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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.

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The Dharma Bums
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4.2 / 5
Mountain climbing, jazz, Buddhism, and booze
November 11th, 2014
Set a few years after On The Road. Jack's friendship with Neal Cassady has cooled down and he finds himself following a new wild spirit by the name of Japhy Ryder. Really great writing. In particular, Kerouac perfectly captures the feeling of hiking, climbing and camping. Highly recommended.
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