Thursday, January 31, 2019

Jack Kerouac's The Dharma Bums Chapter 34 in one sentence

Your assignment for today was to read Chapter 34 of The Dharma Bums and summarize it in one sentence. Below is my one-sentence summary -- post yours as a comment. I'd also love to see general comments about the chapter, or questions. This is the last chapter in the book!

The Dharma Bums Chapter 34 in one sentence:
August arrives, Ray ponders the landscape and feels really free, it snows (and rains), Ray sees a rainbow three hundred yards from his door, it makes him pray and think of Japhy, mornings feel autumn-like, nights are cozy with hot chocolate by the woodfire, bears visit Ray's garbage pit, then just like that season is over, Ray has a vision of Japhy standing on Desolation Peak, Ray is inspired and says, "I have fallen in love with you, God. Take care of all of us, one way or the other," Ray starts down the mountain with his pack and says, "Thank you, shack," adding "Blah" -- which he knows the shack and the mountain will understand, and down the trail back to the world he goes.

What have you thought of this exercise?  If I get positive feedback perhaps we'll tackle another book in the future. Any suggestions?

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