Jack Kerouac

Discussion in 'Beat and Hippie Books' started by kayatree, May 8, 2004.

  1. rbasm

    rbasm Member

    I read some of his quotes, and I didn't really like it. The ideas are there but I just don't like his wording and style. I would still rather read his books over most other things.
  2. Sage-Phoenix

    Sage-Phoenix Imagine

    I'm reading on the road again right now. Though my favourite so far has been the dharma bums.
  3. weep

    weep Senior Member

    I´m reading "The Dharma Bums" right now, in english. The first Kerouac book for me. Can´t tell if I like it so far, I´m just at chapter 3 and I don´t understand as much as I´d like to...
  4. Elori

    Elori Member

    I like Kerouac, ifeel so much free when im reading to it

    what can be better than freedom? [​IMG]
  5. Spyder

    Spyder La dah de dah

    im reading the dharma bums at the mo, its good, cant say its my favorite book i've read in a while

    kerouac is great, he's got a definate still...im not a huge fan of his works, but it certainly is interesting
  6. seamonster66

    seamonster66 discount dracula

    Dharma Bums is my favorite, followed by On the Road....I also enjoyed reading Big Sur, it showed the dark side of his freewheeling life and his decent into insanity.

    I think Kerouac's works chronicle an interesting time in history, and a sub-group not yet corrupted or imitated.
  7. weep

    weep Senior Member

    What exactly is a "Dharma Bum"? Not knowing that, keeps me a lot from understanding that book. Can somebody explain that to me, please?
  8. seamonster66

    seamonster66 discount dracula

    I think it has to do with their buddhist beliefs and their wandering bum-like (transient) lifestyle...not exactly sure what Dharma means specifically, but I believe its buddhist related.
  9. Spyder

    Spyder La dah de dah

    the dharma bums is about a bunch of beats in the 50's who are also buddhists...calling themselves "dharma bums" or teaching bums...dhama is the buddist word for teaching...

    its about the adventures of this guy who is travelling around in search of enlightenment, living like nomadically and as the buddha would have, with compasion and in poverty.
  10. BraveSirRubin

    BraveSirRubin Members

    I'm currently reading "The Subterrenians" and from there I'm going onto Big Sur.

    From the ones I've read, The Dharma Bums was by far my favourite.
  11. alex714

    alex714 To the Left

    i read dharma bums, thats it

    i got a lot out of that one.
  12. I've heard alot of good things about The Dharma Bums...I hope to read it soon.
  13. On the road... that is a great book
  14. BraveSirRubin

    BraveSirRubin Members

    I'm way into Big Sur now and it's probebly the best Kerouac book I've ever read... amazing book all around.
  15. prankster1590

    prankster1590 Member

    I going to read visions of cody. Am currently trying to understand The naked lunch from Burroughs.

    Dharma Bums was a bit boring. To much buddism. I like the books with a fast tempo. Dharma bums is it almost but on the road is something else. An absolute brilliant book.
    I wish I was Neal Cassady. That man really lived. First his trips described in On the road and then his trips desribed in Tom Wolfe's Kool aid acid test with the Merry Pranksters. Wow.
  16. BlackBillBlake

    BlackBillBlake Hip Forums Supporter HipForums Supporter

    OTR. Desolation Angels and Big Sur are my faves - but I've read them all. I love Jack's spirit. But my heart weeps for him at times.....

    I'd also like to recommend 'Jack Kerouac - a portrait' by Barry Miles, which is far and away the best biog of Jack, and the most sympathetic - it gave me major new insight into Jack's writing and his life, esp. his relationships with the other beats.
  17. dlo24844

    dlo24844 Hip Forums Supporter HipForums Supporter

    On the road Beware! Itried 25 years ago and ended up in jail. Remember vagrency laws. It's a free country HA HA HA. sTAY HIGH AND LIVE FREE. RAT AUZTRALIA
  18. brucebond007

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