blend of naivete and sophistication that seems to be this author's forte."
--The New York Times Book Review
"Full of sparkling descritions of landscape and weather, light falling through trees, the smell of snow, the motion of animals . . . Jack Kerouac is a writer who cannot be charged with dullness."
--The Atlantic -- Dieser Text bezieht sich auf eine andere Ausgabe: Taschenbuch.
Dharma Bums was published in 1958, just about one year after the trail-blazing On the Road, Kerouac's quasi-autobiographical tale, had put the Beat movement on the literary map. Dharma Bums is a comparable novel but weighs in with more substance on truth or "dharma." The protagonists are two ebullient young men - the narrator Ray Smith, based on Kerouac, and Japhy Ryder, based on the poet and essayist Gary Snyder - are engaged in a passionate search for the elusive enlightenment through dharma - a search that involves them, together or separately, in a series of free-wheeling explorations, both sacred and profane. Their major adventure is the pursuit of the Zen way, "which takes them climbing into the high Sierras to seek the experience of solitude" Kerouac's account of the climb is a spectacular foray into nature writing and bull's eye prophecy - a forecast of the 1960s cultural revolution: "millions of young Americans wandering around...giving visions of eternal freedom to everybody..." The role he saw for himself as a dharma bum was derived from the Diamond Sutra, which held that "Great Being of Enlightenment, in teaching the Verity to others, should first free themselves from all exquisite of disgusting tastes." An experience that was hard to lecture in the pagan netherlands of San Francisco's Bohemia with its grandiose wine-drinking carnival, poetry jam sessions, experiments in Yab-Yum, and similar non-ascetic pastimes. But through it all the two young men remain devoted to their search as Truth Bums, and when we finally take leave of them, each has caught sight of his goal and is on the road to it.
Though Kerouac himself viewed Dharma Bums as hackwork, yet without reverting to traditional fictional technique, he succeeded in molding and shaping his material into a dramatic and coherent narrative that conveyed his themes with power and precision, yet retained his trademark stream of consciousness and jazzy, hopped-up rhythm. Those who regard Kerouac's style outdated should take into account that the New York Times wrote as late as 1998, they should not be surprised that he is once again in vogue among young readers. Kerouac's gallery of Beat prototypes, also included contemporary actors like Montgomery Clift, or Marlon Brando, also hard-boiled private eye types like Humphrey Bogart had an honored place, as did Peter Lorre.
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.
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