The Dharma Bums

The Dharma Bums

by Jack Kerouac

Narrated by Ethan Hawke

Unabridged — 7 hours, 16 minutes

The Dharma Bums

The Dharma Bums

by Jack Kerouac

Narrated by Ethan Hawke

Unabridged — 7 hours, 16 minutes

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Overview

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

First published in 1958, a year after On the Road put the Beat Generation on the map, The Dharma Bums stands as one of Jack Kerouac's most powerful and influential novels. The story focuses on two ebullient young Americans—mountaineer, poet, and Zen Buddhist Japhy Ryder, and Ray Smith, a zestful, innocent writer—whose quest for Truth leads them on a heroic odyssey, from marathon parties and poetry jam sessions in San Francisco's Bohemia to solitude and mountain climbing in the High Sierras.


Editorial Reviews

MARCH 2020 - AudioFile

Actor and fiction writer Ethan Hawke narrates this classic novel with anarchic joy. He brings just the right slant, pace, and tone to this portrait of the 1950s Beat Generation. His narration exhibits the unrestrained enthusiasm that emanates from this autobiographical fiction. Protagonist Ray Smith (Kerouac’s alter ego) studies Buddhism, befriends characters who are based on the poets Gary Snyder and Allen Ginsberg, and takes in the San Francisco poetry scene when not riding the rails or hitchhiking around the country. Hawkes immerses himself and the listener in the text, capturing the stream-of-consciousness prose. While some of the party scenes and the male chauvinism may seem dated, the sense of adventure and spiritual seeking never falters. A.D.M. © AudioFile 2020, Portland, Maine

Library Journal

These six very different titles are the latest crop of Penguin's redesigned "Classics Deluxe Editions" Each volume features kick-ass covers drawn by some of today's top graphic artists, including Frank Miller, Yoshihiro Tatsumi, Thomas Ott, Chester Brown, and Tomer Hanuka, with introductions by the likes of Jonathan Lethem and Doris Lessing. Note that the de Sade cover features some nudity and the Lawrence graphics include comics using the F-word and depicting sex acts, so proceed with caution (you'll laugh, but some of your patrons may not). Nonetheless, all beauties. Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

From the Publisher

"In [On the Road] Kerouac's hero's 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  

MARCH 2020 - AudioFile

Actor and fiction writer Ethan Hawke narrates this classic novel with anarchic joy. He brings just the right slant, pace, and tone to this portrait of the 1950s Beat Generation. His narration exhibits the unrestrained enthusiasm that emanates from this autobiographical fiction. Protagonist Ray Smith (Kerouac’s alter ego) studies Buddhism, befriends characters who are based on the poets Gary Snyder and Allen Ginsberg, and takes in the San Francisco poetry scene when not riding the rails or hitchhiking around the country. Hawkes immerses himself and the listener in the text, capturing the stream-of-consciousness prose. While some of the party scenes and the male chauvinism may seem dated, the sense of adventure and spiritual seeking never falters. A.D.M. © AudioFile 2020, Portland, Maine

Product Details

BN ID: 2940170108114
Publisher: Penguin Random House
Publication date: 02/04/2020
Edition description: Unabridged
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