The Dharma Bums by Jack Kerouac

The Dharma Bums

Jack Kerouac

6 hours, 56 minutes first pub 1958 (editions)

fiction classics travel reflective slow-paced
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Two ebullient young men are engaged in a passionate search for dharma, or truth. Their major adventure is the pursuit of the Zen way, which takes them climbing into the High Sierras to seek the lesson of solitude, a lesson that has a hard time sur...

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Moods

reflective 81%
adventurous 76%
inspiring 49%
hopeful 23%
relaxing 21%
lighthearted 20%
funny 17%
emotional 16%
challenging 10%
informative 5%
mysterious 3%
sad 2%

Pace

medium 44%
slow 43%
fast 11%

Plot- or character-driven?

Character: 83% | A mix: 14% | Plot: 1%

Strong character development?

Yes: 44% | It's complicated: 31% | No: 21% | N/A: 2%

Loveable characters?

Yes: 52% | It's complicated: 26% | No: 20%

Diverse cast of characters?

No: 70% | Yes: 17% | It's complicated: 7% | N/A: 4%

Flaws of characters a main focus?

Yes: 36% | No: 31% | It's complicated: 29% | N/A: 2%

Average rating

3.72

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